Our Calallen Office

13725 Northwest Blvd., Suite 110
Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
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Women’s health care throughout every stage of life.Women’s health care throughout every stage of life.

Pregnancy Health Resources

Pregnancy Resource Topics

Pregnancy is a cherished event, and we are glad you’re letting us be a part of your journey. Provided below are some common pregnancy topics that many of our expecting mothers have found useful.

Also know that we’re here as well to answer any other questions you may have.

 

 


Dietary

  • Don’t skip meals. Eat sensibly—you are not eating for two!
  • Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. Recommended daily servings include 6-11 servings of breads and grains, two to four servings of fruit, four or more servings of vegetables, four servings of dairy products, and three servings of protein sources (meat, poultry, fish, eggs or nuts). Use fats and sweets sparingly.
  • We recommend taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid to make sure you are consistently getting enough vitamins and minerals every day.
  • Hydration—drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Limit soft drinks, cakes, cookies, etc.
  • Alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs are harmful to you and your baby and should be eliminated.
  • Limit fish consumption to 12 ounces per week.
  • Avoid un-pasteurized cheese products.
  • Do not eat raw food of animal origin such as meat, fish, poultry or eggs.
  • An average weight gain between 25-35 pounds is desired.

Coping With Nausea

  • Splitting Calories—instead of eating the traditional 3 meals a day try having 5-6 small meals and light snacks. Avoid foods with strong flavors and acidic foods.
  • Keep crackers or toast at the bedside and eat just before rising and throughout the day.
  • Emetrol—It is a non-prescription medication for nausea that is safe in pregnancy when taken as directed.
  • Ginger products—tea, ale, and ginger cookies.
  • Sea Sickness wrist bands
  • Vitamin B6—take 50 mg up to twice a day.
  • Get plenty of rest—8 hours of sleep and several short naps (20-30 min) during the day.
  • Try a different prenatal vitamin. Additionally, taking vitamins at night will most often relieve this side effect.
  • If these things do not help, please call your physician.

Exercise and General Activities

  • You may continue any exercise you are currently doing. Do not start new exercise programs while you are pregnant.
  • Walking and swimming are two of the most beneficial exercises.
  • You may have intercourse as long as you feel comfortable, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • Prenatal massage, avoiding the abdominal areal, is safe in pregnancy.