You should select and contact an obstetrical provider as soon as possible.
- Because of potential harm to the developing baby the following things need to be avoided.
- Alcohol should not be consumed during your entire pregnancy
- Emptying of cat litter – a virus is present in cat feces that can be harmful to you and the baby. When cat litter is emptied the virus can become airborne and inhaled.
- Environmental exposure to toxins – work, school labs, home (chemicals or fumes).
- Over-the-counter medications should not be taken unless specifically discussed with your health care provider. ( It is okay to take acetaminophen and Sudafed)
- Prescription medications: Inform your obstetrical care provider of any prescription medications you are taking. Some medications are harmful to the developing baby and should be stopped or changed to another medication by the provider.
- You should start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you know you are pregnant.
- Inform your obstetrical provider immediately of any chronic physical conditions.
- Warning signs: Inform your obstetrical provider immediately of any of the following:
- Vaginal bleeding:
- Mild with no bleeding (feels like a period is going to start) - call your provider during office hours
- Mild with light bleeding – notify your provider immediately
- Severe cramping, may be constant or intermittent, may or may not have bleeding – call your provider immediately
Good nutrition is very important. Unless your health provider gives a more specific diet to you, be sure to include protein, fruits, and vegetables, four or more servings of milk and whole grains or enriched bread and cereal in your diet. Drink 6-8 glasses of liquid daily. You may need to eat several small meals per day if you are nauseated.
If you are unable to keep any liquids or food down for 24 hours, call your provider.
- Prenatal Care
It has been proven that by beginning prenatal care early some complications can be avoided. Please make arrangements to begin prenatal care before the 13th week of your pregnancy.
Sex will not hurt you or the baby. You may continue to have intercourse unless you have the following: (talk to your provider about these)
- History of miscarriage
- Vaginal bleeding
Routine exercise may be continued. Any extreme sport (skiing, marathon running etc.) should be discussed with your provider. Avoid hot tubs and/or saunas.