Call the office if you have any of the following:
- Blood or fluid coming from your vagina
- Sudden or extreme swelling of your finger or face
- Headaches that are severe or won't go away
- Nausea and vomiting that won't go away
- Dim or blurry vision
- Pain or cramps in your lower abdomen
- Chills or fever
- A change in your baby's movements
- What you eat feeds your baby - so choose healthy foods.
- You may need some extra calories each day.
- Be sure to include the following:
3 servings of milk or dairy products * 4 servings of vegetables * 3 servings of fruit * 9 servings of bread, cereals, rice, or pasta * 2 to 3 servings of meat, fish, poultry, dried beans, eggs or nuts * at least 6-8 glasses of water
- Nausea or vomiting may strike anytime during the day (or night). Try eating frequent, small meals, and avoid greasy foods. Keep crackers by your bed to eat before getting up. Talk to your physician if this lasts past the first 3 months or causes you to lose weight.
- (Do Not) Smoke - it raises your risk for miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and many other problems.
- (Do Not) Use Drugs - cocaine, heroin and marijuana increase your risk of miscarriage, premature birth and birth defects. And your baby could be born addicted to the drug you have been using.
- (Do Not) Drink Alcohol - drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the major cause or preventable birth defects.
- (Do Not) Clean your cat's litter box, or eat raw or undercooked red meat. You could get toxoplasmosis, a disease that can cause birth defects. \
- (Do Not) Sit in the sauna or hot tub. This raises your risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
- (Do Not( douche without taking to your physician first. Douching could force air into the vagina.