We recommend you gain 25-35 pounds if your weight is normal, less if overweight and more if tin. Dietary guidelines are included.
Your prenatal vitamins supply iron and folic acid, the only supplements you need, if you follow this diet. Take your vitamins with juice high in vitamin C to maximize the absorption of iron. Do not take it with coffee, tea or milk. High iron foods include red meats, iron fortified cereals and breads, black strap molasses and dark green leafy vegetables. Additional nutrition information is provided in this folder.
Sentara Leigh offers many classes for expectant parents. Childbirth classes are recommended for all patients, particularly those with their first pregnancy. Breastfeeding classes are available and this class gives you information which will be very valuable during those early days. Please visit their website to view available classes and to register at Sentara Leigh Classes & Events.
Call the Group for Women immediately at 757-466-6350 if any of the following occur:
Working is usually safe during pregnancy though some consideration may be necessary. Shifts of 8 hours a day with 10 minute breaks twice a day and meal break is needed. If you stand at work, sit during your break, and vice versa. Avoid chemical exposure, lifting more than 25 pounds, fatigue or dangerous activities.
This disease, if contracted during pregnancy, may affect the baby. To avoid it: do not handle cat litter, wear gardening gloves, and wash hands carefully after handling raw meat. It is transmitted hand to mouth. Testing is available if you are concerned.
In general, good advice is to avoid chemical contact during your first trimester. Hair coloring and permanents also may not “take” as usual. When cleaning, wear gloves, have good ventilation and wash any exposed area with water quickly.
Sexual activity is permitted unless you have vaginal bleeding, suspect your water has broken, or have been told not to by your physician. If you have vaginal bleeding or suspect your water has broken, do not put anything into your vagina and call us immediately to determine the cause.
If you travel please be back before 32 weeks. Some travel requires special precautions, so please discuss your plans with us before you go.