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See below for basics on pregnancy restrictions and recommendations for a normal, healthy, pregnancy. Every pregnancy, mother, and fetus is different and your unique pregnancy may require that you vary from what you see below. Always go with the recommendations/restrictions you have received from your provider. You can always reach us with questions or concerns at (248) 997-5805.
No amount of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy. We stronglyy discourage any consumption of alcohol or recreational drugs during pregnancy as it significantly increases the risk to the baby. Please inform your provider of any substances you are using.
It is recommended that you consume no more than 200mg of caffeine per day, which is the equivalent of 2 small cups of coffee/day.
Dental care remains very important during pregnancy, especially as you are more likely to experience sore and sometimes bloody gums. DO get your routine checkups, including cleanings and fillings. If x-rays are necesary, make sure they cover your abdomen with a lead apron. DO NOT consume nitrous oxide as part of your treatment. Make sure to inform the dentist/hygienist that you are expecting.
It is recommended that during uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies, you continue your pre-pregnancy routine with some modifications. Regular exercise will help keep you and the baby healthy, can help you meet your pregnancy weight gain goals, and can make labor and delivery easier! We recommend a moderate exertion, with your heart rate staying in the 130’s (Click here to learn how to check your pulse) for 30 minutes daily. Stop if you notice any vaginal bleeding, cramping, or if you are having difficulty catching your breath or are having any chest pain or dizziness. Drink lots of water! (You may be asked not to exercise if you are having any issues with blood pressure, preterm contractions, vaginal bleeding, growth concerns with the baby or multiple-birth pregnancy. This will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis). Check out the full selection of Prenatal Classes offered by Beaumont including exercise, yoga and swimming.
The food limitations are because certain toxins in foods (like mercury) can cause signficant damage to your baby and food-borne viral and bacterial illnesses can be deadly to developing babies. Nasty bugs (Salmonella, Listeria, etc) that, when not pregnant, might just make you miserable with the symptoms of food poisoning, can actually cause fetal death, miscarriage, or other serious harm to your baby. So please, strictly follow the below guidelines on foods to avoid.
*This is a great guideline put together by the Mayo Clinic. This is another great pregnancy food guidelines by the March of Dimes. It also includes info on some vegetables, herbals, etc.
We advise you to wait until your second trimester (12 weeks pregnant) to begin using permanent hair treatments.
Yes, while lying on your left side, or at a specific prenatal massage salon where they have back and belly support to safely hold you and the baby while lying down. They may ask for a note from your practitioner, which we are happy to provide if there are no concerns.
How often will I be seen in the office for prenatal visits? (this schedule is for an uncomplicated, low risk pregnancy)
There are common conditions that you might face during pregnancy. To help with symptom control, the following meds are considered safe while pregnant. Please note that no drug is 100% without risk or side effect and, of course, you should avoid any drug that has ever caused you an allergic reaction. As always, discuss management options with your practitioner.
Many brands have a multitude of options. Please carefully read the labels, as any “multi system” or “sustained action” forms of drugs might contain unsafe items. Also, always follow the instructions on the box, never exceeding the recommended amounts.
If you do not see a medication on this list, avoid or discuss it specifically with your practitioner.
Start with the first day of your last period (LMP) and plug it into an online pregnancy calculator
Before you get pregnant, when you begin to try to conceive is the best time, and then take it throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Check to make sure that the brand you choose contains a minimum of 400mcg (0.4mg) of folic acid. It is also recommended that you take one containing additional Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA. Additional Iron supplementation may be required, discuss with your practitioner. Click here for more details.
We recommend you seek educational opportunities to, not only help prepare you for birth, but also for infant care. Check out Beaumont’s prenatal and infant classes here.
This is something that is very important to discuss with your practitioner, preferably BEFORE you start trying to conceive. Some medications are perfectly safe for the baby while others can be very dangerous, even deadly to the baby. Discuss all home medications and supplements at every visit.
Swimming in a fitness pool is a wonderful exercise during pregnancy, and can help ease back tension. AVOID scalding hot baths and any jacuzzi or sauna while pregnant. You do not want to raise your core body temperature above 100F.
Traveling by car or plane is fine up to 34 weeks in an uncomplicated pregnancy. Stop to walk around every hour and drink plenty of fluid. If flying, check you’re your airline before you book the flights, as each airline has different guidelines about how far into your pregnancy that will let you travel. We are happy to provide you a note proving your gestational age. If you must travel >1 hr away after 34 weeks of pregnancy, we recommend carrying a copy of your prenatal records with you in case you should go into labor while away from our care.
All pregnant patients, during any trimester, should receive the flu shot to prevent infection. Not only can the flu make you miserable, but it can be dangerous for you and your baby.
During flu season, Oakland Macomb Ob/Gyn is offering flu shots to all pregnant patients. They are also available at some pharmacies for a nominal fee. For more information on the flu shot.
Also, for pregnant patients: pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise and can be very harmful to a newborn. Please get your Tdap vaccine update, after 28 weeks gestation, and have every member of your family and all caregivers for the baby get theirs, too. For more informatin on the pertussis vaccine.
It is essential to avoid contact with a mosquitos infected with Zika during pregnancy and in the months leading up to pregnancy, as it known to cause birth defects. The virus can be transmitted between sexual partners. There are travel advisories in Mexico, South And Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, parts of Asia, and parts of Miami, Florida.
Follow this CDC link for the latest updates and information, alone with ‘Zika Travel Information’ for an up-to-date service the CDC offers which allows you to text your travel destination and find out if there are Zika warnings. Information is changing rapidly, so stay abreast to the new CDC recommendations.
If you have any questions/concerns about travel during or in anticipation of pregnancy, or if you think you may have been exposed, please don’t hesitate to talk to your Oakland Macomb provider.