Pregnancy Guide

Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy! The information below offers a guide on important things to know over the next nine months, in order that you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, happy baby.

If you are having trouble getting pregnant, Dr. Michael Freeman – the area’s only reproductive endocrinologist – may be able to help! For questions or more information, please call Dr. Freeman’s office at (386) 254-8211.

Mother & Baby Care

Taking care of yourself and your unborn baby is very important. We suggest:

  • Diet: Eat a well-balanced diet with lots of protein, fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of water – filtered or bottled is best.
  • Weight gain: Average weight gain during pregnancy is 25-30 lbs.
  • Vitamins: Take daily.
  • Exercises: Take walks or continue with any physical activity in which you have been engaged. Talk to your physician about what is feasible for your pregnancy.
  • Shower or bathe daily: Hygiene is very important.
  • Dental care: Visit your dentist as needed for oral hygiene and maintenance of healthy teeth. Poor dental hygiene has been linked to preterm labor.
  • Sex: There are no restrictions during pregnancy unless in the case of vaginal bleeding, membranes have ruptured or if you have been evaluated for preterm labor.
  • Painting: If you must paint, use latex paint. Be sure to paint in a well-ventilated area.

Things to Avoid During Pregnancy:

  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Advil, Motrin, aspirin, ibuprofen
  • Prescription drugs unless discussed with your OB/GYN first
  • Marijuana, cocaine or any street drug
  • Getting new pets
  • Cleaning a cat litter box
  • Excessive intake of caffeine containing products such as chocolate, cola, coffee or tea (more than 2-3 times daily)
  • High-impact exercise programs or excessive weight-resistance training
  • Hot tubs or saunas
  • Tanning beds
  • Getting a tattoo
  • Air travel during last weeks of pregnancy
  • Riding where there is danger of physical injury

If possible, avoid taking any medication during your first trimester. Check with your physician before taking any medication while pregnant. Only when necessary, the following medications are typically allowable during pregnancy:

  • Antacids: Maalox, Mylanta, Tums
  • Colds or Flu: Actifed, Chlor-Trimetron, Sinutab, Sudafed, RobitussinDM, Tylenol products
  • Diarrhea: Imodium-AD, Kaopectate
  • Fever: Tylenol
  • Laxatives: Citrucel, Colace, Doxidan, Senekot, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Peri-Colace
  • Nausea: Emetrol (Although nausea is normal during first trimester, severe nausea may need a prescription medication or hospitalization)

For questions or additional information, our parent educators stand ready to guide you! To talk to one of our parent educators about your pregnancy experience, childbirth classes or preparing for your hospital stay, call (386) 231-3152.

If you have not yet selected an OB/GYN or wish to make an appointment with a health care provider, find a doctor here.