Frequently Asked Questions During Pregnancy

1). May I drink pop/soda?

Yes, in moderation.

2). How much can I exercise?

If you have been active, you may continue. Exercise at a pace where you can talk comfortably.

3). What should I do for a cold?

Drink a lot of fluids, eat well, and rest.  A vaporizer may help. Tylenol, Sudafed, Dimetapp, and plain Robitussin are permitted.

4). May I be in a house if the interior is being painted?

Yes. Make sure there is good ventilation.

5). What can I take for heartburn?

You may try Rolaids, Maalox, or Tums. You can also try Pepcid AC or Zantac.

6). What do I do for hemorrhoids?

Purchase Anusol HC or Preparation H at the pharmacy and follow directions on the box.            

Use a stool softener such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Senokot.

7). May I take medications for a headache?

Headaches are not uncommon during the first 17 weeks of pregnancy. If needed, plain or Extra Strength Tylenol may be used according to package directions.

8). Are dental x-rays and Novacaine OK?

Local anesthesia is fine. Be certain your abdomen is shielded if it is absolutely necessary to have dental x-rays.

9). May I use a tanning booth?

Using a tanning booth is not recommended. Use sunscreen when outdoors.

10). May I use a hot tub?

Hot tub use is not recommended during pregnancy.

11). What if I have been exposed to chicken pox?

There should be no problem if you have already had chicken pox. If you are unsure if you have had chicken pox, inform you doctor. A blood test can be done to see of you had chicken pox in the past and are immune. Try to stay away from anyone infected. If you are not immune and are exposed to someone with chicken pox, let you doctor know right away.

12). What symptoms should I report to my doctor?

Severe headaches, contractions, bleeding, cramping, or any loss of fluid from the vagina, decreased movement of your baby, fever over 100.4 degrees, severe or sudden swelling in face, hands, ankles, or feet, or blurred vision.

13). What can I do about constipation?

For constipation, try food high in fiber such as:       

  • Bran, whole grains, cereals
  • Fruit (fresh or dried)
  • Raw vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, celery, etc.)
  • Cooked vegetables (cauliflower, potatoes, rhubarb, string beans, corn, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, etc.)
  • You may also try Metamucil, Fibercon, Milk of Magnesia, Colace, or Surfak

14). Can anything be done to stop morning sickness?

To PREVENT morning sickness, try the following suggestions until you find on that works:

  • Eat a piece of bread or a few crackers before you get out of bed in the morning or when you feel nauseated.
  • Get out of bed slowly. Avoid sudden movements.
  • Have some yogurt, cottage cheese, juice, or milk before you go to bed or before you get up.


  • Eat several small meals during the day so your stomach doesn’t remain empty for a long time.
  • Eat high protein foods such as eggs, cheese, nuts, and meat, as well as fruits and fruit juices
  • Drink soups and other liquids between meals instead of with meals.
  • Avoid greasy or fried foods. They are hard to digest.
  • Avoid spicy or heavily seasoned foods.


  • Sip soda water (carbonated water) when you begin to feel nauseated.
  • Take deep breaths
  • Drink spearmint, raspberry leaf, or peppermint tea.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL) 200 mg. in the morning or evening may help.
  •  Emetrol can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy and is safe to use.