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Pregnancy is the time between conception and childbirth in which a fetus grows and matures for forty weeks (approximately 9 months) inside the womb until it is ready to be born. There are many problems and concerns than can occur during a pregnancy. Many, like stretch marks and gas, are merely annoying. Others, such as miscarriage, are quite serious.
Most of the problems that occur during pregnancy are the result of hormonal changes within the body, nutritional deficiencies, or the shift in weight distribution caused by sudden weight gain. This page addresses some of the most common pregnancy-related problems and offers natural remedies as well as helpful hints and suggestions for maintaining maximum health during pregnancy. For a healthy pregnancy and birth, it is necessary to consult and work with your midwife or health care practitioner.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT PREGNANCY-RELATED PROBLEMS
Ankle Pains & Strains Alcohol Backache Balance Changes During Pregnancy & Postpartum Bathing Bleeding Gums Balance Disturbances Breasts & Skin Discoloration Caffeine Clothing & Shoes Constipation Dizziness Douching Edema - Swelling of Hands & Feet Emotions & Moods Employment & Working During Pregnancy Exercise Feet Care During Pregnancy Gas (Flatulence) Groin Spasm, Stitch or Pressure Heartburn Hemorrhoids Insecticides Insomnia Knee Pain & Discomforts Leg Cramps Medications
Miscarriage (Spontaneous Abortion) Mood Changes (Mood Swings) Morning Sickness Neck Pain & Forward Head Syndrome Nose Bleeds & Nasal Congestion Paints & Painting Supplies Pelvis, Pubic Bone, Tailbone Pain & Instability Personal Care Products, Cosmetics & Hair Care Rest Periods Sciatica Seat Belt Use Sexual Intercourse Shoulder Pain Skin Problems Smoking & Tobacco Use Soreness of the Rib Area Stretch Marks Sweating Tests - Prenatal Diagnostics Travel Urination, Frequent Varicose Veins Video Display Terminals (Computers) Wrist Pain & Carpal Tunnel Additional Notes Nutritional Health In Pregnancy Recommended Herbs & Supplement Products
ANKLE PAINS & STRAINS
A history of ankle sprain, muscle and tendon strain, or tendonitis of the Achilles tendon put you at higher risk for re-injury during your pregnancy and postpartum period. Ankle sprains most often occur when walking down stairs, stepping off sidewalks, or during abrupt changes of direction. For women with a history of sprains and strains, hiking or jogging on hard or uneven surfaces during the last half of pregnancy is not advisable.
PREGNANCY SAFETY TIPS FOR PREVENTING TRIPS, FALLS, SPRAINS & STRAINS
When using stairs, avoid carrying loads that obstruct your view, such as large loads of laundry or stacks of packages. Step down from stairs and curbs with greater caution than you did before your pregnancy. Use handrails to compensate for the shift in your center of gravity. Practice simple balance exercises throughout your pregnancy to maintain ankle motor-control and adjust to center of gravity shifts. Using Night Lights in hallways and bathrooms can also help prevent trip and fall accidents. Enlist your family and household members in a campaign to keep the floor and stairs clear of obstacles or spills that might trip you or cause slip and fall accidents, explaining that pregnant women are more likely to get injured if they should slip and fall. Do not wear high heel shoes, platform shoes, or any other style of shoe that can throw off your balance during pregnancy. These can increase your risk of sprains, fractures and falling while walking. Wear low-heeled sensible shoes.
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Do not drink alcoholic beverages. It is a known fact that alcohol in excess can cause damage to your unborn child. As time goes by, more and more drugs are found to exert harmful effects on the fetus during pregnancy. Remember that alcohol is a drug and that any product that contains alcohol is a drug.
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Backache is common in pregnancy is often rooted in poor posture. The increase in body weight, the muscle-relaxing effects of the hormone progesterone, and the shift in the center of gravity contribute to the problem.
Lower Back Support Garments: Habitual Use May Cause More Harm than Good - Avoid over-relying on lower back and belly-support garments during pregnancy. Wearing a support garment on a daily basis inhibits the deep abdominal muscles and deep spinal muscles from doing the work intended for them, i.e., supporting your spine. When not worked, muscles will in fact weaken and atrophy-exactly what you don not want to happen.
Maintaining Strength Remains Superior to Support Garment Use - In order to support your spine and the growing weight of your baby, build and keep your internal girdle strong and supportive, rather than wearing a support garment. If by the end of the day, you find that you no longer have the stamina to support your lower back, then by all means, use a support garment to ease symptoms for short periods of time. If you do decide to use a back-support device, put it on while you are lying on the floor, with your pelvis and spine in the neutral position. Putting on any type of support garment on while standing with your pelvis and spine misaligned will not help your back.
EXERCISES FOR RELIEVING BACK PAIN
The "Cat Stretch" can be done either on all fours, or standing with your hands on your knees. It is a great way to lengthen lower-back muscles. This can be practiced daily or whenever needed. Get on your hands and knees on a firm surface; inhale, let your head hang down and arch your back up like a cat. Exhale, lift your head all the way up and let your spine return to parallel with the floor. Continue flexing the spine up and down while breathing rhythmically. This exercise can also be done in a standing position.
THE CAT STRETCH EXERCISE
Get into the all fours position on the floor. You may find you need to put a thick blanket or a duvet down onto the floor to give some padding for your knees and hands. Make sure that your back is flat - women have a tendency to hollow the lower back, which tends to overstrain it. You may need to get your partner or a friend to check this, or check in a mirror. Make yourself as comfortable as you can - when you first begin to do this exercise you may find that you do not feel all that comfortable. Do not worry - your body will get used to it with practice. Close your eyes and begin to follow the movement of your breath as you breathe out and in. Slow your breathing down by breathing OUT a little more slowly with each out breath until you feel you are breathing deeply into your abdomen. As you breathe out become more aware of your baby (you may want to combine this exercise with the "baby breathing" exercise) - you may be aware of your baby moving. It is this all fours position, which shifts the baby's back so it is around the front of your body. After a while of resting, begin to explore what kind of movements you feel like doing - you may want to begin to crawl around the room. Crawling can help ease backaches. You may want to stay on the spot and rock forwards and backwards. You may want to circle your hips.
After a while, begin to move into what is called the CAT STRETCH. As you can imagine, this movement is rather like a cat arching its back. Begin by checking your back is flat and that your neck is in line with your spine. Focus your attention on breathing out deeply and as you do so, begin to drop your head so that your neck begins to extend. Push down into your hands and begin to lift and arch the whole spine from the neck down as you continue breathing out. At the end of the out breath you should be in the full stretch - like a cat arching its back, You may be aware of your abdominal muscles working. You may be aware of your baby being tilted away from your back. As you breathe in, flatten the spine from the base of the spine working up to the neck so that you end up in the flat back position. As you breathe out again, go into the arching movement, breathing in go into the flattening movement. And so on for as long as you want. Try to do this movement at least 5 times - but you can do it more if you feel comfortable.
