Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Normal Complaints and Problems During Pregnancy


  • 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.
Tender Breasts
  • wear a good supportive bra, it may help to wear it to bed.
Leaking Breasts
  • wear nursing pads or tissues in your bra.
Frequent Urination
  • 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.
Low Backache
  • 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.
Vaginal Discharge
  • 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.
Varicose Veins
  • 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.
Increased Secretions
  • Do not use over-the-counter medicine.
  • Check with your health care provider.
Trouble Sleeping
  • 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.
Bleeding Gums
  • 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.
False Labor
  • 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.

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