Gastrointestinal Problems During Pregnancy

Gastrointestinal Problems During Pregnancy

Indigestion and Heartburn: These problems occur because the stomach empties more slowly during pregnancy and the enlarging uterus crowds the digestive organs, especially the stomach. Food may back up into the lower part of the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. … Continued
Harmful Substances During Pregnancy

Harmful Substances During Pregnancy

Harmful Substances in the Home or Workplace Cleaning agents Do not use chlorinated hydrocarbon cleaning fluids. Pesticides Do not work with pesticides. If you have pesticides used in your home, leave the house for several hours and have good ventilation … Continued
Traveling while Pregnant

Traveling while Pregnant

Travel (Domestic) If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you may travel until the last 4-5 weeks of pregnancy. At that time, it is recommended that you travel no further than approximately one hour from your home. If you have a history … Continued
The BRAT Diet for Nausea, Vomiting, or Diarrhea

The BRAT Diet for Nausea, Vomiting, or Diarrhea

What to Drink and Eat After Vomiting and/or Diarrhea Begin taking a few sips of water or oral rehydrating solution (ORS). ORS has the advantage of a proper balance of sugar and salt. Examples of brands are Pedialyte and Rehydralyte … Continued
Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy: Exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common problems of pregnancy. It improves circulation (which helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles). It also prevents back pain … Continued
Medications and Supplements During Pregnancy

Medications and Supplements During Pregnancy

Medication / Supplement Precautions First trimester (first 13 – 14 weeks from your last menstrual period): Do not take any medication (over the counter or prescribed by a physician) other than prenatal vitamins and Tylenol (Acetaminophen), without checking with your … Continued
Minor Illnesses During Pregnancy

Minor Illnesses During Pregnancy

Colds After the first trimester, you make take Sudafed, Claritin, and Zyrtec to help with nasal stuffiness. You may also use normal saline nose drips, Ayr Nasal Spray or Afrin. Use nasal sprays for no more than three days, as … Continued
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

Notice on First Trimester Do not take any medication (over the counter or prescription) in the first trimester other than Prenatal Vitamins and Tylenol without checking with your physician. If you have a medical condition for which you normally take … Continued
Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

German Measles German measles (Rubella) is uncommon, as most women have been vaccinated against Rubella as a child. It is a viral disease that, if contracted in the first trimester of pregnancy, can cause birth defects involving the heart, brain, … Continued