This exercise is also useful for getting your baby into an anterior position to prepare for birth. Doing the following exercise for at least 5 to 10 minutes every day of your pregnancy, will not only help your baby settle in the anterior position, but also help tone your abdominal muscles and alleviate many types of lower backache. While it is never too late to start doing this exercise - it can even be helpful in labor - it is never too early to begin. If you start doing this -early on, it becomes part of your daily routine, it becomes very comfortable and you are encouraging your baby to settle in the anterior position.
After you have done the cat stretch exercise, ease forward onto your forearms, let your head rest on your arms and let your bottom be up in the air. This is known as the knee to chest position. Make sure that your lower back is not hollowing. Breathe out and rest being aware of your breathing and of your baby.
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Lying down with your lower legs resting on an ottoman or soft chair seat, or with both knees pulled up to the chest is also effective in relieving pain. Hold the position for a slow count of 20. Then return your feet to the floor and relax. You can also perform the stretch with one leg at a time. During pregnancy, watch for signs of dizziness in this position.
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To minimize back pain during pregnancy, do not stay in one position for a long period of time.
Pay special attention to your posture. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your back as straight as possible at all times. Use chairs that provide good back support in your home, at work and in your car. Avoid overuse of bucket seats in cars. They are known to cause problems with malpositioning of the baby during late pregnancy (posterior presentation - face up instead of face down) and promote "slouching". Use a back support if you have bucket seats in your car. Do not slouch on your couch, loveseat or other household chair.
Include two to three minutes of gentle stretching exercises in your daily routine. Do not do any forward-bending or strongly upward-stretching exercises. These can pull muscles and ligaments and cause a great deal of discomfort.
Do not wear high heeled shoes. High heels throw your center of balance off and puts more strain on your back.
When your back hurts, try soaking a small towel in Apple Cider Vinegar. Squeeze off any excess and lie down on your side. Spread the towel directly across your back. Relax this way for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Visit your chiropractor often for an adjustment. Visit a massage therapist and have a massage. This is great for relaxation and tension that builds up in your back muscles. Make sure you find a practitioner that is familiar with pregnancy issues.
Sleep on a firm supportive mattress at night. Use pillows to support your abdomen, back and legs while sleeping.
Lift heavy objects using your knees and not your back.
Heat applied to your back is relaxing. A warm bath, a hot shower, a hydroculator, a hot water bottle, a towel dipped in hot water or wet and warmed in the microwave, a rice filled sock heated in the microwave are all helpful and will provide temporary relief for most backaches.
Tiger Balm, Olbas, Zheng Gu Shui, Wintergreen oil and other homemade or purchased herbal liniments and rubs can penetrate into deep muscle tissue and relieve tension and pain. They work best if followed by moist heat.
St. John's Wort (also known as St. Joan's Wort) is highly effective in relieving backaches. The tincture is a specific for muscle spasms. Use 15 to 25 drops in a glass of water every few hours as needed. For severe cases, add 3 to 5 drops of Skullcap tincture. The infused oil of St. John's Wort has the unique ability to enter nerve endings, relieving pain and easing any nervous system irritation.
Wheat Grass juice (alone or in combination with other Greens) is highly recommended for all ills, including backaches. The bright green juice contains plentiful nutrients needed to strengthen muscles, ease the nerves, and keep the spine flexible. To prepare the juice: soak wheat berries overnight, drain off the water, and spread the wheat one berry deep onto an inch thick layer of dirt on a cookie sheet with edges. Water the whole thing several times a day. Harvest the green shoots by cutting them when they are several inches high. Use a special wheatgrass juicer to extract the most juice, or blend the shoots with water in your blender, then strain and drink the liquid.
Nettle infusion is excellent for toning and aiding kidneys (that may be causing back pain).
Comfrey infusion provides every vitamin and mineral necessary to prevent backaches. It is also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of protein, needed in plentiful supply for strong abdominal muscles and healthy babies.
Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B-Complex, all are needed when backache is a problem. Eat nutritious foods and take natural supplements of these when flair-ups occur. Consider taking a whole foods Prenatal Multi-Supplement daily during pregnancy and lactation.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR BACKACHE PROBLEMS
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose. If you are pregnant, consult your health care provider or midwife before taking any dietary or herbal supplement to make sure it is safe and appropriate for use during pregnancy and to recommend appropriate dosages (requirements may change for some supplements during pregnancy).
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
Take daily every other week, as directed on label. Helps to alleviate pain. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU. Calcium 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Needed for strong bones. To assure absorption, use a mixture of 3 different forms: calcium carbonate, calcium chelate, and calcium asporotate. Magnesium 750 to 1,000 mg daily. Works with calcium. Use magnesium chelate form, if available. Vitamin D 400 IU daily. Aids in absorption of calcium and magnesium. Multivitamin & Multimineral Complex As directed on label. To supply a balance of nutrients important in formationa nd metabolism of bone and connective tissue and needed for healing.
The vitamins and minerals in iron free Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral supplements play many important roles in the body: antioxidants to protect fats, cells and DNA, coenzyme precursors for energy production and metabolism, and cofactors for hormones and enzymes which regulate body processes.
Multimineral Supplement Products Multivitamin Supplement Products Prenatal Multinutrient Supplement Products Vitamin A 15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for tissue repair and immunity. Plus
15,000 IU daily. An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed for tissue repair and healing. Vitamin E 400 to 600 IU daily. To supply a balance of nutrients important in formation and metabolism of bone and connective tissue. Needed for healing. Silica
3 times daily, as directed on label. Supplies Silicon, which improves calcium uptake. Vitamin B-12 2,000 mg daily. Aids in absorption of calcium and digestion. Use a lozenge or sublingual form, if available. Injections are given only by a health care provider. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Required for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Promotes a healthy immune system. Plus Copper 3 mg daily. Works in balance with Zinc and Vitamin C to form elastin. Needed for healthy nerves. Boron 3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Improves calcium uptake. Take Boron only until healed, unless you are over age 50. Glucosamine
As directed on label. Studies have shown these are important components of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue. Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Essential in bone and tissue repair. L-Proline 500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Heals cartilage and strengthens muscles and tissues. Manganese 2 to 5 mg daily. Take separately from calcium. Aids in healthy cartilage and tissue in the neck and back. Use manganese gluconate form. Methylsulfonylmethane
As directed on label. Aids with inflammation. S-Adenosylmethionine
As directed on label. Methionine derivative. Eases arthritic pain. Caution: Do not use if you have panic depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Essential Fatty Acids
As directed on label. Take with meals. Needed for repair and flexibility of muscles. Multi-Enzyme Complex
As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion and relieve muscle tension and inflammation. Vitamin B-Complex As directed on label 3 times daily, with meals. Needed for repair and to relieve stress in the back muscles. Use a high-stress formula high in Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin B-12. Vitamin C
3,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. A powerful free radical scavenger. Essential for fromation of collagen, which holds the tissues together. Needed for repair of tisses. Relieves tension in the back area.
