When do I get to hear the heartbeat of my baby for the first time?

Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard starting at about week 8, but is best heard at your 12 week prenatal visit.

When can I expect to feel the baby move?

You can expect to begin to feel the baby move at about 20 to 22 weeks of pregnancy.  You may not feel daily regular movements until 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Is bleeding or spotting after sex or after a vaginal exam normal during my pregnancy?

It is common to have spotting or bleeding in these situations.  The spotting should resolve in about 24 hours.  Cal your doctor if you experience heavy bleeding (like a period) or prolonged bleeding (longer than 48 hours).

I have asthma (or allergies). Can I continue my regular medications while pregnant?

You need to be healthy for the baby to be healthy.  Use of inhalers such as Ventolin, Asmacort, Proventil, or Flonase will help to keep the breathing passages open. 

You say I am 20 weeks pregnant. How many months is that?

Obstetricians have standardized timing a pregnancy to 40 weeks so that it is easier to communicate and determine due dates as well as well as testing.  The first day of your last menstrual period is used to calculate your due date.  20 weeks is exactly half way through your pregnancy or about 4 1/2 months along.

My dentist needs to take X-rays. Is this okay?

You should continue to care for your teeth in the normal manner.  If X-rays are necessary, your dentist will shield the baby.  Filling cavities or taking antibiotics, if prescribed by your dentist, is safe and desirable as pregnancy can increase dental disease.

My feet are swollen, is this normal?

Mild swelling of the ankles and legs is related to the normal and necessary increase in body fluids during pregnancy.  To ease the discomfort, elevate your legs or lie down when you can, wear comfortable shoes, and avoid elastic-top socks or stockings.

What can I do for headaches?

Tylenol is considered safe to take for a headache, fever or any general discomfort.  Follow the recommended dosage on the bottle.  Call the office if your headache continues beyond 24 hours.

What can I take for a cold?

Sudafed or Actifed is considered safe to take for decongestant.  Robitussin is considered safe to take for a cough.  Tylenol is safe to take for a fever, aches, and pains.  Sore throat lozenges are safe to take for a sore throat.

Should I get the flu shot?

It is highly recommended by the CDC if you are pregnant or having your baby during the flu season that you get the flu shot.