During Pregnancy FAQs

What do I do if I get cramps during pregnancy?

If you are experiencing cramps during pregnancy, there are a few things to consider. Cramps during pregnancy are normal but can scare the person experiencing them. Cramping is simply a response to any change in the uterus. If you are experiencing bleeding accompanied by cramps during pregnancy, set up an appointment to see Dr. Hill right away.

How long can I work into my pregnancy?

The answer of how long you can work into your pregnancy is different for every woman and is dependent on your complications and the development of your baby. Most women are able to work until their due date. If complications do happen, Dr. Hill could suggest bedrest for the health of you and your baby.

Can I travel during pregnancy?

Unless complications prevent this, it is safe for most women to travel up to 36 weeks pregnant. Just make sure to take precautions, such as using a seatbelt under your hips, bringing snacks to prevent nausea, and carrying a copy of your medical records. Always consult with Dr. Hill before traveling late in your pregnancy.

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to have sex during pregnancy as long as you don't have any complications preventing it. If you are concerned about having sex during pregnancy, call Dr. Hill and schedule an appointment today.

Why am I experiencing tingling or numbness?

You may experience a tingling sensation or numbness during pregnancy. This is because as your uterus grows, your body retains more water. This constricts some nerves and causes numbness. You may experience numbness from this in your arms, feet and legs.

What happens if I get an infection during pregnancy?

You can still get sick while you’re pregnant. The flu, colds, upset stomach, fever, and even STD’s can all happen during pregnancy. It is important not to take over the counter medications for these while pregnant. Call Dr. Hill to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about what to do next.

Why am I experiencing frequent urination?

Frequent urination is very common in pregnant women. Urination will become more frequent the farther into a pregnancy you are. If urination is ever painful, changes in color or odor, or is accompanied by a fever, you may have an infection. If this happens, call Dr. Hill right away to schedule an appointment.

Why am I having difficulty sleeping?

Many pregnant women have difficulty sleeping because it is hard to get comfortable in your changing body. There are some things that can help relax you and help you sleep better, like taking a warm bath before bed, sleeping on your side with a body pillow, or relaxation exercises.

Is it safe for me to exercise during pregnancy?

It is safe to exercise during pregnancy if you exercised prior to getting pregnant. You need to make sure your heart rate does not exceed 140 during exercise. Exercising while pregnant can actually help strengthen muscles that you may need during labor. If you didn't exercise before pregnancy, it's okay to walk and swim in moderation.

Is it safe to get a 3D or 4D ultrasound?

Getting a 3D ultrasound or 4D ultrasound is considered just as safe as getting a 2D scan. This is because the images in a 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound are made up of sections of two-dimensional images converted into a picture, plus the power of intensity is the same as it is for 2D scanning. However, it is not recommended to get a 3D ultrasound or 4D ultrasound purely for a souvenir, because it means you are exposing your baby to more ultrasound waves than is medically necessary. Some private ultrasounds can be as long as 45 minutes to an hour, which may be longer than the recommended safety limits.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) report there is no reliable scientific evidence showing that ultrasound (2D ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, 3D ultrasound4D ultrasound) is harmful to a developing fetus, but they caution it’s possible some damaging effects could be discovered in the future.

Have I gained too much weight during pregnancy?

Weight gain during pregnancy varies, depending on your weight before you get pregnant. Healthy weight gain for women of normal weight is 25 to 35 pounds, for overweight women, 15 to 25 pounds, and for obese women, 15 pounds. If you feel like you have gained a lot of weight during pregnancy, ask your OBGYN if your specific weight gain is unhealthy for you.

Will I be able to control my bladder as usual after my pregnancy?

During pregnancy, bladder control may decrease the closer you get to your due date. After about six weeks to three months of having this issue, most women notice an improvement. Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic muscles that stop urine flow. Clench these muscles 10 times, three to five sets a day. If there is an ongoing problem, consult your OBGYN.

Will I be stretched out down there after giving birth?

No, your vagina naturally stretches during baby delivery, but then goes back to its normal size afterward. If you are concerned about this, do Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles. To identify these muscles, clench the same muscles you use to stop your urine in mid-stream. Do a set of 10 repetitions, three to five times a day.

I have a lot of discharge during pregnancy. Is that normal?

Yes, it is normal. Discharge during pregnancy is due to an increase of blood flow to your pelvic area and pregnancy hormones. If your discharge is painful, burning, itching, has an odor or is very watery – it could be an infection, or your water may have broken. In this situation, it is best to call Dr. Hill right away. Also, if you are bleeding or spotting during pregnancy, it is best to contact Dr. Hill immediately.

Is it normal to have bad gas and indigestion during pregnancy?

Yes. Pregnancy hormones cause changes that affect your gastrointestinal system. Nausea (morning sickness) and bloating occur in 85% of women early on during pregnancy. Acid reflux and indigestion can occur later in pregnancy.

Will I have a bowel movement during my baby delivery?

It is possible if your bowel is full at the time you are pushing. However, do not worry about this because the baby delivery is about the health of you and your baby. As medical professionals, we respect the patient’s dignity in all moments of the birthing process!

What can I do to make my digestion better during pregnancy?

For constipation during pregnancy, add more vegetables, fruits and food with fiber – as well as drink a lot of water. Milk of magnesia or a stool softener can also help. To decrease heartburn during pregnancy, avoid acidic and spicy foods. Eating smaller and more frequent meals can also help. If your digestion issues do not improve during pregnancy, your Obstetrician/Gynecologist may suggest taking calcium carbonate.

What if I have uterine fibroids and become pregnant?

Asymptomatic small or medium sized uterine fibroids alone are unlikely to present significant risk to pregnancy. However, fibroids may increase in size as a result of increased levels of hormones and blood flow to the uterus during pregnancy. The growth of uterine fibroids may cause discomfort, feelings of pressure or pain. Large or multiple fibroids can increase the risk of:

  • Cesarean Section (C-section)
  • Breech Presentation
  • Placental Abruption
  • Preterm Delivery

Contact Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Hill if you have uterine fibroids and become pregnant.

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