Every pregnancy is unique, right? You might be surprised to see just how alike pregnant moms are when it comes to their questions and concerns. I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 questions we’ve received from expectant moms and asked RN and OB Educator Michelle McIntosh from Lifetime OB/GYN to give us the plain scoop. It’s amazing how much these moms have in common!
1. Can I exercise?
Michelle says, “Yes, you can do what you were doing before you got pregnant.” If you are a runner or elliptical queen, then keep your heart rate between 140-150 beats per minute. She adds that you can even do abdominal crunches but should not do them lying flat on your back.
2. Do I have a lifting restriction?
Michelle says, “We allow 40-50 pounds in general for an uncomplicated pregnancy.”
3. Can I travel while I am pregnant?
Travel is okay by bus, train, car, or plane. But on long trips you need to get up and stretch your legs every 2 hours. Once you are 36 weeks along (4 weeks from delivery) then Michelle says, “We want you within one hour of the hospital where you are delivering.”
4. What over-the-counter medications can I take?
“You can safely take Tylenol for a headache, Tums or Mylanta for indigestion,” says Michelle. “Benadryl or Zyrtec are okay for allergy symptoms. If you can’t spare time for a nap, then Benadryl might not be the best choice. It can make you sleepy.” Do not take Advil, Aleve, or aspirin while you are pregnant.
5. What foods have restrictions on them when I am pregnant?
Michelle says, “If you eat fish or shellfish, you can have 12 ounces per week. But do not eat sushi or anything raw!” Lunchmeat is another no-no. If you have to have it, either from a package or from the deli, microwave it for 30 seconds before you eat it. Microwaving the meat will kill a nasty little bug called Listeria. What about cheese? “Sorry. Listeria is a concern here, too so no unpasteurized cheese like bleu cheese, feta or brie,” says Michelle. “The good news is that you can find these cheeses from pasteurized sources at the grocery store, and those are okay.”
Have more questions? We’re here to help. You can call 317-338-4HER to talk to a registered nurse or use this form to talk to me directly.