You’re pregnant! Congratulations! You have so much to look forward to, but you may find yourself thinking about all the “what ifs” too. It’s only natural to worry a bit throughout your pregnancy, especially if this is your first time. It’s a completely new experience and there’s a lot of uncertainties.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular pregnancy questions to help put your mind at ease.
What should and shouldn’t I eat while I’m pregnant?
When you’re pregnant, it’s important to get all essential vitamins and minerals daily. In fact, you may need 350-500 extra calories each day during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. If your diet lacks key nutrients, it could negatively affect the baby’s development and your overall health. Here are 13 highly nutritious foods to eat when you’re pregnant. And foods to avoid? Here’s a quick list of unsafe foods to steer clear of during pregnancy:
- Raw seafood
- Soft cheese
- Raw or uncooked meat and poultry
- Unpasteurized milk and cheese
- Fish with lots of mercury
- Cold ready-to-eat meats like deli meat and hot dogs
Can I hurt the baby if I hit my bump?
There’s no need to worry every time you bump your tummy. It is nearly impossible to hurt the baby by being bumped or running into something. There is a ton of protective amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus that keeps it safe during development.
If I lay on my belly can I squash the baby?
Afraid of rolling onto your stomach while you’re sleeping and crushing the baby? Sounds scary and many new moms share this fear. But the truth is, you can relax. Your body as designed to allow for plenty of room for the baby in there. And during the early stages of pregnancy, it’s totally safe to sleep on your stomach. Once your belly starts a-growin’, it won’t be comfortable any longer to lay for long periods on your stomach so you may want (and need) to change positions. Long story short, you’ll likely naturally stop sleeping on your stomach anyways.
What can I expect at my first OBGYN appointment?
Your very first OBGYN appointment will be the most comprehensive and most likely the longest one you’ll have during your pregnancy. Your first OBGYN appointment will typically take place sometime between the first 8 to 12 weeks of your pregnancy and overall, there will be a lot of time spent on making sure you have all your questions answered. Here’s what to expect at your first OBGYN appointment.
Pregnancy Questions? Make an Appointment with My OBGyne. We understand that you will have many pregnancy questions on your exciting journey to motherhood. My OBGyne wants to help you be prepared for what lies ahead with your pregnancy week by week. Make an appointment to talk to one of our physicians to find out what to expect over the 40 weeks of pregnancy and to make sure your experience is as wonderful, stress-free and natural as possible.