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BALANCE CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM
Several physiological responses to pregnancy diminish your body's ability to maintain adequate balance, and place you at higher risk for injury and falls. During the latter part of pregnancy and the postpartum period, ligament laxity creates dynamic instability in joints. The body's center of gravity is in a state of flux during pregnancy, slowly shifting up and forward as the uterus and baby grows. Because the body has no prior neuromuscular experience of it's new and evolving center point, it is inherently less coordinated and less adept at remaining in balance and/or righting itself as necessary. And lastly, because the area surrounding your center of gravity is larger and heavier, you will need to exert more effort to move efficiently.
EXTRA CAUTION: Because balance is compromised during pregnancy and through about six months postpartum (until the ligaments have returned to their former length), you should avoid all activities that increase the risk of falling, such as using a ladder, or hiking on steep or uneven terrain. Most trip-and-fall injuries occur when walking down stairs and stepping off curbs.
INJURY RISK CONDITIONS: You should be particularly careful and attentive if you have a history of ankle sprain or patella (knee) dislocation. These injuries put you at a significantly higher risk for falling in the last half of pregnancy and postpartum period. To maintain good neuromuscular control and help prevent injury, regularly include simple balance exercises in your workout routine during and after pregnancy.
SIMPLE BALANCE EXERCISE FOR PREGNANCY
1. Stand adjacent to a wall (wearing fitness shoes) with your left fingertips gently touching the surface of the wall.
2. Step forward onto your right foot, bringing your left foot to your right ankle.
3. Keep your fingertips lightly touching the wall until you have established good balance, then release contact.>
4. Stay balanced on your right foot for several seconds. If your ankle begins to wobble, bring your fingertips back onto the wall.>
5. Step backward onto your left foot, bringing your right foot to left ankle. Release contact with the wall.
6. Stay balanced on the left foot for several seconds. Bring your fingertips back to the wall if needed.
7. Turn around, place your right fingertips on the wall and repeat the entire sequence on the other side. (Step forward onto your left foot first.)
8. After this balance sequence becomes easy, perform the exercise with bare feet.
9. To increase the challenge, close your eyes while balancing.
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Proper hygiene is important during pregnancy to prevent infections. You can take tub baths or showers, whichever you prefer. Water generally does not enter the vagina during these activities, so chance of infection is minimal. Your balance may be more difficult to maintain toward the end of your pregnancy, so be careful while getting in and out of the bathtub and make sure it has a non-slip surface on the bottom. If necessary, visit your hardware or department store and obtain Bathtub Handle Hardware that can be attached to the wall for extra safety while getting in and out of the tub. These come in styles that are permanent or temporary (with suction-like or clamp attachments) and can be found in various sizes.
Do not take extremely hot baths or showers since the heat can cause problems with the fetus, especially as the pregnancy progresses. Instead have the water comfortably warm (about 99°F to 101°F).
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During pregnancy, increasing estrogen levels cause the gums to swell and become somewhat softer than normal, and the circulation of blood to them increases. This make the gums more prone to bleeding and infection, especially if good oral hygiene is not maintained.
SUGGESTIONS FOR BLEEDING GUMS
Be sure your diet contains enough Calcium and high quality, complete Proteins.
Increase your intake of foods rich in Vitamin C, as a deficiency in this vitamin can contribute to bleeding gums. Vitamin C is a powerful free radical scavenger. Essential for formation of collagen, which holds the tissues together. Needed for tissue repair and strong capillary walls. Works with immune system to fight infections. A deficiency can contribute to bleeding gums, brusing, bone malformations and low resistance to colds and flus.
If you smoke - Quit! Preferably before you get pregnant. Cigarette smoking reduces the oxygen supply to the developing fetus, and also drains the Vitamin C from the body.
Brush your teeth three to four times daily with a quality Toothpaste, remembering to rinse your mouth well with a quality Mouthwash, and massage your gums with clean fingers when necessary. Floss your teeth daily.
See your dentist either right before getting pregnant or once during pregnancy. DO NOT have x-rays taken.
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Your regular bowel habits may become disturbed during your pregnancy due to hormonal changes. The increasing level of progesterone in your system makes the bowels less efficient. The normal rhythmic contractions of the intestines slow down, and can result in constipation. These changes probably result from relaxation of the muscle cells in the bowel and pressure on the surface of the bowel wall from the expanding uterus containing the growing baby. Hemorrhoids appear more frequently.
Adding more Fiber in your diet and more liquids along with a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can help with bowel disturbances, constipation and hemorrhoid problems.
Do not use any commercial drugstore hemorrhoid medications. These contain local anesthetics and mercury which are absorbed through the skin and can be harmful to the fetus. Consider using pads soaked in Witch Hazel and place them against the hemorrhoid(s). Witch Hazel helps to ease the irritation and soothingly shrink the swelling.
Apply Lemon juice or Witch Hazel solution to a 4x4-inch gauze pad and place over hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and curb bleeding. This may sting.
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BREASTS & SKIN DISCOLORATION
Breasts enlarge during pregnancy because of hormonal changes. The nipple area becomes darker. This is natural. Other parts of the skin may become discolored - the neck, the face, and a line down the middle or lower part of the abdomen. These changes are temporary and normally disappear after delivery.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 70 percent of pregnant women develop blotchy areas of darkened skin, commonly called the mask of pregnancy (but officially known as chloasma or melasma). Women with darker complexions are more prone to this condition than women with lighter skin. The effects of chloasma may become more pronounced with each pregnancy. The splotches can show up around your upper lip, nose, cheekbones, and forehead, sometimes in the shape of a mask (think Lone Ranger). They may also appear on your cheeks or along your jawline. You may develop dark patches on your forearms and other parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. What's more, you may find that skin that is already more pigmented - such as your nipples, freckles, scars, and the skin around your genitals - becomes even darker during pregnancy. This also tends to happen in areas prone to friction, such as your underarms and inner thighs. These changes are caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, which stimulate a temporary increase in your body's production of melanin, the natural substance that gives color to hair, skin, and eyes. The areas of increased pigmentation will probably fade within a few months after delivery and your skin should return to its normal shade, although in some women the changes never completely disappear.
The dark line running down your belly is called the linea nigra. Before pregnancy, there was a line called the linea alba running from your belly button to your pubic bone. You probably didn't notice it, though, because it was the same color as the rest of your skin. The same increased production of melanin that causes facial splotches is responsible for darkening this line on your belly. It will probably fade back to its pre-pregnant color several months after you deliver your baby.
Skin pigmentation changes usually disappear on their own after delivery, but you can do a few things to safely minimize them in the meantime:
Eat foods that contain Folic Acid (you will also get folic acid in your Prenatal Supplement), since studies have shown that a folate deficiency can be related to hyperpigmentation. Good choices include green leafy vegetables, oranges, whole-wheat bread, and whole-grain cereal.
GENERAL FOLIC ACID / FOLATE INFORMATION
Folic Acid, also known as folate, is a B-vitamin (B-9) that can be found in some enriched foods and vitamin pills. If women have enough of it in their bodies before pregnancy, this vitamin can decrease the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects of the baby's brain (anencephaly) or spine (spina bifida).
