Frequently Asked Questions
*** ALWAYS Call the Doctor before going to the hospital***
Hopefully, this will answer some of the most commonly asked questions. This is not a complete list therefore, you should call if you do not understand any of these instructions or if you have any other questions.
Common Cold or Flu:
- Temperature: You can take two Tylenol every 4 hours but call the office if your temperature goes over 101 degrees.
- Cough: You may take Robitussin
- Congestion: You may take Chlor-Trimeton or Afrin nasal spray. You may also use any Tylenol product (Cold and Sinus). Do not use more than twice a day. Use these only if you are over 16 weeks pregnant. Call the office if you have any green mucous discharge from the nose or cough.
- Always call the office before using any other medications.
Eat a lot of fruit and drink fruit juices. You may take Surfak (stool softener) one capsule twice a day. DO NOT TAKE LAXATIVES.
Cramping in the legs:
Call the office, you may need to take calcium.
Avoid any X-rays during pregnancy. You may use a local anesthesia, like Novocain. Have your dentist call about any pain medication or antibiotics before prescribing them.
If associated with the flu, you may take Kaopectate. If symptoms persist for more than 3 days, call the office.
Keep your level of exercise the same as it was before pregnancy. Never start a new exercise regime during your pregnancy without consulting the Doctor first. Never keep your pulse above 120 for longer than 15 minutes. Never let your body temperature go above 101 degrees.
You can take baths 3-4 times a day. You may use Preparation H. Try to prevent constipation.
Always let the doctor or nurse know about any history of vaginal herpes or any lesions that you may find on your vaginal area. Our patients who do have a history of herpes will be cultured every week, starting at 34 weeks gestation, until delivery.
This is very common in all stages of pregnancy. You may take Mylanta, Maalox or Tums. Avoid antacids containing sodium.
Leaking of amniotic fluid:
As long as you feel comfortable, sexual activity is ok. Never have sex if you suspect your water has broken. CALL THE OFFICE.
AVOID SUNBURN. You will burn more easily while you are pregnant. Avoid overheating, keep body temperature down. Do not use tanning beds. Swelling of feet or ankles: This can be helped by lying on your left side for 2-3 hours a day.
You may fly on commercial airlines up to 32 weeks of pregnancy. You may travel in a car up to 200-300 miles away as long as you stop and stretch your legs every hour to increase circulation.
Call the office if you have any burning or are urinating more than once every hour.
Call the office to report any bleeding or spotting. It is common to have light bleeding or spotting after a pelvic exam, especially in late pregnancy.
It is normal to have a heavier vaginal discharge during pregnancy, especially near the end. Close to term you may notice a large mucous discharge, which is called the mucous plug, indicating labor may begin in the next few days. If at any time you notice an odor or have itching with the discharge, please call the office.
LABOR AND FETAL MOVEMENT:
Braxton-Hicks Contractions or False Labor: Painless contractions that usually do not become regular, but may be apparent for 2-4 hours at a time. These are normal and may become noticeable as early as your second trimester. Call the office if these contractions occur more than 4 in 1 hour or become regular.
Contractions: Call the office if contractions are every 5 minutes or your water breaks.
FETAL MOVEMENT: You will begin to feel the baby move around 20 weeks of pregnancy. Remember, pregnancy consists of 40 weeks gestation. Define your pregnancy as weeks not months. A movement can be a kick, swish, turn or a flip. CALL THE OFFICE if you notice a decrease in movement after 28 weeks.
- Horseback Ride
- Bungee Jump
- Go on Harsh Amusement Rides
- Ride a Wave Runner/Fast Boat
- Roller Skate or Roller Blade
- Scuba Dive
- Sky Dive or Parasail
- Ride a 4 Wheeler
Ricardo J. Larrain, M.D., P.A.
Deland, FL 32720