There are loads of changes that happen when you find out you’re pregnant. It’s exciting, scary and the happiest moment of your life when you read the PLUS sign that the baby you've been dreaming is finally coming. Even when life doesn’t go as planned, being pregnant brings on lots of questions. Thank goodness there’s an app for that.
The Pregnancy Companion app connects expecting moms and dads directly with board certified OBGYNs. Pregnancy Companion: The Obstetrician's Mobile Guide to Pregnancy serves as a personal pregnancy tracker, a source for information, and even gives users access to a network of MDs to answer specific questions.
According to the PregnancyCompanionApp, these are the most common questions that are asked during pregnancy...
7 Most Common Questions During Pregnancy
1. Is caffeine OK?
Up to 200 mg per day is most likely safe. An 8 oz. cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine, an Espresso has 65 mg and a diet coke has about 45 mg.
2. Are skin products OK?
Skin care products that use glycolic acid and alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) appear to be safe. Products that are not safe are those with salicylic acid, beta hydroxyl acid (BHA), tazorac, or any component that starts with "Retin-" including Retin-a and Retinal.
3. Is sushi safe during pregnancy?
Larger fish have higher levels of mercury (i.e. tuna, mackerel, swordfish and blue marlin) and should be avoided. Eel, shrimp, crab, fish eggs and scallops have usually acceptable mercury levels.
4. Can I have a glass of wine during pregnancy?
The truth is we don’t know. There are no studies that show that it causes a problem. I tell my patients that half a glass of wine on special occasions with food is probably very low risk.
5. What can I take when I have a cold during pregnancy?
For headaches you can safely take up to 4000 mg of Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) per 24-hour period. For congestion you can take 25 to 50 mg of Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) at night and 30 to 60 mg of Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®) every 4 to 6 hours during the day. For a cough, any over the counter cough syrup with Dextromorphan (DM), such as Robitussin DM®, is felt to be safe as well. For asore throat, gargling with salt water, using a concentration of one tablespoon of table salt in a glass of warm water, is very soothing.
6. Do I really need to sleep on my left side during pregnancy?
As long as you are comfortable, you are probably fine, no matter what position you are in. Any blood flow restriction will be felt by your heart and lungs and will cause the sensation of not being able to breath.
7. How do I prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, nothing seems to prevent them. Fortunately, most stretch marks fade significantly and if you are still bothered by them, topical Retin-A cream, which you can’t use while pregnant, might be helpful.