FOLIC ACID TO FIGHT AGAINST BIRTH DEFECTS
Folic Acid in a vitamin supplement, when taken one month before conception and throughout the first trimester, has been proven to reduce the risk for an neural tube defect (NTD)-affected pregnancy by 50 to 70 percent. Folic acid is necessary for proper cell growth and development of the embryo. Although it is not known exactly how folic acid works to prevent NTDs, its role in tissue formation is essential. Folic acid is required for the production of DNA, which is necessary for the rapid cell growth needed to make fetal tissues and organs early in pregnancy. That is why it is important for a woman to have enough folic acid in her body both before and during pregnancy.
For many women, an easy way to be sure you are getting enough Folic Acid is to take a Prenatal Supplement with folic acid in it. The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women who could possibly become pregnant get 400 micrograms (mcg) (or 0.4 mg) of folic acid every day. Many health care practitioners recommend 800 mcg up to 400 mg of folic acid daily. This could prevent up to 70 percent of some types of serious birth defects. To do this, women need folic acid at least one month before they get pregnant. That is why you should always get enough folic acid every day even if you are not thinking about a baby any time soon. Folic acid has been added to some foods, such as enriched breads, pastas, rice, and cereals. A few cereals have 100 percent of the folic acid you need.
No one expects an unplanned pregnancy. But they happen every day. In fact, about half of all pregnancies are not planned. That is why you should get enough Folic Acid every day if there is any chance you could get pregnant. Because by the time you know you are pregnant, your baby's brain and spine are already formed.
Neural tube defects (NTDs) occur between the 17th and 30th day after conception (or 4 to 6 weeks after the first day of a woman's last menstrual period), the neural tube forms in the embryo (developing baby) and then closes. The neural tube later becomes the baby's spinal cord, spine, brain, and skull. A neural tube defect (NTD) occurs when the neural tube fails to close properly, leaving the developing brain or spinal cord exposed to the amniotic fluid. The two most common neural tube defects are anencephaly and spina bifida.
FOLIC ACID USAGE INFORMATION
Folic Acid has no known toxic level. If you were to eat a bowl of fully fortified cereal (400 micrograms), take a Folic Acid supplement (400 mcq), and eat fortified foods and foods rich in folate, women of reproductive age would not have a problem with too much folic acid. Even in very high amounts folic acid is non-toxic. Nevertheless, it is recommended that women consume no more than 1,000 micrograms of supplemental folic acid a day. Large amounts of folic acid may hide the ability to quickly diagnose a rare Vitamin B-12 deficiency, pernicious anemia. This condition primarily affects the elderly population and, in some cases, can lead to neurological damage. Today, health care providers can use a simple test to check for a B-12 deficiency. Folic Acid is often supplemented with Vitamin B-12 to insure this deficiency does not occur.
HEART & OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS TO TAKING FOLIC ACID
High levels of the amino acid homocysteine are independently associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. It has been shown that taking Folic Acid lowers homocysteine levels in both men and women, but it is not yet known whether folic acid supplementation also lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
There are some indications that Folic Acid use may also reduce the risk for other birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate and certain congenital heart defects. Folic Acid may also play a role in protecting against some forms of cancer and heart disease. More research is needed to understand the impact of folic acid in preventing those diseases and other birth defects.
Folic Acid helps prevent birth defects and supports pregnancy. Folic Acid is necessary precursor for the manufacture of genetic material like RNA and DNA. Folic Acid also assists in the growth and repair of tissues and in the conversion of fats and amino acids into other useful products in the body.
Prenatal Nutrient Supplements provide general nutrition, which is very important for fetal development and to support pregnancy.
FOOD SOURCES OF FOLIC ACID / FOLATE FOOD SOURCE Micrograms (mcg)
(per 100 g of food-3.5 oz)
Dark-Green Leafy Vegetables
120 to 160
40 to 100
Fruits (Particularly Citrus)
50 to 100
50 to 300
60 to 120
100 to 400
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SUN PROTECTION AGAINST UVA-UVB RAYS
Protect yourself from the sun: This is crucial because exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays intensifies pigment changes. Use a broad-spectrum Sunscreen / Sunblock (a formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with SPF 30 or higher every day, whether it is sunny or not, and reapply often during the course of the day if you are outside.
Vitamin D helps the body to regulate the transport of calcium from the digestive system through the bloodstream to bone. It also assists in the retention of calcium and phosphorus and is necessary for a healthy immune system. Most women in the northern regions are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is naturally made by sunlight interacting with the skin. If you need to avoid sunlight, you will need to consider a Vitamin D supplement to be added to your diet.
In fact, even if you do not plan to leave the house or spend much time outside, make applying sun protection part of your morning routine. The American Academy of Dermatology cautions that your skin is exposed to a significant amount of UV light when you do things like walk down the street, ride in a car, or even sit inside near a window. When you are outside, cover up and wear a hat with a brim, as well as a shirt with long sleeves if you have pigmentation changes on your arms. Limit the time you spend in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And definitely avoid tanning salons.
Use gentle cleansers and facial creams. Preparations that irritate your skin may make the problem worse. Apply a concealing makeup. (Do not use skin-bleaching products now. Wait to see if the pigmentation changes go away after you give birth.)
AFTER CHILDBIRTH SUN PROTECTION
After you have your baby, continue to protect your skin from the sun! Use Sunscreen, cover up, and stay out of the sun at midday. In most cases, the discolorations will slowly fade without any treatment. For a small number of women, however, contraceptives that contain estrogen (such as the Pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring) can contribute to chloasma. If the skin changes are bothersome, consider another birth control option. If your skin is still blotchy after a few months and it is bothering you, talk to your practitioner or a dermatologist about treatment options. She may suggest using a Skin Lightening or bleaching cream that contains hydroquinone (some of which also contain sunscreen), a topical medication that contains tretinoin (Retin-A), or a chemical peel such as glycolic acid. Of course, if you are breastfeeding or plan on becoming pregnant again soon, be sure to let your practitioners know and also check in before using any over-the-counter treatments. Do not expect instant results - it may take many months to see improvement. In rare cases, dermatologists can use laser treatments to remove the darkened skin, but that is not the first option. Whatever approach you take, it is crucial to continue protecting yourself from the sun during treatment and afterward.
Certain types of skin discoloration can be a symptom of skin cancer or other medical problems, so let your practitioner know if changes in skin pigmentation are ccompanied by pain, tenderness, redness, or bleeding, or if you notice any changes in the color, shape, or size of a mole. You may be referred to a dermatologist who can determine the cause of the changes and the appropriate treatment, if any.
