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General Health Care

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a job, should I stop working?

Generally, you can work right up until the end of your pregnancy. The only types of jobs that might be a problem are those where you work around certain chemicals or x-rays.

If you have any questions, ask us.

Can I continue to have sex?

If you experience any type of pain during intercourse or have vaginal bleeding, then abstain and call your doctor. It is considered normal to see a very small amount of spotting when wiping with bathroom tissue 24-48 hours after intercourse. If this is all that you experience, then no need for concern. However, even though it is considered “normal”, we ask that you do not have anything inside of your vagina for the next seven days. There are some problems in pregnancy that could cause your MD to tell you to avoid sex completely
during your pregnancy. We call this “pelvic rest.” Please ask any questions you have about sexual relations during your pregnancy.

Is it okay to douche during pregnancy?
There is a possibility that using a douche while pregnant may cause premature (preterm) labor—going into labor too early. It is recommended for you to not use any vaginal douche.
Is it OK to travel during my pregnancy?

There are several precautions and restrictions, however. Please stop all travel outside of the immediate area (within one hour or less of the hospital) at 35 weeks Gestational Age. If you are traveling by airplane, drink plenty of water and get up out of your seat to walk around three to five minutes for every one hour of flying. For travel by car, stop and walk around for several minutes every two hours. You are at an increased risk for blood clots during pregnancy and these tips will keep your circulation moving. If you plan to vacation/travel to altitudes above 8,000 feet sea level, stay well hydrated and be aware that you may not tolerate high altitudes well when you are pregnant. It is always important to discuss travel plans with your MD.

What about high altitude stays—about 8-9,000 feet?

In non-high-risk pregnancies, short stays (several days) at high altitudes are generally not felt to be a significant problem. Women who are at low-risk during pregnancy living at low altitudes should avoid vigorous exercise if they visit high altitudes for short periods of time. In high-risk pregnancies, high altitude exposes the mother and developing fetus to less oxygen and should be avoided whenever possible.

Your physician will be happy to discuss your special problem with you.

Should I go to the dentist?

Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are important to continue. Always let your dentist know you are pregnant and use extra protection if x-rays must be done.

How should I take care of colds or small aches and pains?

You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for mild aches and pains. Check our over the counter medication page for other safe meds to take in pregnancy.

Consult our office as needed.

What about clothing?

- Wear comfortable clothes that are not tight on your belly
- Flat-heeled or broad-heeled shoes are recommended
- Use a bra that gives good support to your breasts

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Updated IV, 12,06

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