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Is it okay to have sexual intercourse during pregnacy?

There is no evidence that sex causes miscarriage or premature labor in low-risk pregnancies.  You may be sexually active until labor starts unless your physician instructs you otherwise.  If your pregnancy is complicated, discuss this with your doctor. 

I have pressure in my lower pelvis. Is this normal?

Yes, hormones cause the ligaments and the cartilage in the joint to soften and move during pregnancy.

It feels as if my heart is racing. Is this normal?

Yes, it is common to have palpitations.  Notify your physicians if you have fainting spells.

What can I use to relieve the discomfort of hemorrhoids?

Use Anusol HC cream or Tucks medicated pads to relieve hemorrhoidal discomfort.  Increase the fluids and fiber in your diet to decrease constipation.

I don’t drink milk and would like to know how much calcium I need to take.

The recommended daily allowance during pregnancy is 1500 mg daily.  Calcium supplements with Vitamin D are preferred.

I have varicose veins. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the discomfort and prevent them from getting worse?

Avoid long periods of standing or sitting.  When sitting, elevate your legs above the level of your hips.  Try wearing support pantyhose throughout the day.  Exercise, such as walking 20 to 30 minutes daily, is also helpful. 

Is it safe to exercise?

Yes.  In an uncomplicated pregnancy, we recommend exercise as it makes labor easier and decreases the incidence of pre-term labor as well as cesarean section.  If an exercise causes cramping, shortness of breath, or pain, then decrease the intensity or stop exercising and discuss with your doctor