Drinking diet shakes during pregnancy

Drinking diet shakes during pregnancyDiet shakes are intended to replace all or some portion of meals, with the goal of reducing calories. In and of themselves, they may make for a good "snack" during pregnancy, but they should not replace a well-balanced diet. In general, dieting for weight loss is discouraged during pregnancy. The fetus needs a full supply of calories and nutrients for normal development. A balanced diet that allows for a total weight gain of about 30 to 35 pounds is usually sufficient for this. The supplements added to many...

Taking vitamin C during pregnancy

Too much Vitamin C can cause cell damage in the fetus. You should consume a normal amount of vitamin C when you're pregnant. The recommended daily amount is 85 mg for pregnant women age 19 and older. The maximum is 2,000 mg per day. If you're taking prenatal vitamins, you'll be getting vitamin C in that supplement. You'll also get some from the food you eat. If you decide to take more, remember to keep the total under 2,000 mg.

Morning cup of coffee during pregnancy

Morning cup of coffee during pregnancyActually a morning cup is fine, but to be safe I would suggest that you limit your daily consumption to two cups (since some coffees may contain as much as 100 mg. each). A very extensive study a few years ago looked at women very early in pregnancy.The study found no effects on the fetus when moms drink up to three cups of coffee a day; very few women drank more than that.A more recent study found an increased risk of miscarriage when pregnant women drank more than 200 mg of caffeine per day.

Meat from livestock that were given antibiotics for pregnant woman

The antibiotics in meat aren't dangerous, and none of the antibiotics given to livestock will harm a fetus. In addition, eating meat, including red meat, is very important for a well rounded diet and pregnancy. You need the iron and other nutirents from the meat. There is no research that shows eating meat from animals treated with antibiotics leads to resisitant bacteria. It is also important to know (and scientific documents exist) that children raised on farms and rural areas are typically healthier, hav...

Herbal tea during pregnancy

I don't think there is anything on the market that in the dose of a cup of tea a day could cause any harm (although I do tell my patients to try to avoid herbs in general during the first trimester when the fetus may be particularly vulnerable). Teas are so much more diluted than herbal tinctures, for example. I would avoid teas that contain ingredients with well-known pharmacological actions, such as kava or St. John's Wort. I would also stay away from teas that might cause the onset of menstrual or uterin...

Riding the bumper cars at an amusement park during pregnancy

Bumper cars are much too violent to ride in if you know you're pregnant. Imagine the fetus being thrown about in there. Just as in a car accident, should you be thrown against the steering wheel or out of the car, serious damage could occur to your fetus and of course you. A ruptured uterus — which would be very serious and life-threatening to you and the baby — may occur due to hemorrhage. Don't be tempted. Pregnancy only lasts nine months — then you can be a NASCAR wannabe.

Playing tennis during pregnancy

Playing tennis during pregnancyIf you're a very good tennis player, it probably is safe. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends avoiding sports with a high likelihood for contact or falling — and that includes tennis. One of the concerns with racquet sports such as tennis is that they often involve rapid changes in direction. With the changes in your center of gravity during pregnancy, these rapid twists and turns could make you more prone to falling. If you fall you could start bleeding if the placenta de...

Jogging during pregnancy

It's generally safe to jog pretty much throughout your pregnancy. It gets harder as you get further along and are carrying more weight, but there's no danger to the fetus. As pregnancy progresses, even the expert runner generally needs to modify her routine. It's not okay to jog, however, if you have placenta previa, where the placenta covers the cervix, because too much jolting can make you bleed. It's also unsafe if you have pregnancy-induced hypertension or preterm labor or are at high risk for a preterm...

Ice-skate or Roller blade during pregnancy

There's a risk of falling in any sport where maintaining your balance is an issue, and that can carry added risks if you're pregnant. A fall could cause abdominal injuries that could affect the pregnancy. Trauma to the abdomen can cause premature separation of the placenta or premature labor. It could even fatally injure the fetus. So it's a matter of personal judgment: Do you feel confident enough in your abilities, and do you want to take the risk?

The safty when sitting in a hot tub during pregnancy

The safty when sitting in a hot tub during pregnancyHot tubs are usually too hot to be safe for pregnant women to use. We know that water over 105 degrees is damaging to developing cells. It won't damage yours, but the baby is sitting in fluid that's also going to get very warm. And extreme temperatures can damage early embryos. So hot-tubbing in the first trimester could cause malformations in the fetus or cause you to lose the baby.