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Consumption of caffeine in low to moderate amounts is not associated with significant risks during pregnancy. Heavy caffeine use can result in potential problems, such as low-birth-weight, caffeine withdrawal symptoms in the newborn and fetal loss. Heavy caffeine drinkers need to reduce or eliminate caffeine completely during pregnancy. Other sources of caffeine besides coffee to be alert to are teas, colas, chocolate and some non-prescription drugs. No caffeine is best, if at all possible. Substitute caffeine-free herbal teas, juices, carob and other products for caffeinated products.
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CLOTHING & SHOES
Maternity clothes are available in a wide range of prices and styles. In addition, some regular clothing with loose fit can be worn during and after a pregnancy. Outer clothing should be practical and non-constrictive. Because a pregnant woman may feel the cold less and perspire more, cotton and natural fibers may be more comfortable than synthetic fabrics. Borrow maternity clothing from a family member or a friend. Keeping up your appearance can help boost your spirits. Many second hand shops are located in most areas that may have used, but nice and inexpensive maternity wear. Check them out. If you know how to sew, obtain sewing patterns and create your own designs and adapt them to your own style. Large shirts and T-shirts and leggings are always an option.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR MATERNITY CLOTHING & SHOES
Wear maternity pantyhose or special support hose. Regular pantyhose may constrict blood flow. Wear well-fitting maternity bras that give good support to the breasts and the spine.
Shoes should be low or medium heeled and as comfortable as possible with nonskid soles. As a pregnant woman's belly grows, it will throw her center of balance off. This will make her more prone to falls and loss of balance as well as backaches. High heeled shoes will only make this problem worse. Swollen feet are common during pregnancy due to normal fluid retention. There may be extra fat in the feet if weight gain is excessive. The shoe size may increase, and sometimes becomes a permanent change.
Check out retailers that specialize in larger, fuller sizes with ample room for belly growth such as:
Lane Bryant Woman Within Roamans One Stop Plus Babies & Bellies Maternity Motherhood Maternity
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Hormonal changes during pregnancy have a relaxing effect on the muscles, including those of the digestive tract. The increasing level of progesterone in your system makes the bowels less efficient. The normal rhythmic contractions of the intestines slow down, and the result can be constipation.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CONSTIPATION
Eat fresh and dried fruit such as prunes, raisins, and figs.
Eat fresh vegetables and salads containing a variety of raw green and colored vegetables daily.
Increase the amount of Fiber in your diet. Whole grain breads, cereals, and bran are helpful. Begin by taking 2 teaspoons of Wheat Bran or Oat Bran in a glass of apple juice twice daily. The bran may cause some gas until your system is used to it, but after that you should not have any difficulty. Muesli is a good alternative to bran cereals and will work after a few days of using it.
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid, including water, each day. This is especially important during pregnancy to flush toxins from the system for you and your baby as well as for expanding blood volume.
Walk at least a mile a day, and set a regular time each day for bowel movement. This is very helpful for digestion and elimination.
Elevate your feet and legs during elimination to relax the anal muscles and prevent straining and hemorrhoids.
If all else fails, an enema, using body temperature water, may be used occasionally.
Do NOT take over-the-counter laxatives unless specifically recommended by your midwife or health care provider.
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During pregnancy, especially during the second trimester, blood pressure often drops as the expanding uterus presses on major blood vessels. this can cause dizziness.
Do not change positions quickly. Always go from lying down to sitting to standing slowly. Take your time and focus on what you are doing.
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Do not douche during pregnancy unless your midwife suggests it for medical reasons. It will require special care, considerations and instructions during pregnancy, which she will give to you. Do not attempt it on your own without instruction. You do not want to dislodge the mucus plug that forms during pregnancy closing off the uterus from the vagina and increase a chance of infection. For more information on douching (especially during pregnancy) see our link below.
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EDEMA (SWELLING OF THE HANDS & FEET)
The rise in estrogen in the body during your pregnancy increases the tendency to retain fluids. This can cause some swelling of the hands and feet and is considered normal.
Remove any rings or tight fitting jewelry that you wear on a regular basis. Do not wait, or the rings may need to be cut off. After the baby arrives, you can put your rings back on as the swelling will subside after delivery.
As soon as you notice your hands, feet, ankles or legs getting puffy or larger than usual, tell your midwife. Check for "pitting edema" - if you press your swollen body part with your fingers and it leaves an indent when you remove your fingers, consult with your midwife or health care provider. If you are seeing swelling in the face, also consult with your midwife or health care practitioner. While some swelling is acceptable, the condition should be evaluated for a symptom of Toxemia (also known as preeclampsia/eclampsia), a potentially serious complication of pregnancy.
Swelling may be more of a problem during hot weather. Try to stay in air-conditioned rooms, if possible, during summer months.
Swelling may be more pronounced in afternoon and evening and less in morning hours. Take more breaks as the day progresses.
Avoid excess salt. Some salt is needed for your expanding blood volume, but do not go overboard. Salt to taste. Do not eat highly processed foods which tend to contain high levels of "hidden salt" in them as a flavor enhancer (to give them flavor) and used as a food preservative. Maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet high in Protein is necessary. Protein can be obtained from either animal or plant sources. Do NOT take diuretics (water pills). Be sure your diet contains plenty of quality protein and you are drinking enough water. Follow a good Pregnancy Dietary Plan.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and properly fitting shoes. You may require a larger shoe size during pregnancy. Once the baby is born, your shoe size should return to normal. Do not wear tight fitting girdles or elastic in underwear or stockings.
Walk one mile each day. This helps to keep this condition under control.
Do not sit with a weight on your lap (like a small child) as this impedes circulation.
Do not sit or stand for long periods of time. Take breaks and change positions frequently. This is especially important during traveling in cars or by air. Lay down with your feet propped up on pillows (higher than your heart level) a few times daily to help with swelling in feet. Do not cross your legs while sitting.
Do not sit on a chair that cuts across the back of the legs for a long period of time. Put a small lift under your feet to prevent circulation disruption. Rest with your feet up periodically during the day. Raise them on a stool, pillows or ottoman to bring them up to about waist to chest height.
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EMOTIONS & MOODS
You may experience more emotional ups and downs than usual. This is quite normal during pregnancy. This emotional roller coaster ride is due to hormonal influences. Urge those close to you to understand and to be supportive. Use exercise, relaxation, meditation, diet, and herbal therapies to improve your energy and moods, but do not neglect emotional and spiritual work.
Some suggestions for feeling energetic and at peace:
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EMPLOYMENT & WORKING DURING PREGNANCY
You may safely continue working throughout your pregnancy for as long as you remain comfortable at your job and avoid severe physical strain.
JOB RELATED CONCERNS
Some types of jobs that involve physical exertion may need evaluation by your midwife or health care provider. There are no set of guidelines regarding work during pregnancy as expectant mothers have differences in levels of capability, pre-pregnancy conditioning, exercise tolerance and physique.
If you work around hazardous materials and/or chemicals. Carefully consider your situation and discuss it with your midwife or health care provider. If you choose to continue working, make sure you take extra precautions to prevent exposure to any hazardous substances.
If you work a potentially dangerous job exposing you to serious fall, accident or other type of danger. Again, discuss it with your midwife or health care provider and make choices from there.
