Ask Homefront #2

(Q) What can I do to ease my nausea?

(A) There are many tips to ease nausea, experiment and do what works best for you. Snack frequently – lot of pregnant women keep saltines on hand, 24/7. Drink lots of water. Avoid fatty foods and caffeine. Drink peppermint & ginger tea, lemonade, ginger ale. Suck on hard candies. Accupressure bracelets can be purchased at most drug stores. Ask your healthcare provider about taking Vitamin B6.

(Q) Is it true that pregnant women shouldn’t clean the cat’s litterbox?

(A) Yes. Cat feces can contain the bacteria Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause Taxoplasmosis. It can also be found in soil where cats may defecate, such as a garden.

(Q) Is it safe to clean my house while pregnant?

(A) Yes. Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area to avoid excess fumes. Always wear gloves (even when you’re not pregnant) to avoid any chemicals being absorbed into the bloodstream. Seek out natural based cleaning products to ensure safety.

(Q)How much weight should I gain when pregnant

(A) Weight gain varies. If your pre-pregnancy weight is normal, you should ideally gain 25 – 35 pounds. If you’re under-weight, you should gain 25 – 40 pounds. If you are overweight, you should only gain 15 – 25 pounds.

(Q)Is it safe to travel?

(A) According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel while pregnant is during the second trimester. This is the time she is least likely to experience a miscarriage or premature labor. Traveling is considered safe up until 35 weeks, after that many doctors will not recommend it. If you are traveling by air, check with your airline to make sure they will allow you to fly. Some airlines will not allow women who are 35 weeks and beyond to fly. Metal detectors at the airport will not harm your baby.

(Q)I would like to decorate my baby’s room, is it safe for me to paint?

(A) It is recommended that you let someone else do the painting while pregnant.

(Q)Why am I feeling so tired?

(A)Being pregnant puts a strain on your body. Changing hormonal levels are the main culprit that give you that run-down feeling. Tiredness usually eases with the passing of the first trimester. To help relieve that tired feeling, listen to your body. Go to bed earlier and try to get nine to ten hours of sleep. If you can, take a nap during the day. Eat right.

(Q)What over the counter (OTC) medicines are OK?

(A) ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS seek the advice of your healthcare provider before taking any OTC products.

(Q) Is it normal for me to have headaches?

(A) Yes. It is quite common to suffer frequent headaches while pregnant, especially during the first trimester. Although the exact cause is undetermined, it is believed that hormonal changes are the main cause. Ask your healthcare provider what you can take to relieve your headache.

All information was obtained from The information contained herein is of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. ALWAYS seek the advice of your healthcare provider to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy

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