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Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 13:35

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are some frequently asked questions related to pregnancy:

Q: Is spotting a reason for concern?

A: One in five women experience light spotting early in pregnancy. However, heavy bleeding can indicate a serious problem. Call your doctor right away at any sign of blood.

Q: How much do I need to eat when I'm pregnant?

A: To help your baby grow properly, you need to eat about 300 more calories each day However, skip junk foods that are high in calories, fat, and sugar. Instead choose wholesome foods from each of the four food groups to ensure that you get enough of the proper nutrients.

Q: Is it safe to have sex?

A: Intercourse does not cause miscarriage or harm the unborn baby. But it can make the uterus contract, causing light cramping. If cramping continues or spotting occurs, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Pregnant women may be more comfortable having intercourse in the top position or on their side.

Q: How can I relieve morning sickness?

A: The American Dietetic Association suggests switching to smaller, more frequent meals. Women may also try taking their prenatal vitamins later in the day. Keeping some plain crackers on a bedside table and eating them before getting out of bed might also help.

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