- eat dry crackers, toast or cereal before getting up or when feeling sick.
- eat five or six small meals a day.
- drink lots of water between meals, but not during meals.
- avoid strong food smells.
- avoid greasy or spicy foods.
- wear a good supportive bra, it may help to wear it to bed.
- wear nursing pads or tissues in your bra.
- Limit fluids before bedtime.
- Limit fluids when a bathroom is not nearby.
- Drink necessary fluids at other times.
- Fatigue is common early and late in pregnancy.
- Exercising each day may help you have more energy.
- Lie down at least once a day.
- Eat raw fruits, vegetables, prunes and whole grain or bran cereals.
- Exercise helps.
- Walking is very good.
- Drink at least 2 quarts of fluid each day.
- A cup of hot water three times a day helps.
- Try to keep bowel movements regular.
- Take short rests with hips lifted on a pillow.
- Sit on firm chairs or sit tailor style on the floor.
- Practice Kegel exercise.
- Rest often.
- Keep good posture.
- Move around rather than standing in one place too long.
- Use a footstool for your feet.
- Keep your knees higher than your hips.
- Wear low-heeled shoes.
- Bathe the outer vagina often.
- Use soap without perfume.
- Do not use vaginal sprays, powders or feminine hygiene products.
- Do not use colored or perfumed toilet paper.
- Wear cotton panties.
- Avoid panty hose, girdles and tight pants.
- If these tips do not help, talk to your health care provider.
- Stay away from greasy and spicy foods.
- Eat smaller meals but eat more often.
- Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after eating.
- Change your position slowly.
- Get up slowly when you have been lying down.
- Eat regular meals.
- Do not stay in the sun too long or get too hot.
- Report ANY dizziness to your health care provider.
- Avoid stockings or girdles with elastic bands.
- You may use support hose.
- Put them on while lying down.
- Take short rests with legs raised.
- Raise your legs when you sit down.
Shooting Pains Down Legs
- Change positions.
- If you are sitting - stand up.
- If you are standing - sit down.
Lower Leg Cramps
- Elevate leg often during the day.
- Point toes upward and press down on kneecaps.
- Use a heating pad set on low or hot water bottle for relief.
- Do not use over-the-counter medicine.
- Check with your health care provider.
- Do not eat just before going to bed.
- Drinking milk may help.
- Try a warm bath before you go to bed.
- Practice exercises that help you relax.
- Listen to relaxing music.
Feel Faint when Lying on Back
- Lie on your left side.
Feet and Hands Swell
- Lie on your left side for 30 minutes.
- Do this 3-4 times a day.
- Exercise often.
- Drink more fluids.
- Eat three servings of protein each day.
- If you wake up in the morning with swelling, tell your health care provider.
- Use a soft toothbrush and brush gently.
- Drink more orange juice and eat more foods high in Vitamin C.
- Floss regularly.
- See your Dentist if problems continue.
- Change your position and your activity.
- Drink a glass of water.
- If it is a true labor, it will not stop.
- True labor contractions will become more regular and closer together.
- If contractions continue, call your health care provider immediately.
Tell your health care provider what problems/complaints you have been having and what you have done to provide relief.If at any time these methods don't work, call your health care provider.