Your body will go through many changes as your baby grows. A lot of these symptoms are normal. You may experience morning sickness, breast tenderness and mild cramping.
Click below to see more information about how your body will change and normal symptoms of pregnancy.
Dealing with morning sickness? We’re here to help! Our team recommends remedies such as eating small, frequent meals, avoiding greasy and spicy foods, and staying hydrated. Ginger or peppermint tea can also help ease nausea. If you are unable to keep food down or have severe nausea and vomiting, please reach out to us for help.
There are some symptoms that are concerning and you should reach out to our team immediately:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Fever over 101.5 F
- Severe pelvic pain
- Painful urination
- Severe puffiness in the hands/face
- Changes in vision
- Excessive vomiting
Weight Gain in Pregnancy
The recommended amount of weight gain in your pregnancy is dependent on your pre-pregnancy weight. If you are overweight, you should gain less weight than average and if you are under weight you should gain more. The recommended amount of weight gain is calculated using your BMI (body mass index). You can calculate your BMI by using an online calculator using your height and weight. The following are weight gain recommendations by BMI:
|BMI before pregnancy||Recommended amount of weight gain|
|Less than 18.5||28-40 pounds|
|Normal BMI of 18.5-24.9||25-35 pounds|
|Overweight BMI 25-29.9||15-25 pounds|
|BMI over 30||10-20 pounds|
During your first trimester it is normal to gain very little weight or no weight at all. You do not need to increase your caloric intake during the first trimester. Just make sure you are eating a balanced diet.
Being overweight during your pregnancy can increase your risk of complications such as:
- Pre-term birth
- Gestational diabetes
- Large baby
- Birth injury during vaginal delivery
- Cesarean birth
- Birth defects
Labor and Delivery
When it comes time for delivery, an on-call physician will deliver your baby. This will most likely be a doctor from our clinic, however, we do share call with other doctors in the community and there is a small chance that delivery will be performed by one of our call-partners.
If you are having a scheduled Cesarean Section, you may choose a provider and we will do our best to accommodate you. We deliver at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
We are looking forward to working with you to ensure the best possible care for you and your baby. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your pregnancy!