High blood pressure during pregnancy is known as Preeclampsia. It can cause problems for you and your unborn baby. High blood pressure can result in a low birth weight baby, premature delivery of the baby, or other more serious problems. If you have high blood pressure, you may not feel sick, so your healthcare provider will let you know if you have high blood pressure. Please reference the following download to learn about the signs and treatment of preeclampsia.
Whooping Cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to help prevent whooping cough is to get vaccinated. It is encouraged that parents help protect infants by keeping them away from anyone who has cold symptoms or is coughing. Whooping cough can cause serious and even life-threatening complications in infants and young children, especially those who are not fully vaccinated.
Nausea & Vomiting
If you are experiencing nausea and vomiting, know that you are not alone. In fact, 70-85% of women experience some nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Nearly all nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is limited to the early part of pregnancy and resolves by 17 weeks. Women who experience these unpleasant symptoms actually have statistically lower rates of miscarriage and usually go on to gain just as much weight and have just as healthy babies as their non-vomiting pregnant comrades.
Here are a variety of survival tips and complementary therapies to help with your upset stomach.
- Ask for and accept help from your partner, family, and friends. Emotional support is very important. Help with practical things like shopping for groceries, cooking, and emptying the garbage can help you to avoid smells and foods that have suddenly become offensive.
- Eat frequent, small meals and avoid an empty or very full stomach.
- Eat carbohydrate, low-fat foods (some people do better with high protein, low fat). Some people benefit from following their cravings.
- Eat a bland, dry diet — for example: pretzels, crackers, or rice.
- Drink frequent, small amounts of cold, clear, carbonated or sour liquids and drink between meals rather than with meals.
- Avoid offensive odors and foods.
- Get a lot of rest. Lie down if you are tired.
- Change position slowly, especially when rising.
- Go outside for fresh air as needed.
- Avoid iron preparations. This may mean changing your vitamins. You can discuss this with a nurse at the office or with a provider.
- Avoid brushing teeth right after eating, which may stimulate NVP.
- Some people are helped by Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 50 mg daily.
- Unasom (Doxylamine) 12.5 mg, three or four times daily can be helpful. This is an over the counter sleep aid, so it will cause drowsiness as well.
- Ginger, mint, and orange can provide relief.
- “Fireballs” sucked only until the red part is gone may help ptyalism (aversion to the taste of one’s own saliva).
- Stimulation of the PS (Neiguan) point manually or with Sea Bands or the Relief Band.
- Acupuncture. We can recommend several local therapists to women desiring this service.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE PERSISTENT VOMITING AND BECOME DEHYDRATED YOU NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE AND MUST CONTACT THE OFFICE.
It can be hard to know what types of things are safe to expose to your unborn baby. Is there a safe amount of alcohol to have? Is painting your baby’s nursery going to expose it to harmful chemicals? Know the facts so you can have a worry-free pregnancy.