So many things change when you become pregnant, you may not know which lifestyle modifications you need to make. If you do not find what you are looking for in this guide, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 855-346-8610.
Dental care is an important aspect of health and wellness and should not be neglected. Unless urgent, dental treatments should be postponed until after the first trimester. At this time, the following are appropriate:
- X-rays. Dental staff should use the proper safety precautions to protect the abdomen.
- Anesthesia. Local anesthesia (Lidocaine) without epinephrine.
- Pain medication. Vicodin, Tylenol #3, Norco.
- Antibiotics. Amoxicillin. If allergic, contact our office for possible alternatives.
During a healthy pregnancy, you may travel up to about 34 weeks. Talk with your doctor before planning an extended car ride or flight.
Considerations for air travel:
- Stay hydrated
- Bring along extra pillows to keep you comfortable
- Do not travel to third-world countries while pregnant
- Avoid flying during the last few weeks of pregnancy
Due to the extra demands during pregnancy, your immune system is somewhat weakened. It is recommended that you receive the flu and dTap vaccines. You may discuss vaccination if you are planning to become pregnant in the near future.
Hair and Nails
As long as it is done in a well-ventilated area, it is acceptable to perm, highlight, or color your hair while pregnant. Likewise, manicures and pedicures are safe with sufficient ventilation.
Raising the core body temperature too high can present complications to your pregnancy. Soaking in water or sitting in a sauna hotter than 100 degrees is not recommended.
It is necessary to wear your seat belt. The lower belt should be around your hips rather than your abdomen.
You may paint while pregnant as long as ventilation is good.
You may exterminate your home while pregnant. Ventilation must be sufficient.
Banking Cord Blood
Cord blood contains vital stem cells that can be used in the event of certain illnesses, and you may want to consider the option of banking it for personal use within your family, or non-related individuals. Cord blood may be:
- Saved in a private cord blood bank for personal use in the future. There is a fee for banking.
- Saved for use by a named family member for necessary medical care. Usually there is no fee for this type of banking.
- Donated to a public cord blood bank for no cost. This makes vital stem cells available to people in need of medical treatment.
If you wish to bank or donate cord blood, it is collected immediately after delivery. For this to occur, you must register with your selected bank before your third trimester. If you have questions, we are happy to assist you.
Cord blood banking websites:
Pre-term labor occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. Indicators that you may be experiencing pre-term labor include:
- More than six contractions in an hour
- Intermittent back ache
- Menstrual-type cramping
- Menstrual-like bleeding
- Leakage or a gush of fluid from the vagina
Dr. Jenkins and our team offer personal obstetric care to patients from Katy and surrounding areas. Schedule your visit with us at 855-346-8610.