Pregnancy Health (cont.)

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Pregnancy Treatment

Normal pregnancy is not an illness and needs no treatment other than standard prenatal care. After the initial visit, during the first six months of pregnancy, you should see your doctor about once per month. Visits should be scheduled every two weeks during the seventh and eight month and weekly during the ninth month. Fetal monitoring with a machine, an ultrasound physical assessment, or a stay in the hospital for testing or medication may also be part of the treatment.

Flu shots are recommended for women who are pregnant.

Pregnancy Self-Care at Home

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  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the pregnancy. Eat a common-sense balanced diet. Expect to gain between 25 to 35 pounds if you are of normal weight. Expect to be on weight restrictions if you are obese, and in this case you should only gain 10 to 15 pounds.
  • Do not discontinue prescribed medications without consulting a doctor, but also consult with a doctor before taking any nonprescription medications.
  • Ginger capsules (available as an over-the-counter option) may help with nausea in pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness. Talk with a doctor about other options.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs.
  • Continue to exercise with normal routines unless the doctor advises otherwise; be sure to get adequate water intake for exercise.
  • Sexual intercourse is safe and natural during an uncomplicated pregnancy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2013

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