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Pregnancy

Tylenol is safe to take for a headache, fever, or any general discomfort. Follow the recommended dosage on the bottle.
Sudafed or Actifed is safe to take for a decongestant. Robitussin is safe to take for a cough. Tylenol is safe to take for fever, aches, and pains. Sore throat lozenges are safe to take for a sore throat. Please avoid poly pharmacy, especially early in pregnancy. Please schedule an appointment with the doctor If your symptoms do not resolve. Remember to keep hydrated and get rests if you have a common cold.
There is no danger to your baby if you have had the chicken pox. If you are not sure, a blood test can be done to determine if you are immune. If you are not immune, please call your physician during office hours. If you think you are developing chicken pox, please call your doctor when you see sores. DO NOT make an appointment or come into our office as you may expose other pregnant women.
It is likely that you have had the disease as a child and are therefore immune. If you are not sure, a blood test can be done to determine if you are immune. It is not likely that you will contract the disease with casual contact. Good hand washing and hygiene are important to prevent infection. Please call your physician during office hours if you have been exposed.
Travel within the Continental United States is safe up to your 35th week of pregnancy. It is important to remember to drink plenty of water, and to get up and walk about the cabin of the plane every 30-45 minutes. Additionally, you can wear anti-DVT stockings to improve blood circulation to your lower extremities. Please check with your insurance company to make sure you are covered outside the Houston area should an emergency arise.
You may sleep on your back until the third trimester as long as you are comfortable. At that time if your uterus compresses your major blood vessels you may become nauseated or dizzy. Placing a pillow under one hip should reduce or prevent these symptoms.
Increase oral fluids, dietary fiber (fresh fruits and vegetables), and exercise (walking). You may try Citrucel, Metamucil or Fibercon. Coffee and herbal teas can also have a laxative effect and alleviate constipation. If symptoms remain persistent and severe, Ducolax suppositories or Fleet’s enema may be used
Early in pregnancy it is normal to feel cramping as the uterus grows and discomfort as the ligaments stretch. During the second trimester, it is normal to feel pains in the pelvis as the uterus grows, your skin stretches, and the baby moves around. During the third trimester, it is common to have a backache and sciatica. Sciatica causes shooting pains down the back of the leg and buttocks. Toward the end of the third trimester, ligaments in the hips and pelvis loosen causing discomfort. The baby may kick nerves on the inside of the uterus causing shooting pains toward your upper abdomen or vagina. Areas of numbness may also occur on your abdomen. Any pain that persists or is severe should be evaluated by a physician. If you are concerned about preterm labor, please call your physician.
You can expect to begin to feel the baby move at about 20 weeks of pregnancy. You may not feelregular movements until 26 weeks of pregnancy
Yes, it is common to have spotting or bleeding in these situations. The spotting should resolve in about 24 hours. Call for heavy bleeding (like a period) or prolonged bleeding.
Yes. You need to be healthy for the baby to be healthy. Use of inhalers such as Ventolin, Asmacort, Proventil, or Flonase will help to keep the breathing passages open. If you are on an antihistamine, Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl, Dimetapp and Zyrtec are safe.
Obstetricians have standardized timing a pregnancy to 40 weeks so that it is easier to communicate and determine due dates as well as testing. The first day of your last menstrual period is used to calculate your due date. 20 weeks is exactly half way through your pregnancy or about 4 1/2 months along.

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