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Common Questions

When will I feel my baby move?
Sometime between 16-25 weeks of pregnancy, mothers will begin to feel movement. Initially, movements will be infrequent and may feel like butterfly flutters. As your baby grows, you will feel movement more often. It is recommended to start counting fetal movements beginning at 28 weeks once daily until you get 10 movements within 2 hours. A good time to do this is 20-30 minutes after breakfast and dinner. If you are concerned about movement, eat or drink something with sugar or caffeine, lie on your side, and press your hands on your belly. If you have concerns about feeling baby movements or notice a decrease in movements, contact the office. Note that an active baby is generally reassuring.

Why am I so tired? What’s the best sleep position?
It’s normal to feel more tired. You may also notice you need more sleep than usual. Try to get at least 8-10 hours per night. Listen to your body.

Try to sleep on your side to allow for maximum blood flow to baby. Lying on your back can cause your blood pressure to drop. You may also find it helpful to put a pillow behind your back and between your knees to improve comfort. As your pregnancy progresses, use more pillows and frequent position changes to stay comfortable.

Can I use a Jacuzzi?
Using a Jacuzzi is not recommended.

Can I travel?
Traveling is safe during pregnancy for uncomplicated pregnancies. After 36 weeks, we recommend staying close to home. When you do travel, be sure to take breaks to stand up/walk around at least every two hours. If traveling by vehicle, wear a seat belt, positioning it under your abdomen as your baby grows. If you are involved in a car accident, go to the nearest emergency room where you will be directed to labor and delivery for fetal monitoring.

Can I care for my pets?
If you have cats, avoid changing the litter box or use gloves and a mask when changing it. Toxoplasmosis is a rare infection that you can get from cat feces.

What do I need to know about dental care?
Teeth cleanings and dental x-rays are safe in pregnancy. Your teeth and gums may experience sensitivity throughout the pregnancy. Inform the dentist of your pregnancy and shield your abdomen if x-rays are necessary.

common-questions-1Can I go to the salon for treatments?
Hair coloring and nail care should always be done in large, well-ventilated areas.

Can I exercise?
30 minutes of exercise is recommended daily in uncomplicated pregnancies. This could include walking, jogging, aerobic class, yoga, swimming, etc. Weight training is acceptable. Listen to your body during exercise and drink plenty of fluids. After 20 weeks, avoid lying flat on your back and avoid activities with a high risk of falling or trauma to your belly (i.e. snow skiing, kickboxing, horseback riding).

Can I have sex?
You can have sex unless you are having pregnancy complications or sex becomes too uncomfortable. There are times when exercise and sex should be avoided. This includes vaginal bleeding, leaking amniotic fluid, preterm labor, and placenta previa.

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