what hurts?

If you don't see your concern in the following list of the more common complaints during pregnancy; or, you have followed these suggestions and still need more information, please let us know.

abnormal pap smears

Colposcopy procedures are performed.       

backache or sciatica of pregnancy

Pain in your lower back is common during pregnancy. This is caused by the shift in posture to accommodate the extra weight in front. Try not to stand in one position for extended periods of time. If you should have a backache or sciatica, try these;

  • Bed rest with a small pillow beneath your head and under knees.
  • Avoid laying flat on your back, tilt to one side.
  • Use heating pad on low back only.
  • Take Tylenol as needed as directed on container.
  • Wear shoes with low heels to promote a healthy posture (avoid high heels).
  • Yoga exercises
  • Pelvic rock exercises (practiced easily on "all fours" and initially involves hollowing the back and then arching it upward like a cat; do this for several minutes 2-4 times per day).
  • If sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your legs.

bleeding gums

  • Use a soft toothbrush and brush gently.
  • Drink orange juice.
  • Eat foods high in Vitamin C.

common cold

  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Rest or sleep as much as possible.
  • Use a vaporizer or humidifier at your bedside.
  • Try over the counter medications on the list provided.
  • Call the office with a temperature of 101 or higher.

constipation

  • Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Eating foods high in fiber such as fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and dried fruits. Choose a breakfast cereal that has at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. These foods help soften the stool and promote natural bowel activity.
  • Eat prunes or figs, or drink prune juice. These fruits contain a natural laxative.
  • Exercise, even walking, will help relieve constipation.
  • Drink eight to ten 8 ounce glasses of water every day.

breast tenderness

Breast tenderness is most pronounced during the first three months of pregnancy. The breasts enlarge in size and can be quite tender. Wearing a good support bra may help you feel more comfortable.

dizziness

  • Can be caused by a sudden change in position or low blood sugar.
  • If you are experiencing dizziness, make sure to take your time when moving from one position to another.
  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Eat well and frequently. Women who are prone to low blood sugar should carry snacks at all times. Juices and fruits are good choices.

false labor

  • Change your position or activity.
  • Drink two eight ounce glasses of water, take two Extra Strength Tylenol, and then lie down on your left side for an hour.
  • Monitor your contractions for one hour. Check the minutes from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next - this is how often they are occurring. Also monitor how long they are lasting by timing from when you first feel it to when it is gone.
  • If you have six or more contractions in one hour after hydrating and lying down for an hour, call and let us know how many and for how long.
  • If you have any spotting or leaking of fluid from your vagina, call and let us know.

fatigue

  • This is very common in the first and last trimester of pregnancy.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • Try to exercise daily.
  • Try to lie down once a day for even a quick nap.
  • Make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep at night.
  • A massage, warm bath, or hot drink before bed often helps you relax and get ready to sleep.

frequent urination

Frequent urination is another symptom of pregnancy. Do not restrict fluid intake in an effort to decrease the frequency of urination. As long as you do not experience burning or pain with urination, increased frequency is normal and will go away with time.

hay fever and sinus congestion

  • Use a vaporizer or humidifier at your bedside.
  • Saline nose drops may be used every 2-4 hours as needed.
  • Use over the counter medications on the list provided.

hemorrhoids

  • To help avoid hemorrhoids, prevent constipation by maintaining a diet that is high in fiber and fluids.
  • Try putting witch hazel or Tucks pads in the refrigerator, then moisten a cloth with cold witch hazel and apply to the rectal area.
  • Use cushions made for hemorrhoid sufferers, often called "donut" pillows because they have a hole in the center.
  • Avoid over the counter laxatives. If hard stools are aggravating hemorrhoids, stool softeners can be used.

insomnia (trouble sleeping)

  • Do not eat just before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine before bed. (examples: coffee, tea, soda, chocolate)
  • Try a glass of warm milk.
  • Practice relaxation methods.
  • Try over the counter medication on list provided.

lower leg cramps

  • Cramps in your calf or thigh occur most frequently at night. One remedy may be to increase your calcium intake. Ask your provider about a calcium supplement.
  • While in bed, stretch with your heels pointed, not your toes. This will help relieve a cramp.

swelling of feet and hands

  • Slight swelling of the hands and feet are common in the later stages of pregnancy. Improve the circulation in your legs and feet by elevating them as often as possible.
  • Adequate fluid intake is important.
  • Decrease salt intake. Avoid canned soups/veggies - switch to fresh or frozen instead of canned.
  • Improve the circulation in your legs and feet by elevating them as often as possible.
  • Watermelon, citrus, and cantaloupe are good natural diuretics that can help rid the body of excess fluids.

uncomplicated diarrhea...

(Diarrhea lasting < 72 hours with no evidence of blood)

  • Maintain a diet of clear liquids (i.e. broth, soda, any liquid which light can pass thru) for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, gradually resume your normal diet.
  • Use over the counter medications noted on list provided

vaginal discharge

  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Use soaps without perfume.
  • Avoid vaginal sprays, powders, or douching.
  • Wear cotton panties (white only)
  • If you experience itching or odor, let us know.

varicose veins

  • Avoid crossing legs as much as possible.
  • Try wearing support hose.(Avoid wearing knee high stockings)
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time. (Walk around 5-10 minutes every 2 hours)
  • Raise or elevate legs when sitting.