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Continue to enjoy fitness and recreational activities as you did before pregnancy if your midwife has given the go ahead. Some activities may need to be moderated if they are physically strenuous. Pregnancy is not the time to try a new sport or physical activity. Exercise classes designed for pregnant women are helpful.
Avoid activities that may endanger the abdomen, or that involve jarring, bouncing, or twisting movements. Also avoid activities involving rapid starts and stops, because during pregnancy, the body's center of gravity changes, and it is easy to lose your balance. After the fourth month, do not exercise on your back, as this can interrupt the blood flow to the uterus and slow the fetal heart rate. Avoid activities such as horseback riding, skydiving, motorcycle-racing, fast or long distance running, water-skiing and others that carry undue risk.
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FEET CARE DURING PREGNANCY
Put Your Feet Before Your Sense of Style - The idea of "sensible shoes" may seem like an anathema for women who follow fashion trends, but pregnancy and postpartum-related foot pain can make even the most dedicated fashion conscious woman appreciate the value of supportive, good-fitting shoes. For the duration of your pregnancy, shoes with high heels and pointy toes are better left in your closet than on your feet.
Shoe Does Not Fit The Foot - At Least for Now - Shoe-fitting problems stem from added body weight in conjunction with ligament laxity and fluid retention. This combination of physical changes can stress and flatten the longitudinal and metatarsal arches of the feet, and ultimately affect they way your shoes fit. With stretched ligaments and swelling from water retention and weight gain, your feet may spread and swell enough to require longer and/or wider shoes. Some women will need to buy larger shoes during pregnancy to accommodate these changes. You will notice foot swelling especially at the end of the day.
TAKING CARE OR YOUR FEET DURING PREGNANCY
- Take frequent breaks to keep from standing for long periods of time.
- If your feet tend to swell, elevate your lower legs and feet while sitting.
- During the last half of pregnancy, get your feet re-measured before buying shoes.
- Avoid walking in your bare feet.
- To increase blood flow and reduce swelling, practice simple ankle exercises, such as flex and point, and ankle circles.
- Select shoes with a contoured foot bed and a large, naturally shaped toe, which support the arches and prevent compression of the forefoot and toes.
Evaluating the Condition of Your Shoes - Evaluate the condition of your shoes to see if they are safe to wear during your pregnancy. Check the heels and soles of your shoes for wear. If, when placed on a table or similar flat surface, your shoes slump in any direction, or the heels show marked signs of wear on one side, they are too worn to wear. Even if they are your favorite pair, wearing them can risk injury. And of course, any shoe that causes pain should not be worn for the duration of your pregnancy.
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Gas, like other digestive upsets, is a common complaint during pregnancy. Even foods that cause no difficulties at other times may begin to cause trouble.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR GAS
Keep a food diary to determine which foods or combination of foods may be causing the gas. Avoid these foods. Eat 4 or 5 small meals a day, instead of 3 big meals. Chew your food well and slowly.
Eat four or more servings of fresh fruits an vegetables every day. If you cook vegetables, do it quickly using a perforated steamer instead of boiling water. Do not over cook them.
To reduce gas-causing sulfur compounds in beans (garbanzo, pinto, navy, etc.), place 1 cup of beans in 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil the beans for one minute. Drain them and add 5 cups of fresh water. Bring the water to a boil and continue cooking according to directions.
FOOD ENZYME ANTI-GAS SUPPLEMENTS
These are an Enzyme Supplement taken at the beginning of a meal to help prevent gas formation and discomfort from foods. It helps stop gas before it starts from beans, broccoli, onions, whole grains, pasta, and many healthful foods. Beano is a dietary supplement; a food enzyme from a natural food source. It is not a drug. You should consult your midwife or health care provider before taking any supplement during pregnancy.
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GROIN SPASM, STITCH OR PRESSURE
Round ligament pain is a common painful sensation that women may feel in the lower abdomen or groin beginning in their second trimester and generally not something to worry about. The round ligaments support the uterus and hold it in place. They stretch to accommodate the growing uterus during pregnancy. The ligaments become thin and stretchlike a taught string or rubber band irritating nearby nerves that cause the pregnant woman to feel pain. Pain can occur when this stretching takes place. When the round ligaments connecting the corners of the uterus to the pubic area kink and go into spasm, it feels like a "stitch" usually on the right side (due to the uterus having the tendency to turn to the right during pregnancy, however the pain can be on either side of the pelvis). In later months of pregnancy, lower groin pressure (along the areas of the bikini line) may develop. The ligament pain may feel like a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain in one or both sides of the abdomen and possibly down into the groin. The pain may be most noticeable when getting up from a bed or chair too quickly or while sneezing, laughing, or coughing. Too much exercise can cause round ligament pain as well. You should consult with your midwife or health care provider, discussing the pain to make sure what you are feeling is round ligament pain and not something else, possibly more serious. Contact your midwife or health care provider immediately if the pain is severe, persistent, or accompanied by bleeding, chills, nausea, vomiting, or any change in vaginal discharge. Two maladies that cause pain in the same area as round ligament pain are appendicitis, and ovarian issues such as a twisted ovary or a ruptured ovarian cyst. These maladies can be life threatening and should be treated immediately.
10 TIPS FOR ROUND LIGAMENT PAIN
1. Identify it. Round ligaments stretching pain usually after 12 weeks of pregnancy in pelvis and hips.
2. Talk to your midwife or health care provider to confirm pain is not labor, inflection or an ectopic pregnancy.
3. Prevent by slow position changes. Move slowly to allow ligaments to stretch properly.
4. Walk daily at least 30 minutes during your pregnancy and afterward for good health.
5. Stretch daily. Place hands and knees on the floor. Lower head to the floor. Keep bottom in the air. Stretches hip and pelvic muscles.
6. Do this stretch when it hurts - Flex your knees toward your abdomen. This helps reduce the pull on your ligaments.
7. For relief, Lie on your side that hurts less with one pillow under your belly for support and one pillow between your legs to align and support hips.
8. Apply heat to painful area using a heating pad on low setting, warm bath or a warm compress on sore area.
9. If pain persists, after practitioner consultation, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is an option and is considered a safe medication during pregnancy. Dose recommendation is 325 to 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. You can take up to 1 gram every 6 to 8 hours as needed. Maximum dose is 4 grams in 24 hours.
10. Believe in yourself. Round ligament pain is a normal part of pregnancy and it will go away after the baby is born.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR GROIN SPASMS OR PRESSURE
During spasms, breathe deeply and bend toward the point of pain in order to allow the ligament to relax. You can try taking a warm bath and then rest in a comfortable position on the bed on one side until the spasm is over. Putting a pillow under your belly and another pillow between your legs will usually cause the pain to fade. Avoiding sudden movements may help you to avoid additional pain.
Pregnancy support bands or belts may be recommended by your midwife or health care provider. These can be of great help to expecting mothers. The bands and belts are designed to help lift the growing uterus off of the bladder, hips and ligaments and support the back for optimal comfort. These support devices are easily worn and disguised under clothing.
