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My friend delivered her baby 4 weeks early. What can I do to prevent a preterm delivery?  

About one in ten newborns in the United States is born too early. The cause of preterm delivery is often unknown. Some things you can do to reduce your risk of preterm labor and delivery include:

  • Obtain early and consistent prenatal care.
  • Avoid exposure to sexually transmitted disease.
  • Don't smoke, use alcohol or illicit drugs.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of preterm labor. Early detection and treatment of preterm labor may reduce the chance of a preterm delivery.

I have gestational diabetes. Will diabetes continue after my pregnancy?  

For the majority of women, the answer is 'No'. In about 97 out of 100 women with gestational diabetes, the blood sugar returns to normal after delivery. However, women who develop gestational diabetes are at higher risk for developing it again, and of developing diabetes mellitus later in life. To minimize your risk, stay physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. Have your blood sugar checked regularly and before becoming pregnant again.



Should I stop taking my blood pressure drugs now? I am trying to become pregnant.  

Prescription medication should never be discontinued without discussing it with your physician. Some medications are safer than others during pregnancy, however, poorly controlled blood pressure will also increase your pregnancy risks. Check with your doctor before you get pregnant to find out if the medication you are taking is safe. If it is not, discuss possible options, including another medication, and the risks pregnancy presents to you and the baby. Make sure you are in the best health possible to support a healthy pregnancy.



Can I make enough milk to breastfeed my twins?  

For most women, milk supply will increase based on how much milk is being removed from the breast. In other words, the supply grows to meet demand. In theory, you should be able to produce enough milk for twins, or more! The challenges are logistics (time) and getting enough rest. Learn all you can about breastfeeding during your pregnancy, and don't be afraid to contact a lactation consultant if you need help. Your local mothers-of-twins club may be a good resource for practical suggestions on breastfeeding twins. Good luck!



I'm expecting twins. Do I need two prenatal vitamins?  

No. Multiple pregnancy does increase nutrient needs more than for women expecting only one baby, however, it does not double your needs. Certain vitamins and minerals are harmful in large amounts. Take only supplements prescribed or approved by your prenatal care provider.



Is it ok to drink coffee while I'm pregnant?  

It's recommended that you avoid coffee and other sources of caffeine while you are pregnant. If you "must" have coffee, try to limit it to one cup per day. Too much caffeine can cause dehydration which is harmful to you and your fetus. It can also interfere with proper rest and sleep. Coffee can interfere with absorption of certain minerals, so don't take your vitamins or minerals at the same time as coffee.



I'm not a milk drinker, but I know I need more calcium during my pregnancy. What are other good sources of calcium?  

Your need for calcium is 1200 mg per day during your pregnancy and while you breast feed your infant. That amounts to about 4 servings of calcium-rich foods per day. Besides milk, other calcium rich foods include cheese, yogurt, calcium fortified soy milk, calcium fortified orange juice, and tofu that has been process with calcium (read the label). Dark green leafy vegetables and legumes (dried beans) also contain a significant amounts of calcium. Your prenatal vitamin does not provide much calcium. If you want to take calcium supplements, don't take calcium at the same time as your prenatal vitamin, because the iron in your prenatal vitamin will interfere with the calcium absorption.



I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy and I'm battling nausea. Any tips?  

Having something in your stomach usually helps relieve nausea. Use smaller, more frequent meals. Try eating every 2-3 hours. Dry and bland foods such as crackers and dry toast are often well tolerated. Avoid any foods which you find offensive. Eat in well-ventilated areas. Shorten food preparation time or have someone else prepare the food. Avoid fatty or fried foods. Drink cool, clear beverages between meals, rather than with meals. Do not lie flat for at least 2 hours after eating a main meal. Tea made with fresh ginger root, sliced and boiled, may calm the stomach.



I've had a lot of problems with constipation during my pregnancy. What are some tips to help with constipation?  

There are several things you can do to help with constipation. Increase your fiber intake. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (including the edible skins), choose whole grains, dried beans and split peas. Use wheat bran cereals such as raisin bran, bran flakes or bran buds. Drink plenty of liquids, at least 8 cups of fluid each day. Apple juice or prune juice may also be helpful. Exercise a little each day, physical activity helps keep the gastrointestinal tract moving. Laxative use is not recommended during pregnancy and should always be supervised by your physician.



I've been trying to get pregnant for a little over a year, and still no success. Does this mean I'm infertile? Should I see a specialist?   Infertility problems may be suspected after a full year of actively trying to get pregnant. Since a year has already passed for you, you should speak to your gynecologist and get recommendations in finding an infertility specialist. Don't get discouraged. Many infertility problems are treatable. You and your partner both need to have a full medical workup. An infertility workup usually finds the cause and then your specialist can discuss treatment options with you.

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