We understand that pregnancy can be a time of excitement as well as apprehension. Each pregnancy is different and we hope to help you have the most positive experience that you can. There are many questions and concerns that are common to pregnancy and we have provided information on some of these topics here. Of course, we are always available to answer your questions in the office.

What can I do while pregnant?

These are the most common activities asked about by our patients. If you have other concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask us about it.

  • Yes you can:
  • Go to concerts/ sporting events- Loud noises will not harm your baby. Although, you should be aware of how active you may be during the event.

    Dye your hair- There has never been a case report of a baby born with a birth defect due to the mother coloring her hair.

    Exercise- Exercise is not only allowed but encouraged during your pregnancy. For more information check out our Prenatal Wellness Page.

    Travel- You can travel on an airplane until you are 36 weeks along in your pregnancy. Most carriers require proof of due date as they will not let you on an airplane after 36 weeks. If you are going to travel by car make sure to take frequent breaks to move your legs and prevent blood clots. Always bring a copy of your prenatal record with you in case you need to be seen urgently.

    Paint a room- You can paint a room as long as you use good ventilation. Make sure you have open doors, fans, windows in order to make sure you avoid excess fumes.

    Go to a waterpark/ amusement park- You can go to a park, but you cannot go on rides as it may cause bleeding, cramping, or even labor. Please be aware of the signs posted in the park.

  • You Can NOT:
  • Go tanning or get a spray tan- Tanning is not safe, and there are no studies done on pregnant women to prove spray tanning is safe.

    What medications can I take while pregnant?

  • Heartburn
  • Pepcid, Zantac
    Tums, Rolaids
    Prilosec, Nexium, Zegrid

  • Colds/Allergies
  • Limit Sudafed
    All cough drops
    Robitussin (not DM) for cough
    Zyrtec, Claritin
    Saline Nasal Sprays

  • Back Ache
  • Tylenol
    Icy Hot

  • Constipation
  • Colace
    Milk of Magnesia

  • Sleep Aids
  • Unisom
    Tylenol PM

  • Vaccinations
  • Injectable Flu vaccine
    Whooping cough (tdap)

    When will I feel the baby move?

    Usually women feel the baby move about 19-20 weeks. If you don’t, don’t panic as it can take up to 24 weeks to feel movement. At 28 weeks, we suggest kick counts. A baby should move 10 times/2 hour time frame when it usually the most active. Always pay attention to the movements when your baby is usually the most active.