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
Tips to Lessen Morning Sickness

Tips to Lessen Morning Sickness

Sleep Before you go to bed: Be sure to have plenty of fresh air in the room where you sleep. The odor of soiled clothes and other household odors in the room where you sleep may upset your stomach. Before … Continued
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
Labor and Delivery

Labor and Delivery

Signs of Labor Often some signs of your body preparing for labor appear even weeks before your labor begins. Braxton Hicks Contractions The contractions may appear about 4-6 weeks before a first baby arrives, or may go unnoticed. They are … 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
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