Exercise has excellent physical and emotional benefits. Some of the benefits of exercising during pregnancy include reduced fatigue, less swelling, education in leg cramps, improved sleep, less constipation, reduced back and joint pain, and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. If you already have an exercise regimen, you can continue these activities. If you […]
Prenatal screening looks for increased risk of an infant with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), Trisomy 13, and Trisomy 18. The incidence of these abnormalities increase with maternal age, however younger women give birth to the majority of the affected children. Women who will be 35 or older at the time of delivery may elect to […]
Healthy eating in pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. During the second and third trimesters, you should consume 200 to 300 more calories than you did before you became pregnant. Think of this as an extra snack you eat sometime during the day.
The over-the-counter medications on this list are safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding when used as directed. In general it is best to avoid any medication while pregnant, especially in the first 12 weeks. However, if necessary, the medications below may be used. If you have symptoms requiring the use of these medicines for more than […]