The Gabrielson Clinic for Women

OB Recommendations

Best Recommendations for a Healthy Pregnancy

The Gabrielson Clinic for Women wants you and your baby to start off on the right foot with a healthy pregnancy.

Follow the below pregnancy recommendations and always contact your provider if you have further questions or concerns.

Diet While Pregnant

Aim for the following daily:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: 5-9 servings (1/2 cup per serving)
  • Proteins: 2-3 servings (4 oz. per serving)
  • Calcium: 4-5 servings (8 oz. milk, 6 oz. cottage cheese, 4 oz. yogurt)
  • Eat whole grains
  • Water: 10-12 glasses per day
  • Prenatal Vitamins daily

Avoid these foods while pregnant:

  • Swordfish, Mackerel, Shark, Tilefish, Ahi or Albacore Tuna (canned tuna is okay if not albacore)
  • Non-pasteurized soft cheese

Limit these while pregnant:

  • Caffeine – limit to one serving per day
  • Artificial sweeteners – limit to two servings per day
  • Lunchmeat is okay, but microwave before consuming to assure no bacteria

Lifestyle While Pregnant

  • No hot tubs, Jacuzzi, tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms
  • No lifting more than 25 pounds
  • Exercise moderately, heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute
  • No roller coasters, water skiing, horseback riding, marathons, skating
  • No cleaning of cat litter
  • Travel is okay for uncomplicated pregnancy until 6 weeks prior to due date
  • Sex is okay for uncomplicated pregnancy
  • Highlights or hair dye is okay AFTER first trimester (after 12 weeks)
  • Manicures, pedicures and massages are okay
  • Dental cleaning and most work okay

Medications While Pregnant

Fever, Pain, or Headaches

  • Tylenol products ONLY

Congestion & Allergies

  • Sudafed
  • Ocean Mist Nasal Spray (no Afrin)
  • Tylenol Severe Cold
  • Actified
  • Benadryl
  • Chlor-Trimeton

Cough & Sore Throat

  • Robitussin DM (Call provider if cough worsens)
  • Sucrets (no zinc)
  • Halls (no zinc)
  • Chloreseptic Spray

Heartburn

  • Tums (up to 4)
  • Maalox Liquid
  • Mylanta
  • Gaviscon
  • Zantac (over-the-counter)

Diarrhea

  • Increase oral fluids with Gatorade and water
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Prilosec (over-the-counter)
  • Eat the BRAT diet
    • B – Bread or Bananas
    • R – Rice
    • A – Applesauce/Apples
    • T – Toast

Constipation

  • Milk of Magnesia (MOM)
  • Metamucil
  • Senokot
  • Colace
  • Increase fiber intake, drink prune or pear juice, increase water and activity

Hemorrhoids

  • Preparation H
  • Anusol
  • Hemorrhoid Pads/Tucks
  • Increase fiber, drink prune or pear juice, increase water

Tips for Nausea

  • Eat small, frequent meals
  • Eat something before getting out of bed (saltines or ginger snaps)
  • Drink ginger ale
  • Avoid dairy and citrus products
  • Wear sear/relief bands
  • Avoid warm meals
  • Avoid fatty foods (red meats and fried foods)
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