Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: Always consult with a health care professional when you have questions about your pregnancy. The answers provided here are not intended to replace the advice of your physician.

Q. How much weight should I expect to gain?
A. The average woman should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during her first three months of pregnancy, and 1 pound a week for the remainder of her pregnancy. All together you should gain between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy.

Q. How can I safely exercise while pregnant?
A. Low intensity exercise is usually considered safe and can even relieve some discomforts during pregnancy. Some forms of exercise include walking, swimming, stationary cycling, and yoga. Always check with your doctor about any exercise program before getting started.

Q. Is it normal to have morning sickness throughout my entire pregnancy?
A. While uncommon, morning sickness that lasts into the second and third trimester is normal for some expecting moms. Make sure you talk to your doctor if you feel your vomiting is excessive as this can prevent you from gaining enough weight and can lead to dehydration.

Q. Is it okay to take antibiotics during pregnancy?
A. Some antibiotics are safe to take throughout pregnancy and some pose known risks to a developing baby. Some common antibiotics that are considered safe during pregnancy include penicillin such as amoxicillin and ampicillin.

Q. Can I drink caffeinated beverages while I’m pregnant?
A. Most healthcare professionals recommend limiting your intake of caffeine during pregnancy. If you can’t kick the habit completely try working your way down to one 8-ounce half-caf cup of coffee per day.

Q. Can I be a vegetarian while pregnant?
A. No matter if you eat meat or are a vegetarian, it’s important to be aware of your diet during pregnancy. Many foods besides meat are rich in protein, including: eggs, soy burgers, tofu, legumes, whole grains, nuts, cheese and yogurt. As long as you maintain a balanced diet and keep track of what you eat, your baby should be just as healthy as one born from a mom who ate meat during her pregnancy.

Q. Does lower abdominal pain mean something is wrong with the baby?
A. This is most likely one of those things that happen when your baby is growing in your belly. As your uterus gets bigger, along with your baby, the muscles and ligaments supporting your uterus are stretching out to accommodate the changes. These changes are completely normal and may persist as your uterus continues to grow. To get some relief try a maternity support belt or a warm bath.