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Q: Are you able to determine if I will need a c-section ahead of time?
A: Doctors may be able to determine in advance that you need a c-section if you previously had a c-section or certain uterine surgeries.

Q: Can I color my hair?
A: No known studies have been done on this topic; however, doctors recommend pregnant women wait until their second trimester (at least 12 weeks) before coloring their hair.

Q: Can I get my nails done?
A: No known studies have been done on this topic.

Q: Can I go to a tanning bed?
A: No known studies have been done on this topic; however, doctors recommend that all women refrain from intense ultraviolet rays, which can result in long-term skin damage.

Q: Can I take medications for headaches?
A: Most headache medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, along with most prescription migraine drugs, are not recommended. Consult your doctor if you are prone to migraines.

Q: How much caffeine can I intake?
A: You should limit your caffeine intake to two cups per day.

Q: If I develop diabetes during pregnancy, will I have it forever?
A: Studies show a 50% chance of developing diabetes permanently within 10 years of developing diabetes during pregnancy. Be sure to have your blood checked once each year with your primary care physician.

Q: If my water broke with previous pregnancies, is that an indicator that it will always break?
A: Every pregnancy is different.

Q: If something seems wrong during my pregnancy, when should I call the office?
A: Most pregnancies are normal and uncomplicated. However, it’s important to report certain problems to your physician. Call our office if you experience any of the following:

  • Medium to heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Severe, continuous headache that is not relieved by Tylenol, eating, or resting
  • Swelling of the face and hands
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Severe pain in the abdomen
  • Persistent vomiting for more than 24 hours
  • Fluid trickling or gushing from the vagina
  • Decreased fetal movement

Q: What are the rules for exercise during pregnancy?
A: Women should not exceed the activity level they maintained before pregnancy. So if you did not run before you got pregnant, do not start now. Also, if any activity during pregnancy hurts, then stop. Walking, swimming and yoga are some of the best exercises for pregnant women. Remember to always hydrate yourself before, during and after exercise.

Q: What can I expect at each prenatal appointment?
A: Please see our Prenatal Care page.

Q: What foods should I stay away from during pregnancy?
A: Pregnant women should limit their intake of tuna, albacore tuna, tuna steak, swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish. These fish can have high levels of contaminants that can cross the placenta and be harmful to your baby if consumed in large amounts. The Center for Disease Control recommends that you only consume soft cheese and dairy products that have been pasteurized. Hard cheese is generally pasteurized and safe during pregnancy. It is also recommended that pregnant women do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats or deli meats unless they are properly reheated.

Q: What helps with nausea early in pregnancy?
A: Small, frequent meals, low-fiber foods and hot ginger tea may help ease nausea.

Q: What if I experience bleeding during my pregnancy?
A: Many women experience some form of spotting or bleeding early in their pregnancy, which can be normal. If you experience bleeding similar to that of your periods, along with cramping or back pain, schedule an appointment with your physician.

Q: What is the advantage of seeing a team of doctors rather than just one?
A: By having a team of doctors available for deliveries, you can have peace of mind that you and your baby will receive the best of care. At least one of our doctors is always at Florida Hospital Orlando, so you do not need to worry about how long it will take the doctor to arrive when you are ready to deliver. Plus, with the additional coverage from other doctors in the Loch Haven OB/GYN Group, we will not rush your delivery and perform an unnecessary c-section to fit within our schedule. As a result, our group’s c-section rates are lower than many other obstetricians. If you experience complications during your pregnancy, one of our physicians will be by your side immediately at Florida Hospital Orlando. You will have expert care from a familiar physician you already trust.

Q: What should I do when my water breaks?
A: If your water breaks before 36 weeks, you should see your physician immediately. If your water breaks after 37 weeks, you should see your physician within the same day.

Q: When do I need to stop traveling?
A: You should not travel on a cruise after 24 weeks or in an airplane after 34 weeks of pregnancy.

Q: When will I be able to tell the gender of my baby?
A: An ultrasound to monitor the health of your baby is usually ordered between 18 to 20 weeks. In most cases, the physician can determine the gender of your baby from this ultrasound.

Q: When will I start to feel my baby move?
A: Women can usually feel their baby move around 22 weeks, although some feel the baby earlier and some later.

Q: Why do some women wait three months to announce their pregnancy?
A: A woman’s chance of miscarrying is greater during the first three months of pregnancy.