We get it: You have lots of questions.

Not all pregnant women have trouble sleeping, back pain or morning sickness, but there’s one thing they all have in common: lots and lots of questions! We’re happy to report that we’ve got expert physicians who have answers to all of your pregnancy questions. Here are some of the top questions asked by pregnant women.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

Steven Seligman, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN at Medical City Arlington, says that the ideal weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds.

How can I eat healthy during pregnancy?

Luann K. Hassan, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN at Medical City Las Colinas, says that you can control pregnancy weight gain and provide good nutrition to your growing baby by adding just 300 extra calories a day in the form of two small, nutritious snacks.

What foods are the best to eat during pregnancy?

Aungel Evans, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN at Medical City Plano, recommends a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy. This includes:

  • Lean meats
  • Low fat
  • Low sugar
  • Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits

Is it ok to drink diet sodas during pregnancy?

Dr. Evans generally advises that her patients give up their diet sodas for the simple reason that they have no nutritional benefit. However, if you just have to have one, she says that drinking them in moderation, occasionally, is okay.

Is it safe to eat cheese during pregnancy?

According to Dr. Evans, most cheeses are okay to eat while you’re pregnant. What you have to watch out for are unpasteurized cheeses. She says that in the U.S., most cheese is pasteurized. Be especially careful about international cheeses sold in specialty markets and cheeses from other countries.

Are swollen feet, ankles and hands common during pregnancy?

Now that you’ve eaten all that salty cheese — yes! But seriously, Dr. Evans says that swelling can be very normal during pregnancy. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure to make sure that your swollen extremities are not an indication of something more serious.

How can I reduce the swelling in my feet and ankles?

Dawn Bankston, MD, a board-certified OB-GYN at Medical City Plano, offers these tips to reduce pregnancy swelling:

  • Elevate your feet as much as possible
  • Limit the amount of time spent standing, especially if you’re working all day
  • Try maternity support hose, but be sure to get the ones that go up to your waist
  • Exercise regularly if your doctor says it’s safe for you

Check out the answers to more pregnancy questions in Pregnancy 411, Are You Pregnant or in a Sci-Fi Movie? and What Should You Do When Eating for Two?

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Revised 5/14/2019