Frequently Asked Questions in Pregnancy

  1. What can I do about nausea?

Nausea, especially in the first few months of pregnancy, is very normal. The rapid increase and change in hormones causes nausea or “morning sickness” to occur. However, this may occur at any time during the day or night, and may last minutes to all day long. Typically, nausea resolves by the second trimester.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Eat dry foods such as toast or crackers separate from liquids
  • Eat a few dry crackers 5-10 minutes before getting out of bed in the am, then move slowly.
  • Avoid eating large meals, but instead snack frequently.
  • Avoid an empty stomach.
  • Take your prenatal vitamin before bed.
  • Ginger, popsicles, mixing some water and juice, sea bands, Vitamin B6 all can be helpful for some patients with nausea.
  • If you are having trouble staying hydrated, chew on ice, make ice cubes of your favorite sport drink, try pedialyte popsicles.

If none of these suggestions help, call you doctor to discuss medication options.

  1.         What medications are safe in pregnancy?

As a general rule, we try to avoid medications, especially during the first trimester. But there are times when medications are necessary and the benefit of taking it outweighs any risk. It is difficult to go through all medications, but here is a brief list of those that are safe.  As usual, any question, call you doctor.

Safe medications

Pain Relief

  • Tylenol

Common Cold/Allergies

  • Sudafed
  • Plain Robitussin
  • Mucinex
  • Benadryl
  • Zyrtec
  • Claritin


  • Vitamin B6
  • Unisom

Avoid Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve and Aspirin products.

  1.         What should I avoid in pregnancy?

For the most part, you can continue doing and eating things you did prior to pregnancy. Here are a few recommendations of what you should avoid that patients frequently ask us about.

  • Alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs
  • Unpasteurized juice, raw meat, raw fish, raw shellfish, unpasteurized soft cheeses, some deli meats ( it is best to heat up deli meats)
  • Fish that may contain mercury or other contaminants (Shark, king mackerel etc.)
  • It is recommended to have 2 servings of fish a week – limit 12 oz. If you like canned tuna, eat the type in fresh water rather than oil.
  • Hot tubs and saunas
  • Cat litter and soil – Do not change the cat litter box, wear rubber gloves when gardening
  • Herbs/Some Herbal Teas (blue/black cohosh, buckthorn, cascara, ephedra, feverfew, mandrake, mugwort, senna, tansy, and yarrow etc.)
  1.         When should I call the office?
  • Fever over 100.4
  • Burning with urination
  • You are experiencing regular, frequent rhythmic, contractions
  • You have a gush of fluid from your vagina or think your water may have broken
  • You are experiencing vaginal bleeding
  • Baby’s movements have decreased in the third trimester
  • You are unable to keep food down for 24 hours
  • You have fainted
  • If you experience sudden swelling esp. in your face
  • Having blurry vision
  • Constant, new, changed, or severe headaches

If the office is closed, the answering service will contact the on call doctor for emergencies. If your question is not an emergency, please wait until regular office hours to call your doctor.