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DeKalb / Decatur
2801 North Decatur Road
Suite 190
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-299-9307

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Suite 102
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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Pregnancy Dos and Don'ts

Pregnancy dos and donts provided by at Gynecology and Obstetrics of Dekalb

What to Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Nicotine
  • Vaping
  • Marijuana
  • Raw and Undercooked Fish
  • Raw and Undercooked Meat
  • Unwashed Vegetables and Fruit
  • Unpasteurized Dairy Products
  • Fast Food
  • Foods being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Note: Unheated deli meats could also potentially increase the risk of Listeria, but the risk is uncertain.
  • Hot Tubs - Avoid in first trimester
  • Cat Litter - Do not change cat litter
  • Soil - When gardening, wear gloves

What to Limit

  • Artificial Sweeteners - Low (typical) consumption is likely safe
  • Caffeine - No more than 200 milligrams a day
    • A typical 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee =130 mg of caffeine
    • An 8-ounce cup of tea or 12-ounce soda = 50 mg of caffeine
    • Exact amounts vary based on the specific beverage or food

What is Allowed

  • Fish Consumption - Two to three servings per week of fish with a high DHA (a type of omega-3 fat) and low mercury content
  • Exercise - Exercise regularly; swimming allowed
  • Oral Health - Continue as scheduled
  • Hair Dyes - Data is limited, but presumed safe
  • Insect Repellants - Including DEET
  • Travel
    • Wear lap and shoulder seatbelts
    • Air travel is safe
    • Balance risk with the benefit of the trip
    • Be familiar with infection exposures and available medical care at each destination
  • Sexual Intercourse - No restrictions unless there is bleeding, placenta previa after 20-week mark or ruptured membranes
  • Vaccinations
    • Get Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) during third trimester
    • Get flu vaccine when available
    • Get COVID-19 vaccine

Printable Document

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