Prenatal massage can bring relief to common pregnancy discomforts such as round ligament pain. It is known to help manage the pain, and keep the body in better shape to support the strain of pregnancy. Different massage techniques such as massage of the abdominal area helps release tension in the ligament and helps the mother relax. Use only a qualified massage therapist for prenatal massage, as there are points on the body that can trigger premature labor.
A warm bath can be very relaxing, and help ease the pain caused by the ligaments stretching as a result of carrying the growing uterus. A warm compress on the side of the pelvis where the round ligament pain is occurring may help relieve pain and discomfort as well.
Visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors who specialize in prenatal care can employ a technique that relieves tightness and overstretching of the round ligaments.
Move when anticipating certain body movements. If you are anticipating a sneeze, cough or laugh, flex and bend at the hips. This movement can help reduce the pull on the ligaments caused by sneezing, coughing and laughing.
Avoid jumping up quickly from a sitting, lying down or being in a resting position for a long time, which can cause ligaments to contract, resulting in pain. It is best to rise slowly from any position to help the already stretching ligaments from stretching any further. Do not sit or stand for long periods of time. Sitting or standing without breaks can put extra pressure on the growing and stretching ligaments. If a job or class demands extended amounts of standing or sitting, try to take as many breaks as possible and rest. Get a note from your health care provider or midwife, if needed, and provide it to your employer or school.
Exercise and slowly stretch daily, using exercises recommended by your midwife or health care provider. This will help alleviate the condition. Consult with a yoga instructor specializing in pregnant women. She may have some stretching, breathing, and movement exercises that would help to relief. Be careful how you move and be conscious of your movements.
Certain yoga moves can help reduce round ligament pain. Two of the most recommended yoga moves are Cat Cow Pose and Savasana.
- Cat Cow Pose: One yoga move that can alleviate round ligament pain is the cat cow pose. Kneel on all fours with fingers spread wide on the floor and pointing forward. Inhale and round the back high, letting the head fall and curling your pelvis under. Exhale, pulling the belly towards the mat, and extending the back body wide to stretch the ligament. Repeat several rounds.
- Savasana: Another move that can help alleviate the discomfort of this condition is called savasana. The final relaxation pose in many yoga sequences, it is practiced on your left side while pregnant, with a pillow in between the legs to relieve pressure from the lower back.
To relieve round ligament pain, perform a "hip-hiker" on the painful side to shorten the ligament, reduce tensile forces, and relieve pain.
HIP-HIKER EXERCISE FOR ROUND LIGAMENT PAIN
Stand adjacent to a wall, back of a chair, or countertop with your painful side facing away from your support object.
Place your near hand on the wall, chair, or countertop for balance.
Lift the foot on your painful side and bring it to your opposite ankle.
Lift the hip bone (called a hip-hike) on your painful side straight upward, so that it moves closer to your armpit. Try to stay as upright as possible on your supporting side to prevent twisting or bending.
Hold for ten seconds, or until pain has subsided.
Bring your hip and foot back down and stand evenly on both legs for a moment or two.
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Heartburn occurs more often than normal during pregnancy. This is because the expanded size of the uterus promotes the reentry of stomach fluids into the esophagus.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR HEARTBURN
To prevent heartburn, do not consume spicy or greasy foods, alcohol, coffee, baking soda, or antacids containing sodium bicarbonate (such as Alka Seltzer).
Remain active. Refrain from bending or lying flat for several hours after eating.
To relieve discomfort, try using Acid-Ease from Enzymatic Therapy (formerly Prevail Corporation). This product contains natural plant enzymes, and can be taken with meals and/or between meals, as needed. It is safe and effective for reducing heartburn. See Heartburn Relief Products for more suggestions.
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Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. A number of factors contribute to the development of hemorrhoids, including constipation and the pressure exerted by the uterus as the fetus gains in size and weight.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR HEMORRHOIDS
Increase your intake of Fiber. Eat plenty of raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, bran, and whole grain breads. This helps to soften stools and make elimination easier. Hard stools can be very painful to pass and can cause bleeding. Also, at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day, including water, juices, and herbal teas.
Keep your feet and legs elevated on a high footstool while eliminating. This helps to move the bowels by relaxing the anal muscles. Do not strain and do not sit on the toilet for too long.
Use cold Witch Hazel compresses to help shrink hemorrhoids.
Walk one mile or 30 minutes every day to help digestion and elimination.
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Avoid the use of, or contact with, pesticides for the yard, pets or the home (including pesticide strips and flea collars). Little information is available about the risks of exposure during pregnancy to these products, so it is best to keep them out of your household.
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Insomnia is very common during the last weeks of pregnancy when finding a comfortable sleeping position is difficult. Deficiencies of the B vitamins also can contribute to insomnia. The emotional changes that accompany pregnancy often contribute to sleep difficulties as well.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR INSOMNIA
Increase your intake of foods rich in the B vitamins.
Do not force yourself to sleep if you are not really tired. Read or do non-strenuous chores until you feel sleepy. Arrange pillows behind or under your abdomen to relieve breathlessness.
Try drinking a blended herbal tea cup of Chamomile, Marjoram, Lemon Balm or Passion Flower herbal tea with Honey or Lemon before bed. These herbs are well known for sleep-inducing qualities. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is recommended for the relief of fever due to colds and the flu, to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. Lemon Balm helps fight depression.Caution: Do not use chamomile tea on an ongoing basis or drink it too often or a sensitivity toward ragweed may develop. If you have allergies to ragweed, avoid chamomile tea completely.
Triple Complex Sleep Tonic is a combination of three biochemic-cellular-supporting tissue salts to balance the hormones involved in sleep patterns for effective help. This remedy relaxes tension and increases drowsiness for better sleep. Due to its unique homeopathic formula, it is safe for all ages as well as during pregnancy and nursing.
From being a natural sleep regulator to providing the body with a potent anti-oxidant, a Melatonin supplement is a superior choice for those looking for better health and anti-aging nutrients. A good night's sleep can help restore your body, promote a healthy immune system and may help you maintain a healthy body weight. Not only does Melatonin help you sleep, it has also been shown to reduce anxiety. It does this by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain that are involved in relaxation and sleep. Health exports report that sleep is more that merely "down time" when the brain shuts off and the body rests. Adequate sleep is essential to overall health and performance and plays a role in the ability to learn, create memories, solve problems and maintain a healthy mental outlook. By contrast, researchers have found that lack of sleep can result in the mood swings and the inability to focus and react quickly.
Calcium and Magnesium supplements can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system. Calcium and Magnesium aids restful sleep and calms the body.
