Caused by increased weight, postural changes, and pressure from a growing pregnancy.
Caused by increasing uterine pressure, venous dilatation, constipation, and heavy lifting
Common in late pregnancy
May increase with dehydration.
Caused by dry nasal passages and worsened by vascular changes in pregnancy
Most common in late pregnancy and in hot weather and in women who are on their feet throughout the day.
Caused by increased pressure from pregnancy and increased venous dilatation.
Very common in pregnancy. Symptoms include white clumpy vaginal discharge, itching, and burning.
Caused by sluggish bowels
Below are recommendations for diarrhea caused by stomach viruses:
Caused by hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy that slow down the digestive track
Nausea and vomiting are very common. This usually occurs in the first 12 weeks, but can last longer. Your baby will be fine, even if you cannot eat very much during this time. The goal is to prevent dehydration.
There isn’t a specific time when pregnancy food cravings start. It’s different for every woman – and you may not necessarily have any cravings.
If you do start having cravings, it’ll probably be in your first trimester (it could be as early as 5 weeks into pregnancy). They’ll get stronger in your second trimester, and then eventually stop in your third trimester.
Cravings come in all shapes and sizes. Some women crave fatty foods like chips. Others get pregnancy cravings for things they didn’t like before they got pregnant, or strange combinations of food such as mars bars with bacon.
Try to eat as healthily as possible – keep those unhealthy temptations to a minimum!
If you find yourself craving things that aren’t food, like toothpaste, coal or even soil, speak to your midwife or doctor, as this may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
Remember that water is the best expectorant.
Caused by hormonal changes, dehydration, congestion, and allergies.
These problems can be worse in pregnancy and can result in increased mucous secretions, dry mucosal membranes and increased symptoms in which case, antibiotics don’t help.
You can have your teeth cleaned, have fillings, have teeth pulled, and have x-rays if they shield your abdomen. They can use local numbing medicine and certain antibiotics. Make sure you tell your dentist you are pregnant and let us know if he or she would like a note from us. It is actually better for your pregnancy if you maintain good dentition during pregnancy.
The American College of Ob/Gyn makes the following suggestions during pregnancy::
You may continue the same exercise program you had before pregnancy unless we have recommended otherwise.
Weight gain in pregnancy varies from person to person. It also depends on your weight before you become pregnant.
Most pregnant women gain between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 26lb), putting on most of the weight after week 20. Much of the extra weight is due to your baby growing, but your body will also be storing fat, ready to make breast milk after your baby is born.
Putting on too much or too little weight while you’re pregnant can lead to health problems for you or your unborn baby. But don’t worry, it’s easy to make healthy food choices. Find out what to eat when pregnant and what foods to avoid.
It’s ok and very natural to feel anxious or have concerns about your first prenatal visit. Your first prenatal visit at Laurel OBGYN will be longer and more involved than other visits. It will include:
Our goal of this visit is to assess your health and provide support and guidance on what to expect in the coming months. We also share resources and helpful information to help you in your first trimester.
As we are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, we are administering the safest practices and policies in our health clinic. Each team member is working diligently to ensure our patients and staff are at the lowest risk possible.
Even though you probably will not have a pelvic exam, you should know what one is. Another test that you will have later (at age 21 years) is a Pap test. This test checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer.
The pelvic exam has three parts:
The doctor will use a speculum to look at your vagina and cervix. When you have a Pap test, a sample of cells is taken from your cervix with a small brush.
To check your internal organs, the doctor will place one or two gloved, lubricated fingers into the vagina and up to the cervix. The other hand will press on the abdomen from the outside.
Making good lifestyle choices can help you to be strong and healthy for years to come:
During the general exam, your height, weight, and blood pressure will be checked. You also will be examined for any health problems you may have.
You’ll get most of the vitamins and minerals you need by eating a healthy, varied diet. But when you’re pregnant (and while you are trying to get pregnant) you also need to take a folic acid supplement. It’s also recommended you take a daily vitamin D supplement – especially in the winter months (October to March) when you don’t get enough from the sunlight.
Along with the vitamins you should take, there are also some to watch out for and avoid. You should avoid supplements and multivitamins containing vitamin A (retinol) – as too much of it can harm your baby’s development. You should also avoid liver and liver products (including fish liver oil), as they are high in vitamin A.
Find out more about vitamins and supplements in pregnancy.