Your first appointment should be at around 9 or 10 weeks. At this appointment, you will be able to see your baby via the vaginal ultrasound.
Most appointments consist of checking your blood pressure, weight, baby's heartbeat, and a urine sample. Toward the end of your pregnancy, the doctor will also measure the growth of your belly.
Usually once a month until the last two months of pregnancy when the doctor will see you more often – every week toward the end of pregnancy (or as directed.)
This will vary individually. Usually one will gain a small amount in the 1st trimester and then gradually increase. The doctor will monitor this and you should discuss concerns and questions with him. To avoid excess weight gain, eat nutritionally. Avoid giving into cravings for “junk food” and amounts that are not normal for you. Use fresh fruit and vegetables for the “munchie attacks” and DRINK LOTS OF WATER!
Yes. Many pregnant women will have some amounts of swelling, especially in warmer weather. If you believe you have more swelling than normal, call and speak with a nurse. When the swelling is worse, avoid salty foods and standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Pain is very common with the enlarging uterus but should never be accompanied by fever or vaginal bleeding. From 34-36 weeks and later, you may have a bloody mucous show, especially after having your cervix checked for dilation; this is normal.
After 18-20 weeks, you should be able to identify your baby’s movement. The most active times are in the evening and early morning. Once a day is reassuring for fetal well being and you should feel about 10 movements in 1 hour when you are at rest in the evening. You can come in for a quick heart beat check if you are ever worried.
If you have an established exercise program including running or aerobics, you may continue but use caution as your body changes, and check with the doctor about specific questions. In your last trimester keep your heart rate below 140 and avoid exercise that requires balance.
Non-aggressive riding prior to 20 weeks is okay. After 20 weeks use extreme caution and we recommend none after 34 weeks.
Avoid hot tubs and saunas during pregnancy. You may become light-headed during pregnancy and extreme changes in temperature should be avoided. Swimming is fine, with sensible caution.
We do not recommend this at any time due to potential harm to your skin.
Yes, in a well ventilated room. Be careful about smells and temperatures that may cause you to be light-headed and faint.
Yes, if you do not climb ladders or scaffolding and make sure to be in a well-ventilated area, (windows and doors open). If you become light-headed or get a headache, you should move away from the strong odors and avoid them as much as possible.
If you have had this illness as a child you are probably immune. If you have not, you should probably avoid direct contact. As with most illnesses including colds and coughs, use good hand-washing techniques and normal precautions to avoid infection.
Yes, if you stop and walk around every hour when traveling in a car. We recommend NO extended travel in the last trimester—please stay within 1 hour’s distance of home. These are basic guidelines, check with us on specific questions.
If your membranes rupture (if you have a “gush” of wetness), or regular timeable contractions or vaginal bleeding. If you have any questions, call us during our hours or call the Madison Memorial Hospital (208-356-3691) or the hospital's Family Maternity Center (208-356-6750) after hours!