Gynecologist Answers Commonly Searched Pregnancy Questions

does eating certain foods affect the gender of your baby my name is Candace Fraser and I'm an ob/gyn I'm here to answer some of the most googled pregnancy related questions can you get pregnant without having sex yes if you're married but that happens already if you were to collect someone's sperm let's say you want to do your own intrauterine insemination that little turkey baster and you squirt it inside yes that can happen if you are having oral sex or other types of sex that isn't necessarily penetrative if you have semen coming close enough to the vagina that they're really excited and motivated and they make their way inside yes but again they would be super sperm you can get pregnant at any age after you've had your first period however there's a caveat because women ovulate before they get their period someone may have ovulated and never had a period and get pregnant sometimes it can be very difficult to tell what's pregnancy and what's just food so basically some things that you may experience is Majah vomiting breast tenderness maybe some cramping sometimes it can just be different things but the most important sign that we're looking for is that you've missed your period so anything that can cause direct trauma to yourself I will avoid I wouldn't necessarily go ice skating or skiing I probably wouldn't go on rollercoasters anything that's gonna have like travel jerking motions and he really really hot bodies of water so not like a regular bathtub like a sauna or a hot tub that's really heated you probably you probably you definitely want to avoid doing those if you were super active and exercising it's probably okay for you to continue but I wouldn't start CrossFit when you get pregnant so as far as foods go you don't want to eat anything that is raw so no raw meats no fish no sushi soft cheeses so anything that's not pasteurized most types of fish are safe to eat in pregnancy so as far as cold cuts and deli meats we're concerned about the bacteria called Listeria and this is associated with preterm labor and miscarriages and then you can just get really sick things that aren't caffeinated we give you one small regular cup of coffee or tea not banty regular 8 ounces cup of coffee or tea if you just stop cold turkey during pregnancy then you get headaches and things like that you don't need to do that just cut it down significantly alcohol it is never recommended don't do it nothing is safe to save it up as soon as you have that baby someone can bring you that bottle of wine you're good do not drink a glass of wine to induce your labor I don't know what that would do I'll put you to sleep I don't know don't do that how much weight can you expect to gain any pregnancy I expect you to gain between 25 and 35 pounds you want to have a well-balanced diet and in general you need about 400 calories on top of what you would be eating regularly so you're not eating for two it's just basically a snack on top of your regular three meals just healthy snacks that you can think of it's what you want to add to your regular diet sleeping positions this causes pregnant women a lot of distress so in your first trimester even your second trimester it's probably okay to sleep on your back so what we get concerned about is as the uterus gets a larger it's going to put pressure on that base blood vessel the vena cava which takes blood to the baby when you lay flat on your back so we say that it's most ideal to lay on your side however who can control where they end up when they're sleeping so what I usually recommend to my patients is just put a pillow just right under your back so that's there's more of a tilt so if you do turn kind a little bit more while you're sleeping it's okay sex during pregnancy do it you can safely have sex during pregnancy unless your doctor tells you specifically not to there are some problems that women may have with placental location or problems with the cervix that may make bleeding a little bit more likely but other than that yes you can have sex the vagina is wonderfully made so even though you push out a baby's big ten centimeter head and it seems like your vagina may have just like stretched to the size of I don't even know a big bowl it usually comes right back as far as stretch marks go you can try to prevent them but ultimately it just depends on your type of tissue there's a lot of products out there that you can discuss with your OBGYN or great dermatologist but it's something that you have to start from the beginning and use consistently and a lot of women despite what they try they end up with stretch marks because their skin is stretching and it's just something you have to do to get your beautiful bundle overly stressed during pregnancy is something that I get commonly asked about so there are different levels of stress it's just a matter of how much it's affecting you if you are in a traumatic situation and it's really giving you physical symptoms because of your stress it can also affect your pregnancy in terms of preterm labor things like that but generally don't worry if life some regular stressors are there because your babies may be stronger than that mental health and pregnancy is something that you definitely need to discuss with your doctor preferably prior to pregnancy discuss it with your mental health provider as far as should you continue your medications should you try to stop your medications a lot of women can continue their medication throughout pregnancy because that's what's healthy and so you never want to be pregnant and stop your antidepressants or other medications that you take for any mental illness because that can be detrimental to your health you need to take care of yourself we always want to take care of mom first because anything that mom experiences can potentially have it have an effect teen pregnancies are a little bit of a different situation mainly for social reasons so as a teenager you're dealing with school and possibly other things that are going on in your home and it may not be something that you planned on so there may be other stressors that you're encountering because you're a teenager you can have a healthy pregnancy the same as an older woman however we may want to monitor you a little bit more closely just to make sure you're taking care of yourself the best way possible and that you're safe in your home environment so I hope that these answers have been helpful but always remember that every pregnancy is you it's unique to the mom it's unique to the baby always consult with your own ob/gyn that you have a relationship with to get the best answer for you

31 Replies to “Gynecologist Answers Commonly Searched Pregnancy Questions”

  1. "Just eat healthy snacks you can think of"

    idea of healthy food: so you mean chips,ice cream,cake and a large sprit?

    Also Me: sounds about right!!

  2. ok so this has nothing to do with the video but I got my first stretch marks when I was 12. I was out wearing a bikini (the marks were on my upper stomach ) in public, and a man asks where they were from. I looked him dead in the eye and simply said “I’m pregnant sir. Due in January! I’m only 12, but my mom allows it! She didn’t make me an abortion! I get to keep the baby!” The man turned bright red, and said “Oh i’m-i’m going to go!”

    I wasn’t pregnant.

  3. What this lady didn't explain is about the how much weight should you gain is that it varies depending on how much you weighed before the pregnancy. For an example I was underweight before I got pregnant so I should gain at least 28-40 lbs while an average weight is what she stated and for overweight it's less than the average.

  4. I first noticed I was pregnant when my boobs started looking bigger, then my period never came and I kinda went into denial cause I just found out my sister was pregnant and I was not ready to have one, and so I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive but I was still in denial. So my fiancee took me to women's care center to get a proof of pregnancy and it came back Positive and that I was due November 10th. I was already 6 weeks when I found out. Shortly after I started getting morning sickness so bad to where I couldn't even stand without puking and car rides were the WORST! I got motion sick all the time but now that I'm 21 weeks I get it every now and then and my little baby is kicking harder than ever

  5. THANK YOU for stressing mental health importance. My first OB wouldn't let me be on my anti depressants and by the end of my first trimester I was missing work and almost lost my job. We need more women like you int his world!

    I did get a midwife who knew what she was doing and cared

  6. There's a a story in TLC, she was pregnant even when she was already on her period. So its still not safe and an indication that you are not pregnant. Just go to your doctor

  7. *no sushi isn't quite accurate. If the sushi has cooked fish and it's a safe kind of fish to eat, you're fine. You just don't want to have traditional raw fish sushi.

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