Dos and Don’ts of Pregnancy

Concerned about making bad choices for yourself and potentially harming your baby? Dr. Neetu K. Sodhi at Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology puts patients from Tarzana, CA and the greater Los Angeles area at ease with her simple Dos and Don’ts of pregnancy.

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Dos and Don’ts of Pregnancy

DO travel with caution. There is no known gestational age at which women must stop travel. If you are traveling, however, make sure to familiarize yourself with possible exposures and scope of medical care available at destination, should you need it. Also check out our specific recommendations for travel in pregnancy.

DO engage in sexual intercourse. According to ACOG, pregnant woman without bleeding, placenta previa (over 20 weeks), or ruptured membranes do not have to restrict sexual intercourse unless otherwise recommended by Dr. Sodhi.

DO walk around and remain mobile. However, if you were not active before pregnancy, ask Dr. Sodhi about incorporating a healthy, manageable fitness routine. There is no known benefit to activity restriction or bedrest in a normal, healthy pregnancy and our prenatal yoga is a must!

DO eat a variety of seafood. This can include sushi- in moderate amounts; the fish used in sushi (sushi-grade fish) is not typically contaminated with any parasites and this contamination would be rare if you went to a reputable sushi restaurant.

DO use gentle, non-irritating personal care products. Find them on your own or choose from a selection of pregnancy-friendly EltaMD skin care products in our office.

DO use insect repellants, especially if you are in an area with a high-risk for insect-borne illnesses.

DON’T overdo exercise, especially in the third semester and especially in hot weather; the risk of dehydration and overheating is high.

DON’T eat raw meat. Also, it is best to avoid deli meat due to the higher likelihood of contracting Listeriosis and other food borne illnesses.

DON’T eat all types of fish. Though seafood is healthy and nutritious, it is probably best to avoid the following types of fish due to their higher mercury levels:

  • King Mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Shark

DON’T consume too much caffeine. Generally speaking 2 regular cups of coffee are fine, but keep in mind, varying brewing methods may drastically alter the average amount of caffeine per serving.

DON’T use heavily-perfumed lotions or other artificially fragranced toiletries. This recommendation errs on the side of caution, since “fragrances” are not required to be disclosed by ingredient and are among the least regulated substances in the already poorly regulated category of cosmetics.