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• Get plenty of fresh air. Take a short walk or try sleeping with a window open. Avoid smells that bother you.
• Drink fluids often during the day. Cold drinks that are bubbly or sweet may help, such as ginger ale, Gatorade or juice. Sometimes flat ginger ale works better.
• Try peppermint or peppermint tea.
• Eat five or six small meals each day. Try not to let your stomach get empty, and sit upright after meals. Eating small, frequent meals tends to help.
• Eat foods that are low-fat, high in carbohydrates and easy to digest. The “BRATT” diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea and toast) may help. This diet will provide vital nutrients that will replace those you have lost.
• In the morning, sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes and then get up slowly. Eat dry toast or crackers before you get out of bed in the morning.
• ½ Unisom sleep tablet (Orange Box) and Vitamin B6 50 mg every 6 hours.
• You may try wearing Seabands (anti-motion sickness wrist bands) from a pharmacy or marine supply store.
• Prenatal vitamins and iron can cause nausea for some women. Taking vitamins with a meal may help. A children’s chewable vitamin with folate (folic acid) taken at the end of the day may be tolerated. If not then stop taking them until you feel better.
• Morning sickness can become a more serious problem if you can’t keep any foods or fluids down and begin to lose weight. If you are unable to keep any type of foods or liquids down for over 12 hours or you have lost more than five pounds, please call.
You should take 800-1000 mcg of folic acid everyday for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Folic acid can help prevent problems with your baby’s brain and spinal cord. It is best to start taking folic acid before you get pregnant.
Your provider wants you to take a prenatal vitamin. If you do take a prenatal supplement, make sure you’re not taking any other vitamin or mineral supplement along with it unless your provider recommends it.
Unless you have problems in your pregnancy, you can probably do whatever exercise you did before you got pregnant. You may feel better if you’re active. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Talk to your provider about any special conditions that you may have.
Some women say exercising during pregnancy makes labor and delivery easier. Walking and swimming are great choices, if you didn’t exercise before pregnancy, start slowly. Don’t overdo exercise. If you can’t talk easily while exercising, you are working too hard. Don’t get overheated. Be sure to drink plenty of water so that you don’t get dehydrated. It’s best to avoid anything that could cause you to fall, such as water skiing or rock climbing.
- You should call the office or on call physician if you have any of the following:
- Blood or fluid coming from your vagina
- Sudden or extreme swelling of your face or fingers
- Headaches that are severe or won’t go away
- Nausea or vomiting that won’t go away
- Dim or blurry vision
- Pain or cramps in your lower abdomen
- Chills or fever
- A change in your baby’s movements
- Less urine or burning when you urinate
- Any illness or infection
- Anything that bothers you
- Morning Sickness.Nausea or vomiting may strike anytime during the day (or night). Try eating frequent, small meals. Keep crackers by your bed to eat before getting up. Try to avoid odors that make you feel ill. Talk to your provider if morning sickness lasts past the first 3 months of pregnancy or causes you to lose weight.
- Tiredness. Sometimes tiredness in pregnancy is caused by anemia, so tell your provider. Get enough rest. Take a daytime nap if possible.
- Leg cramps.Gently stretch the calf of your leg by curling your toes upward, toward you knee.
- Constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat foods with lots of fiber, such as raisins, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and bran cereal. Drink ½ cup of prune juice or eat four prunes daily. Don’t take laxatives without talking to your provider first. Stool softeners may be safer than laxatives or try Metamucil or Fibercon.
- Hemorrhoids.Don’t strain during bowel movements. Try to avoid becoming constipated. Clean yourself well after a bowel movement (wet wipes may be less irritating than toilet paper). Take several warm soaks (sitz baths) a day.
- Urinating More Often. You may need to urinate more often as your baby grows because he or she will put pressure on your bladder. This can’t be helped.
- Varicose Veins.Avoid clothing that fits tightly around your legs or waist. Rest and put your feet up as much as you can. Move around if you must stand for long periods. Ask your provider about support hose.
- Moodiness.Your hormones are on a roller coaster ride during pregnancy. Plus, your life is undergoing a big change. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if you feel sad or think about suicide, talk to your provider.
- Heartburn.Eat frequent small meals often. Avoid spicy or greasy foods. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Don’t lie down right after eating. Try sleeping propped up on pillows. Refer to the medication list for safe antacids.
- Yeast Infections. The amount of discharge for the vagina increases during pregnancy. Yeast infections, which can also cause discharge, are more common during pregnancy. It’s a good idea to talk with your provider about any unusual discharge.
- Bleeding Gums.Brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for cleanings. Don’t put off dental visits because you’re pregnant, but be sure to tell your dentist you’re pregnant.
- Stuffy Nose.This is related to changes in the levels of the female hormone estrogen. You may also have nosebleeds.
- Edema (Retaining Fluid).Rest with your legs up. Lie on your left side while sleeping so blood flows from your legs back to your heart better. Don’t use diuretics (water pills). If you’re thinking about cutting down on salt to reduce swelling, talk with your provider first. Your body needs enough salt to maintain the balance of fluid and cutting back on salt may not be the best way to manage your swelling.
- Skin Changes:Stretch marks appear as red marks on your skin. Lotion can help keep your skin moist and may help reduce the itchiness of dry skin. Stretch marks really can’t be prevented but they often fade after pregnancy. Other skin changes may include darkening of the skin on your face and around your nipples, and a dark line below your belly button. Staying out of the sun or using a sunscreen may help lessen these marks. They’ll probably fade after pregnancy.