May I drink pop/soda?
Yes, in moderation.
How much can I exercise?
If you have been active, you may continue. Exercise at a pace where you can talk comfortably. You should not perform any exercise that pulls through the abdomen.
What should I do for a cold?
Drink a lot of fluids, eat well, and rest. A vaporizer may help. Tylenol, Sudafed, Dimetapp, and plain Robitussin are permitted as well as Vicks Vapor Rub and cough drops.
May I be in a house if the interior is being painted?
Only if it is a non-toxic paint. Make sure there is good ventilation.
What can I take for heartburn?
You may try Rolaids, Maalox, Tums or Mylanta. You can also try Pepcid AC or Zantac over the counter.
May I travel?
If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you may travel up to your 36th week. For auto travel, plan to stop every two hours to get out to stretch. After 36 weeks, check with your doctor. If you plan to fly, check with the airlines for any restrictions.
What do I do for hemorrhoids?
Purchase Anusol HC or Preparation H at the pharmacy and follow directions on the box. Use a bulk fiber such as Metamucil or Citrucel or a stool softener such as Senokot.
May I take any medication for a headache?
Headaches are not uncommon during the first 17 weeks. If needed, plain or Extra Strength Tylenol may be used according to package directions.