Prenatal Instructions

  • Do not take medical advice from anyone but your physician.
  • Avoid circular constriction of any part of the body, such as the waist or limbs. Wear only well heeled shoes. Maternity corsets are generally no needed. For various reasons, a support garment may be prescribed; if you think it is needed, please consult us.
  • Exercise and activity are excellent in moderation, but should be avoided during the time you would ordinarily expect your period. Golf, swimming, bowling, and dancing are permissible in moderate amounts. Short trips are permissible, but if long trips are necessary, consult us. Traveling is best tolerated between the 4th and 7th months. It is important to limit any activity before becoming tired. REST FLAT IN BED, LYING ON THE LEFT SIDE, AT LEAST ONE HOUR EACH DAY
  • The average weight gain should be about 20lbs over the usual or desired weight. This may be more for the under weight patient, or less for the obese patient. Most of the gain should be during the last six months, about 1/2lb per week.
  • A pregnancy diet is a normal, well-balanced diet. It should include 3 to 4 glasses of skim milk, an egg, a portion of lean meat, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables daily. Liver is excellent and should be eaten once a week. Avoid salty foods.
  • Take no douches, and do not use tampons.
  • Have your teeth checked by your dentist early in your pregnancy.
  • Avoid contagious diseases if possible.
  • Constipation can usually be controlled with a small glass of prune juice, an increase in roughage, such as all bran cereal, raw carrots, celery, lettuce, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit. If uncontrolled, take Peri-Colace 1 or 2 capsules at bedtime (Peri-Colace can be purchased at your local pharmacy).
  • At each visit, bring us a speciment of urine in a small, clean glass container. This should be the first urine passed on the morning or your examination.