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Common Pregnancy Questions

Common Pregnancy Questions

Common Questions

  • Hair coloring and perms are safe at any time.
  • Painting should be done in a well-ventilated area and only if necessary.
  • Ventilate your home well before returning after exterminations.
  • Full, tender breasts are normal.
  • Urgent dental work is okay at any time. See the paragraph later in this booklet about dental care.
  • Caffeine intake should be eliminated if possible but definitely limited to no more than 1 to 2 servings per day (<200 mg). Below are some estimated caffeine values.  Please check the nutritional information for specific products to obtain an accurate caffeine amount.

8 oz. brewed coffee 120mg-180mg
8 oz. brewed tea 20mg-90mg
8 oz. soda 10mg-50mg
Chocolate 10mg
Starbucks coffee 100mg-200mg


Travel by any route is okay during the first and second trimesters, unless you have had any complications with your pregnancy.  Your physician should examine you prior to any travel in the third trimester.  Be sure to consult your physician before you make plans to travel out of town during your last trimester of pregnancy.  If your pregnancy is considered high risk or if you have had any complications, consult your physician prior to any travel during the course of your pregnancy, regardless of trimester.

Probably the three greatest dangers to travel are automobile accidents, kidney infections and blood clots in the legs.

  • ALWAYS wear your seat belt
  • Drink plenty of fluids while traveling, enough that you need to urinate every two hours. This will help prevent bladder and kidney infections.
  • Blood clots in the legs are especially dangerous, and pregnancy is a time where you are most prone to blood clots. While traveling, move your feet and legs frequently, flexing your calf muscles.  Get up and walk for a few minutes every hour or two, especially on long airplane flights.  You may want to discuss with your doctor the use of support hose or “TED” hose if you are planning a long car or airplane trip.  The advice above about fluid intake is especially important on airplane flights.


Every medication carries with it risks and benefits.  It is important to discuss with your doctor all prescription and non-prescription medications you are or may consider taking.  This includes vitamin supplements, herbal and so called “natural” supplements.  We would prefer that it not be necessary for you to take any medications during your pregnancy, however we do realize that this is not possible for many patients.

DO NOT discontinue any medications prescribed for significant medical problems unless you have first spoken with the physician who prescribed the medication for you and with your obstetrician.  It is often far more dangerous for you and for the baby to suffer the effects of a disease than it is to take the medication used to treat the disease.  If you are prescribed a medication during pregnancy, please take the entire course of the prescription.

Listed below are common conditions and medications that are thought to be safe to use on an occasional basis for these conditions.  If you find that you need one of these medications frequently, please discuss with your doctor or the nurse. You may use the generic form of these medications if you’d like.

Allergies Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec
After 1st Trimester: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride)
Cough/Cold Robitussin (plain), Tylenol, Mucinex, Delsym
Congestion Sudafed, Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride)
Constipation Metamucil, Surfak, Colace, Fibercon, Milk of Magnesia, Miralax
Diarrhea Imodium
Gas/Flatus Mylanta, Simethicone (Gas-x)
Headache/Fever Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Heartburn/Indigestion Mylanta, Riopan, Tums (avoid Alka-Seltzer), Zantac, Tagamet, Prevacid, Pepcid
Hemorrhoids Anusol cream or suppositories, Tucks, Preparation H
Herpes Domeboro soaks, discuss with your doctor’s office a prescription for an anti-herpes prescription
Nausea Emetrol, Vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine) 25 mg per day
Sore Throat Cepacol lozenges, warm salt-water gargles
Skin Irritation Calamine, Caladryl, Corticaine, Lanacort, Hydrocortisone 1% cream, Neosporin

Avoid any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, or Motrin unless prescribed by your physician.

Avoid any mega dose vitamins, especially those containing high doses of vitamin A.

Discuss with your doctor any and all over the counter medications, vitamins and herbs you may be taking.

Absolutely do not take any form of Accutane (Acne-Medication)

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