What Would You Like to Know?

Frequently asked pregnancy questions and answers


Can I still drink caffeine when pregnant?

Yes, less than 200mg of caffeine or 1 cup daily

Can I use flea/tick solution on my cat or dog?


When can I find out the sex of the baby?

By ultrasound around 18-20 weeks 
By Blood Test around 11 weeks


Can I color my hair?

Yes, but wait until after 12 weeks

Can I get a perm?

Yes, but it may not last

Can I get a massage?

Yes, but it must be done by someone certified for a maternity massage.

Can I get a manicure/pedicure?


What can I do about leg and feet swelling?

Wear compression hose, drink lots of water, avoid salty foods, and elevate legs when possible.

What about leg cramps (charley horse)?

We are not sure what causes leg cramps, but try to straighten your leg and gently flex your ankle and toes back toward your shins several times

When do I get the glucose test?

Around 26 to 28 weeks

Can I fly in an airplane?

Yes, but not after 36 weeks

What about long car rides?

It's ok as long as you drink plenty of water and have stretch breaks every 1 1/2 hours for at least 10min.

Can I get in a hot tub/sauna

No, during first trimester. OK in the 2nd trimester, but not longer than 10 min. Also you need to get out of the water if you feel too warm. We do not recommend after 32 weeks. 

Can I paint my nursery?

Yes, as long as you do it with windows open, wear a protection mask and do it before the 3rd trimester.

When can I first feel the baby move?

Around 17-20 weeks

Tanning beds?

Tanning beds are safe for the developing fetus but can give you skin cancer. Spray tans and self-tanning lotions are fine.

How many ultrasounds do I get in a normal pregnancy?

Most practices order only two : One in the beginning to establish a due date, and another at 20 weeks to inspect fetal anatomy. In Our practice we will obtain also one at 32 weeks for growth and one at 39 weeks to have an estimated fetal weight as well as a biophysical profile.

Is heavy white discharge normal?

Yes, from the hormones; and could become more liquidly at the end of the pregnancy, sometimes confusing the new moms making them think that their water broke. 

Can I produce/leak breast milk?

Yes, this is normal, it can start at 20 weeks gestation

Can I still have sex while pregnant?

Yes, unless your provider tells you not to due to placenta location being to low.

Can I get dental work or x-rays?

Yes, we can provide a dental note if needed