Pregnancy FAQ

Should I work during pregnancy? What are the risks?

More than 70% of the women of childbearing age in the United States have jobs outside the home. Most women keep working during their pregnancies. Many work right up until delivery and return to work within weeks or months of the baby’s birth. As long as you and your baby are healthy and your job presents no special hazards, you should be able to work as long as you want. No matter what type of work you do, discuss is with your doctor early in pregnancy.

For more information visit The Equal Employment Opportunity Commision; The US Department of Labor; Woman’s Bureau of the Department of Labor; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Should I exercise during my pregnancy?

Regular exercise builds bones and muscles, give you energy, and keeps you healthy and is just as important when you are pregnant. Exercise helps you look and feel better during a time when your body is changing. However, while exercising, try to avoid activities that call for jumping, jarring motions or quick changes in direction that may strain your joints and cause injury.

General Guidelines

  • After 20 weeks of pregnancies, avoid doing any exercises on your back
  • Avoid brisk exercise in hot, humid weather or when you are sick with a fever
  • Wear comfortable clothing that will help you remain cool
  • Wear a bra that fits well and gives lots of support to help protect your breasts
  • Drink plenty of water to help keep you from overheating and dehydrating
  • Make sure you consume the extra 300 calories a day you need during pregnancy

Warning Signs

  • Pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Increased shortness ¬†of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty walking
  • Uterine contractions and chest pains
  • Fluid leaking from the vagina

What are the signs of Preterm Labor?

  • Vaginal discharge
    • change in type (watery, mucus, or bloody)
    • increase in amount
  • Pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
  • Constant low dull backache
  • Mild abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea
  • Regular or frequent contractions or uterine tightening, often painless
  • Ruptured membranes (your water breaks)