Pregnancy do's & don'ts
As soon as you announce your pregnancy, you'll start getting congratulations... and advice. Everyone will tell you what you should or should not do, eat or take during your pregnancy. The good news: A little common sense goes a long way. If you have doubts, don't do it, eat it or take it! If you have questions about what is safe during your pregnancy, please ask at any visit or call our office.
Use this page as a basic guideline of what to avoid during your pregnancy. If you have any questions, ask your provider:
Medications safe to take during pregnancy
It is safe to take Tylenol, Sudafed, Robitussin, Mucinex, Benadryl, Tums, Rolaids and Mylanta in recommended doses. You also may use throat lozenges or sprays such as Chloraseptic or saline nasal spray.
Constipation & hemorrhoid prevention
We recommend increased water and fiber intake. You may use a fiber supplement such as Metamucil. Regular exercise may also help.
We encourage moderate exercise in uncomplicated pregnancies. Please ask questions at your appointment if you are unsure.
Travel in uncomplicated pregnancies is generally safe until the 37th week of pregnancy. It is important to exercise your legs frequently during travel and to stay hydrated by drinking water. Please inform us if you plan to travel.
We encourage all of our patients to take the Lamaze classes offered at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. You will receive information about Lamaze classes between your 23rd and 26th week.
We encourage our patients to breastfeed. It provides valuable nutrients to your baby, saves money over formula and might help you lose the baby weight faster! The lactation consultants at the hospital will assist you after your delivery.