MOABS had the opportunity to chat with Lauren Hammer, APRN from Women’s Care Florida. Women’s Care Florida is the premier provider of women’s health care in Florida. We learned so much about what to expect during pregnancy. You might be surprised by some of Lauren’s answers (we were!) and you’ll want to be sure to check out their website for more tips!
1. What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
In addition, try not to exceed 300 extra calories and 200 mg caffeine per day.
2. What signs should I look for to tell me I’m REALLY in labor?
3. If I have a high-risk pregnancy, how will my appointments be different?
4. How often will I be able to “see” the baby via sonogram?
5. What much weight is normal for an expectant mom to gain during pregnancy?
6. How much does the baby grow from month to month?
7. When does the baby start kicking, and how many kicks should the baby make as he/she grows?
8. When do I find out the baby’s sex?
9. What genetic testing is available after I find out I’m pregnant? When does that take place?
Diagnostic testing can be offered if the screening test for chromosome abnormalities shows a high-risk for a chromosome disorder. An amniocentesis (testing of an amniotic fluid sample), or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) (a sample of the chorionic villus from the placenta) can be offered early in the pregnancy.
10. How can I ensure I’m prepared for the physical aspect of delivery?
11. What are the most important items for me to bring to the hospital on my delivery day?