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During your pregnancy you will want to avoid any activities or substances which may have a harmful effect. You will want to avoid any medications unless absolutely necessary. As a general rule, if you have a temperature over 100.4 or if your symptoms are not improved with the medications on the approved list, you should contact our office. For additional Medication usage information please refer to the “Medications” page.

During your pregnancy you should also avoid the following:

  • Smoking
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Consumption of raw meats
  • Fish containing higher levels of mercury, such as shark and kingfish
  • Unpasteurized cheeses and dairy products
  • Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame (Splenda is acceptable)
  • Douching or use of tampons
  • Cat litter boxes
  • Hot tubs and saunas

You should limit your intake of the following:

  • Caffeine (the following have a HIGH caffeine content)
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Colas
  • Salt

OTHER PHYSICIANS:

When seeing other physicians, please advise them that you are pregnant. Please feel free to clear all prescriptions with our office. AVOID x-rays when possible.

TEETH:

Most dental procedures are safe during pregnancy and good dental health may help avoid certain pregnancy complications.

WORK:

Fortunately, most women are able to continue working throughout the pregnancy. There are certain jobs which may need to be modified or special precautions taken during pregnancy. Please discuss any concerns with Dr. Dulaney.

TRAVEL:

It is fine to travel during your pregnancy (including air travel), unless otherwise advised. After 34 weeks, we ask that you stay close to both your hospital and your physician.

EXERCISE:

Exercise is safe in pregnancy; however, you should not start any new exercise program during pregnancy. You should avoid any exercises lying flat on your back after 20 weeks and you ideally want to keep your heart rate below 140-150. You should avoid all contact sports or exercises which require a high degree of balance such as water and snow skiing, cycling, skating, or horseback riding. Use common sense in your exercise regimen.

 

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