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Expecting? Your Top 10 Pregnancy Questions Answered

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Imagine this: you’ve just found out you’re pregnant. The mix of joy, surprise, and a thousand questions is overwhelming.

Where do you even start?

Pregnancy is a journey filled with wonder, but it’s also a time when you’re seeking reassurance and information about the changes happening within.

Women’s Health and Obstetrics

What Should I Do First?

Your first step is scheduling an appointment with a healthcare provider.

Early prenatal care is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, early and regular check-ups can significantly reduce the risk of complications.

You can find the maternity doctor who’s right for you by searching our providers list.

Select OB/GYN & Family Medicine with OB/GYN

Healthy Foods for Early Pregnancy

What Can I Eat and What Should I Avoid?

Navigating nutrition during pregnancy is like setting the foundation for your baby’s health.

The CDC highlights the importance of a balanced diet and warns against foods that can harm your baby, such as unpasteurized cheese and certain types of fish high in mercury.

How Much Weight Should I Expect to Gain?

The Institute of Medicine provides guidelines for pregnancy weight gain: a healthy range based on your pre-pregnancy weight.

It’s not about eating double but eating smart.

When Will I Start to Show?

Every woman’s body is unique.

While some may show as early as 12 weeks, others might not have a noticeable bump until the second trimester.

It’s all normal!

First Prenatal Appointment Guide

Can I Continue My Workout Routine?

Exercise is encouraged!

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

What Prenatal Vitamins Should I Take?

Folic acid, iron, and calcium are the stars here. The March of Dimes recommends starting prenatal vitamins even before conception if possible.

Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

How Do I Deal With Morning Sickness, Nausea & Vomiting?

Morning sickness is a common first-trimester companion, but for some, it sticks around longer. Here’s how to ease the queasiness:

  • Ginger and Hydration: Ginger can soothe the stomach. Staying hydrated is crucial, so sip on water throughout the day.

  • Eat Smart: Small, frequent meals help. Focus on high-protein snacks and avoid long periods without food.

  • Lemon and Peppermint: Both can refresh your senses and reduce nausea. Try sipping peppermint tea or sniffing fresh lemon.

  • SeaBands: These wristbands apply pressure to a point on your wrist believed to reduce nausea.

  • Vitamin B6 and Unisom: This combo has been found helpful. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements or medications.

Severe cases require a doctor’s intervention for safe and effective treatment options.

What Are the Major Dos and Don’ts?

This list is lengthy but vital.

From avoiding certain medications to steering clear of hot tubs, the American Pregnancy Association covers it all, and your provider will guide you through as well.

When Will I Find Out the Baby’s Gender?

With advancements in prenatal testing, some parents can find out as early as 9 weeks via blood tests.

However, ultrasounds at around 18-22 weeks remain the standard.

What Changes Can I Expect?

Let’s dive into the whirlwind of changes you can expect while growing a little human inside you. It’s a journey of transformation, not just for your body but for your whole being.

  1. Feeling Tired: Expect deep fatigue as your body supports your growing baby. Rest and naps become crucial.
  2. Frequent Urination: The growing uterus pressures your bladder, increasing bathroom visits. Stay hydrated.
  3. Lightheadedness: Hormonal changes can slow your blood flow, causing dizziness. Move slowly and drink plenty of fluids.
  4. Heartburn: The expanding uterus pushes stomach acids up. Eat smaller meals and avoid spicy foods to manage discomfort.
  5. Constipation: Slowed digestion due to progesterone means adding fiber and staying active can help keep things moving.
  6. Visible Veins: Increased blood volume makes veins more noticeable, especially on legs and abdomen.
  7. Skin Changes: Hormonal shifts can cause the “pregnancy glow” or dark patches (melasma). Use sunscreen and gentle skincare.
  8. Breast Changes: Ready for feeding, breasts may grow and feel tender. A supportive bra can help with comfort.
  9. Vaginal Changes: Expect thicker discharge due to increased blood flow and hormonal changes. Monitor for anything unusual.
  10. A Growing Belly: Your belly’s growth, visible and proud, may bring stretch marks and itchy skin as it expands.
  11. Emotional Changes: Hormones can cause mood swings from joy to anxiety. Seek support for overwhelming feelings.

What Will Labor Feel Like?

Labor experiences vary widely.

While it’s natural to have concerns, childbirth education classes can offer insights and prepare you for what’s ahead.

Healthy Foods for Early Pregnancy

Begin Your Pregnancy Journey Informed

Embarking on the pregnancy journey is both exciting and daunting. Armed with the right information and the support of a qualified healthcare provider, you can navigate this beautiful journey with confidence.

Have you scheduled your first prenatal appointment yet?

Learn more about Women’s Health services on our website, where we cover:

  1. Wellness & Prevention
  2. Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  3. Mental Wellness
  4. Infertility
  5. Mammography
  6. Menopause Care
  7. Midwifery
  8. Virtual Care

Other Resources for Expectant Mothers


Expecting 411, What to Expect when you are Expecting, Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Online resources:


CentraCare Baby
My Pregnancy Today
I’m Expecting

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