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What are some common ailments and discomforts experienced during pregnancy?

Diarrhea

If this occurs, increase your fluids to at least 6 to 8 glasses a day. Avoid milk or milk products until the diarrhea has resolved. Follow a diet of Bananas, Rice, Tea, or Toast. If you obtain no relief in 24 hours of this diet, check with your family physician.

Constipation

The best way to combat constipation is through prevention. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquids a day. Include fruit juices (apple juices are especially helpful). Increase the fiber in your diet. Exercise daily (walking is good).

Nausea (Morning Sickness)

Try keeping something in your stomach – eat small, frequent meals (5 or 6 a day). If nausea is a problem when you get up in the morning, try a high protein snack before bed. Avoid unpleasant odors. Avoid dehydration as this can increase your nausea.

Edema

Some edema, or swelling, is normal during pregnancy. Generally it appears in the ankles and legs during the final months. Elevate your legs whenever possible. Rest on your left side. Reduce your intake of foods containing salt. Drinking adequate water is the best way to get rid of excess swelling, so drink 8 to 10 glasses a day.

Bleeding

Spotting of blood may occur in 40% of all normal pregnancies during the first trimester. If you are spotting, begin best rest and call the office. Avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and sexual intercourse for 48 hours after the last episode of spotting.

Is It Safe to Travel?

Travel by any mode of transportation is considered safe up to the seventh month of pregnancy. If traveling by car, it is advisable to stop every 1 to 2 hours to stretch and move your legs. Eat healthy snacks and take along lots of water to drink in the car. Always use seat belts, with the lap belt low on the abdomen. After the seventh month, check with your physician before traveling.

Can I Have Intercourse?

Intercourse can be a normal activity during pregnancy, unless there is a specific problem with the pregnancy, such as bleeding, or preterm contractions, sexual intercourse is safe during pregnancy. It may be necessary to experiment with position and depth of penetration to avoid discomfort. If intercourse is painful or causes bleeding or prolonged contractions (it is normal to have some contractions following intercourse), please talk with your physician.

Should I Exercise?

Regular exercise is important during pregnancy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Walking, swimming, bicycle riding, and prenatal exercise classes are all recommended. You may continue normal sports activity, although it is not the time to take up a new sport. It is recommended to keep the heart rate under 140 (take your pulse for 6 seconds, multiply by 10). Do not exercise lying flat on your back after 16 weeks of pregnancy.

How should my diet change now that I am pregnant?

Even before pregnancy begins, nutrition is a primary factor in the health of mother and baby. If you are eating a well-balanced diet before you become pregnant, you will only need to make a few changes to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. Pregnant women should increase their usual servings of a variety of foods from the four basic food groups to include the following:
Four or more servings of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals
Four or more servings of whole-grain or enriched bread and cereal for energy Four or more servings of milk and milk products for calcium
Three or more servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, dried beans and peas for protein Eating a well-balanced diet while you are pregnant will help to keep you and your baby healthy. Most physicians agree that the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs), except those for iron, can be obtained through a proper diet.

Is iron supplements compulsory during Pregnancy?

Iron is needed in larger doses, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. This mineral is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells. It is difficult for a woman to consume enough of it from foods to maintain an adequate supply from the mother, often leaving her anemic and exhausted. Anemia can make the mother less able to fight off infections and unable to handle hemorrhaging during the birth. An iron supplement can alleviate this condition, but first discuss whether you need additional iron with your doctor.

Why do pregnant women crave certain foods?

The “pickles and ice cream” choices and other appetite cravings of pregnant women may be reflections of the changes in nutritional needs. The fetus needs nourishment and the mother’s body begins to absorb and metabolize nutrients differently. These changes help ensure normal development of the baby and fill the demands of lactation (nursing) after the baby is born.

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