Becky Gruenberg, R.N. | OB Coordinator
Becky came to Women’s OB-GYN in 1993, with an Associates degree in nursing, and extensive obstetrical experience gained through employment at Covenant HealthCare-Harrison. She currently works as the OB Coordinator, and sees each obstetrical patient for their initial visit with Women’s OB-GYN, and also at 28 weeks gestation. During these appointments, the patient’s health information is discussed, and Becky offers prenatal and nutritional counseling. She remains a valuable resource for obstetrical patients throughout their pregnancies.
There are many factors that contribute to producing a healthy baby before the time of birth actually arrives. Most expectant mothers often question what is appropriate for their developing baby, and what precautions should be taken to ensure a healthy baby is delivered when the time comes.
Following the recommendations below for proper prenatal care will not only help develop a healthy baby, but will help produce a healthy expectant mother, as well. However, if patients ever have any questions regarding prenatal care, they should always consult their provider.
- Certain substances and medications should be avoided throughout pregnancy. If possible, no medication should be taken during the entire first trimester. Substances and medications to be avoided include:
- Sweet and Low (Artificial sweetener)
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are healthy for both the baby, and the expectant mother, but some fish may have mercury contamination. Therefore, there are only certain kinds of fish that are recommended during pregnancy. They include:
- Salmon (not smoked)
- Sardines (in their own oil)
- Lobster (not the liver)
- Fish sticks
- Canned tuna
- Freshwater fish
- Exercising is usually healthy during pregnancy. However, multiple issues need to be taken into account before beginning an exercise program. It is recommended that expectant mothers consult with their provider before beginning any exercise routines.
- Getting a flu vaccination is recommended for healthy pregnant women who will be in their 2nd or 3rd trimester during the flu season. However, it is always a good idea to consult with a provider regarding any medical procedures during pregnancy.
- Nausea and vomiting, or morning sickness, typically occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, as the expectant mother adjusts to increased levels of estrogen and progesterone in her body. Although morning sickness can be very unpleasant, healthcare providers often see it as a sign that the placenta is developing appropriately within the uterus.
Natural methods for curbing nausea include:
- Eat small meals often
- Drink fluids often, to avoid dehydration
- Drink fluids before or after meals, but not with them
- Eat crackers before getting out of bed in the morning; get up slowly
- Turn on a fan, or open a window while cooking, to avoid permeating odors
- Get a full night’s rest, and take naps during the day
- Avoid warm places
- Sniff lemons or ginger
- Get fresh air; take deep breaths