Tips for a healthy pregnancy

Comprehensive obstetrics, labor & delivery care at CMH

There are many choices in health care today. Where a woman chooses to deliver her baby is one of the most important decisions she can make for her family. The Family Birth Center at Columbia Memorial Hospital offers the highest level of Obstetric care in a cozy, supportive environment. Every birth is special and we look forward to sharing the miracle of each and every delivery. Our C-section rate is among the lowest in New York State, and we offer the full range of pain management options. This speaks to our commitment to quality and safety while taking nothing away from the natural process of birthing. We provide physician as well as midwife delivery, by a team of caring, diverse and highly skilled providers.

The Birthing Center at Columbia Memorial Hospital is one of the Hudson Valley’s best kept secrets. We invite you to come tour our facility and meet our staff. At Columbia Memorial… We Deliver!

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You are about to experience one of the most incredible experiences a human being can have. In the next few months you will begin to change, grow and develop in so many ways. Embrace the change and appreciate every moment.

We strongly recommend you enroll in a Child Birth Class. Knowledge is the key to a healthy pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy you may be referred to other services at Columbia Memorial Hospital. We routinely order laboratory tests and ultrasounds.

Prior to giving birth, we strongly suggest you discuss with your family and friends who you would like to have in the birthing room. Our birthing rooms today are called LDRPs (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum Rooms). This allows you and your baby to remain in the same room throughout your hospital stay. We believe the bonding experience begins immediately. We would like you and your baby to spend as much time together as possible.

The nursing staff is always available for questions. We have designated “quiet hours” on the Family Birth Place unit to allow one on one time with our staff. During quiet hours we will work with you and your significant other along with your baby to ensure you are fully prepared to take care of your baby when you go home.

This is an exciting time for you, so relax, breathe and enjoy!

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4–8 p.m. The Family Birth Place quiet hours are 1-4 p.m. daily. The Family Birth Place has instituted quiet hours, without visitors, so the mother, father and baby are able to spend quiet time to begin the bonding experience. During these hours, we ask that family and friends refrain from visiting. This also enables the staff to work closely with the family to help with parenting skills. This time is important for the new family to rest and recuperate. For a tour of the Family Birth Place, call 518.828.8240. If you have any questions about videotaping and photography, ask the Birth Place staff during the tour.

Safe medications

Please note: No drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy. However, the following medications are considered relatively safe:


  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Tylenol Cold
  • Warm salt / water gargle
  • Sudafed, Actifed, Dristan, Neosynephrine*
  • Robitussin DM, Trind-DM, Vicks Cough Syrup, Romilar, Halls*

*Do not take “SA” (sustained action) forms of these drugs or the “Multi-Symptom” forms of these drugs.


  • Metamucil
  • Citrucil
  • Fiberall / Fibercon,
  • Colace
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Senekot


  • For 24 hours, only after 12 weeks of pregnancy:
    • Kaopectate
    • Immodium
    • Pepto Bismol

First Aid Ointment

  • Bacitracin
  • Neosporin


  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)


  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Tums
  • Riopan
  • Titralac
  • Gaviscon


  • Preparation H
  • Anusol
  • Tucks
  • Witch Hazel


  • Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
  • Caladryl lotion or cream
  • Benadryl cream
  • Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)

Nausea and vomiting

  • Vitamin B6 100 mg tablet, Emetrol (if not diabetic), Gingera, B-natal (lozenge),
  • Sea bands
  • Yeast infection
  • Monistat-OTC or Terazol-Rx
  • Do not insert applicator too far.

No smoking advisory 1-866-NYQUITS (697-8487) Smoking affects not only your health but the health of your child. If you stop now, it greatly reduces the risk of low birth weight and other serious complications. If you have questions call The Women’s Health Center at 518.828.1400 or 518.719.3500

Best & worst foods

Foods high in iron are best for you and your baby. Examples include:

  • Meats, egg yolks, brown rice, tofu, iron, fortified cereals, enriched breads, whole grain breads and cream of wheat
  • Dried beans: pintos, kidney, garbanzos, lentils, split peas
  • Nuts: cashews, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
  • Leafy green veggies: leaf lettuce, kale, watercress, parsley, swiss chard, spinach
  • Greens: dandelion, beet, collards, seaweed, kelp and dulse
  • Dried fruits: raisins, prunes, apricots

Foods to avoid:

  • Any fast foods
  • Canned foods: veggies, soups
  • Olives, pickles, relish
  • Hot dogs, cold cuts, bacon, sausage
  • TV dinners
  • Frozen pizza
  • Salted snacks: chips, pretzels, corn chips, popcorn, nuts
  • Condiments: Onion salt, garlic salt, seasoned salt, soy sauce, bouillon cubes, baking soda, alka seltzer
  • Packaged mixes: soup, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, taco mix
  • Hard cheeses: swiss, cheddar, parmesan

Guide to healthy fish

Enjoy up to two servings each week of the following:

  • Bass (saltwater, includes sea bass/striped bass)
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Crab (blue, king and snow)
  • Crawfish
  • Flatfish (flounder and sole)
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Monkfish
  • Oysters
  • Perch (fresh-water)
  • Pollock
  • Sea trout
  • Scallops
  • Shad
  • Shrimp
  • Skate
  • Snapper
  • Squid
  • Tilapia
  • Trout (freshwater)

Enjoy one serving a week of the following:

  • Grouper
  • Lobster
  • Tuna (canned, white albacore, fresh/frozen)
  • Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy

Enjoy one to two servings a month of the following:

  • Bluefish
  • Herring
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

Fish to avoid:

  • King mackerel
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish

Maternity care is offered at the following location:

Family Birth Place
71 Prospect Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534

(518) 828-8240