Solutions To Common Problems Encountered During Pregnancy


Morning Sickness & Heartburn

■ Eat a dry snack, like soda crackers or dry toast before you get out of bed in the morning

■ Eat smaller meals frequently

■ Avoid eating spicy or greasy foods

■ If the above fails, the only medications you should take without talking with your physician or nurse are Tums or Maalox

Constipation

■ Drink plenty of fluids and eat foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and bran products?

Tender Breasts

■ Try wearing a bra all the time, even to sleep at night

Swollen Feet & Hands

■ Some swelling is normal but too much is a bad sign. If you notice sudden or significant swelling (especially in the face and legs) contact your physician right away. For normal swelling, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to help flush out your system and always elevate your feet when you sit down.

Minor Cold Symptoms

■ Minor cold symptoms such as a minor cough, sneezing, fever less than 101 degrees, and no vomiting can be treated with the following over-the-counter medications:

■ Sudafed or Benadryl - for nasal congestion and sneezing

■ Tylenol - for relief of low grade fever less that 101 degrees

■ Robitussin (plain) - for cough

■ If symptoms get worse, fever increases, chest cough develops, or vomiting occurs, please contact your doctor.

Hemorrhoids

■ Warm water sitz baths can provide some relief, but you'll be less susceptible to hemorrhoids if you avoid constipation by following a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids.

Vaginal Secretions

■ Some vaginal secretion is always present, but the amount tends to increase during pregnancy. Normal vaginal secretions consist mainly of cervical mucus and appear thin and milky and do not have a bad odor. You may have a vaginal infection if the discharge is accompanied by burning, itching, a foul odor, or if there is a change in either the color or consistency of the secretions.

Warning Signs - Call your doctor if...

■You have any vaginal bleeding
■You are experiencing severe abdominal pain
■You are unable to keep any food down for 24 hours (dehydration can be dangerous in pregnancy)
■You fainted
■You experience any sudden swelling, especially in the face
■Your vision is blurred
■You have constant or severe headaches
■You have a gush of fluid come out of your vagina (this may be amniotic fluid)
■You notice burning during urination or there is blood in your urine
■You notice an unpleasant odor or unusual vaginal discharge
■You are having regular rhythmic contractions