Pregnancy FAQs

Pregnancy FAQs

No two pregnancies are alike, so whether you are a first time mom or getting ready for your fourth child, the Capital Women's Care -  Division 56/Charles Street OB/GYN family is here to help you with any questions that may arise along the way. 

Below is a list of common questions that our expectant morther-to-be have asked over the years and answers from our professional staff. 

As always, should you have any questions that are not answered on this website, we are always available to assist you. 

What are the symptoms of pregnancy?

There are a variety of symptoms of pregnancy. Most commonly, women notice that they are late for their scheduled period. Other symptoms include: swollen, tender, or sore breasts and nipples, tiredness, light bleeding or cramping, morning sickness, frequent urination, mood swings, increased basal body temperature, constipation, and unusual fatigue.

Do I need to change my diet while pregnant?

Depending upon your diet before pregnancy, your OB doctor may recommend that you make some changes. Many times an iron supplement is recommended during pregnancy.  It is usually recommended that women who are pregnant consume four or more servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and dairy each day along with three servings of lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, or beans. Please discuss your dietary restrictions with your physician so you can create a plan that best suits your lifestyle.

Is it safe to dye my hair during pregnancy?

It is still unclear whether or not it is considered safe to dye your hair while pregnant based on current studies. However, no changes to developing babies were noted in the few animal and human studies that have been recorded. If you are unsure about dying your hair while pregnant, we recommend you discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Can I sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Some studies have shown that sleeping on your back during pregnancy may result in increased complications. One common condition is referred to as “vena cava syndrome” where women can lose consciousness. We recommend sleeping on your left side with a comfortable body pillow to support your knees and spine after 20 weeks.

Can I continue to drink coffee?

We recommend reducing your intake of caffeine as much as possible while you are pregnant. Past studies have concluded that an intake of 200 miligrams of caffeine, or more (about 2 cups of coffee) significantly increased risk of a miscarriage. To understand your best option, please speak with your physician about your dietary concerns at your next appointment.

Can I have a dental x-ray during pregnancy?

Diagnostic dental X-rays can be safe while you are pregnant, specifically if you are given a lead body cover. Diagnostic radiation has a far lower X-ray dosage than therapeutic radiation which is used to treat diseases like cancer. Dental X-rays are typically focused right on the area where the X-ray is needed, so there is virtually no exposure to anything other than the teeth.

Can I stick to my normal exercise routine during pregnancy?

It is recommended that women who are pregnant continue their normal workout routine. Regular exercise most or all days of the week is recommended. Once in your second trimester, you should not perform any exercise on your back, as this could reduce the flow of available oxygen to your baby. If you experience any unusual symptoms while exercising, please stop immediately and call your physician if needed. 

Can I travel during pregnancy?

It is recommended that women who are pregnant book their travel plans in the second trimester. We recommend not traveling after 36 weeks. Please refer to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website listed below for Zika travel information.

 How much weight should I put on during pregnancy?

If you begin your pregnancy at a healthy weight for your body type, it is recommended that you gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds. Woman who are below or above the recommended weight for their body type should consult their physician to decide what is best.

How can I handle my mood swings while pregnant?

Women handle the emotions of pregnancy very differently. There are always new adjustments to get used to while preparing for your baby, so it is very normal to react to a new pregnancy differently that you had expected. Try to focus on the positive side of pregnancy and nurturing your baby. Reach out to pregnancy  groups, mid-wives, friends, and family for added support. The Charles Street team is always here to ease your nerves and provide you with resources to find a local support group near you.

How can Lead Poisoning affect my child and I?

Lead poisoning is a persistent, but preventable, public health problem in the United States. Lead dust in the home is caused by chipping, peeling, flaking or deteriorating lead-based paint and can exist in even the cleanest homes. Dust from lead paint continues to be the number one source of childhood lead poisoning. It can cause delays in growth an development, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. Lead can also be found in toys, jewelry, and other consumer products and may be brought home from some jobs. Children are most vulnerable to lead poisoning from conception until age six.

For additional information related to lead screening regulations, please call the Environmental Health Helpline: 1-866-703-3266 or email