Skullcap tincture provides deep, refreshing sleep. Skullcap calms the nerves. It has traditionally been used internally for nervousness and convulsions, irritability, insomnia, and neuralgia. Skullcap may act as a sedative, to relax spasms, lower fever and stimulate the kidneys, and has anti-toxic effects. Skullcap is an excellent tonic for the nervous system. It is good for treating anxiety, insomnia, and nervous headache. Take up to 30 drops of commercial tincture (from dried plants) or 5 to 15 drops of fresh plant tincture half an hour before going to bed. An infusion of the dried plant nourishes and strengthens the nerves. Drink two cups daily for several months if your nerves feel frayed and you are easily upset.
A Relaxing Tea blend consisting of Peppermint Leaf, Chamomile, Catnip, Strawberry Leaf, Linden Leaf & Flower, Passion Flower, Skullcap, Licorice Root, and Valerian Root is perfect for those lazy evenings by a fireplace with a favorite book or simply enjoying quiet time for yourself. This blend is a tranquil blend, soothing to the mind while preparing you for a night of peaceful dreams and optimistic awakenings.
Chamomile herbal tea is an enjoyable night cap tea. Chamomile's soothing qualities make it a wonderful treatment for heartburn and stomach upset by relieving esophageal irritation. It is helpful as a comforting relief for stress and anxiety or before bedtime to help with insomnia difficulties. The dried herb used in a herbal tea brew is considered safe to use during pregnancy (unless you have allergies to the ragweed family - then do not use Chamomile).
Caraway Seed (also known as Black Cumin Seed) makes a relaxing and soothing tea.
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KNEES - PAIN & DISCOMFORTS
Obviously, any exercise that causes pain or discomfort in any joint, and especially the knee, should be avoided. Women commonly feel knee-pain during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to manage or prevent knee pain. Usually, simply building up strength in the thigh, particularly in the muscles that straighten the knee, can help relieve symptoms.
All prenatal and postpartum exercise programs need to compensate for ligament laxity and dynamic instability. To protect your knees, eliminate exercises that may strain the knee ligament and cartilage from your routine. These may include jogging or running down hill, squats, lunges, leg presses, and weighted leg extensions. Yoga style squats where the knees extend beyond the toes are also not recommended.
PREVENTING OR COPING WITH KNEE PAIN
If you experience pain, discomfort, or reduced range of motion in your knee the day after exercise, discontinue the exercise. If you have knee pain, do not kneel, squat, crawl, or get down on your hands and knees for housework, gardening or exercise. Avoid hyperextension of the knee and positions that may stress knee ligaments. Perform knee-protective exercises, such as leg extension exercise described below.
PRE- & POST-NATAL LEG EXTENSION EXERCISE
1. Stand adjacent to a chair, one hand resting on the back of the chair for balance.
2. Lift one foot up to the inside of your opposite knee.
3. Try to hold your knee in place as you straighten the lifted leg out in front of you, positioning it at a 45° to 90° angle.
4. Hold the extension for a moment.
5. Slowly bend your leg, returning your foot to the opposite knee.
6. Perform eight repetitions on each leg.
Leg cramps are often a result of nutritional deficiencies and/or electrolyte imbalances, in addition to the strain placed on the legs by the extra weight. Increase your Calcium and Potassium intake by eating foods such as almonds, bananas, grapefruit, low-fat cottage cheese, oranges, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, soy products (such as tofu), and low-fat yogurt to help avert leg cramps. Adequate calcium is also needed to help prevent high blood pressure, often seen in late pregnancy, as well as for fetal development.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR LEG CRAMPS
While sleeping or sitting, elevate your legs so that they are higher than your heart. Do not stand in one place for too long. Shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. Do not point your toes. Walk at least a mile or 30 minutes every day to stimulate the circulation of blood through the legs. To relieve cramps, flex your feet, with your toes pointing upward. When experiencing a cramp, apply a hot water bottle or heating pad to the cramping area and apply pressure with your hands.
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RECOMMENDED LEG CRAMP PRODUCTS
Calcium Supplement Products Potassium Supplement Products
Do not use any drug without checking with your midwife or health care provider first. This includes all prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, vitamins, laxatives, cold remedies, simple pain relievers, and others. For the sake of your unborn child as well as for your own welfare avoid completely marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or any other mind-altering drugs. The safest course to follow during pregnancy is to take nothing except nutritious food and beverages.
Avoid the following medications, which can stunt fetal growth: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Datril, and others), antacids (Alka-seltzer, Di-Gel, Gelusil, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids, Tums), antihistamines, aspirin, cold pills, cough remedies, decongestants, and estrogens. Do not take mineral oil, which blocks the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins. Consult with your midwife or health care provider about the use of any supplements or over-the-counter medications.
Aspirin has been linked with fetal deformities, bleeding, and complications during delivery.
Isotretinoin (Accutane), a drug prescribed for acne, can cause birth defects, as can etretinate (Tegison), which is used for psoriasis.
Taking the drug phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbitol, used to control epileptic seizures, creates four times the usual risk of producing a baby with heart defects. In addition, the antibiotics ampicillin (Omnipen, Polycillin) or tetracycline may cause heart malformation.
Large quantities of caffeine may cause birth defects.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Pregnancy & Alcohol
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Drug Addiction & Drug Abuse
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Pregnancy & Drug Dependence
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Pregnancy & Medications
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Pregnancy & Asthma
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Pregnancy & Seizures
MoonDragon's Health Information: Teratogens List
MISCARRIAGE (SPONTANEOUS ABORTION)
Some pregnancies are not carried to full term, resulting in a miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion or if it occurs later in pregnancy, a still birth. There are many reasons for this, including abruptio placenta (separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus), cervical incompetence, ectopic pregnancy (implantation of the fertilized egg outside the uterine cavity, most commonly in one of the fallopian tubes), emotional stress, general malaise, infection, glandular disorders, malnutrition, placenta previa (implantation of the placenta over the cervical opening), and pregnancy-induced hypertension. In many cases, the miscarriage may be the result of some abnormality in the fetus.
SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING MISCARRIAGE
If you experience bleeding or cramping during pregnancy, contact your midwife or health care provider immediately and follow his or her advice.
Some women who have had repeated miscarriages may be able to boost their chances of a full-term pregnancy with a new immunization procedure. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that injecting two vaccines containing white blood cells from the father into the mother can prevent an abnormal reaction in the woman's immune system that results in rejection of the growing fetus as a "foreign transplant."
Premature labor is the onset of rhythmic uterine contractions before fetal maturity. It usually occurs between the 20th and the 37th weeks of gestation. Around 5 to 10 percent of pregnancies end prematurely; 75 to 85 percent of infant deaths and many birth defects are associated with prematurity.
Ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus) is a potentially dangerous condition that may produce cramping and light bleeding, but in some cases may result in not symptoms other than mild abdominal pain, making diagnosis difficult. If a fallopian tube ruptures as a result of ectopic pregnancy, life-threatening hemorrhage and infection may result. This condition requires immediate surgical treatment and pregnancy termination.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Birth Defects
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Ectopic Molar Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage (Spontaneous Abortion)
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage, Habitual
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Placental Abruption
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Placenta Previa
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Teratogens List
MOOD CHANGES (MOOD SWINGS)
Mood changes are quite common during pregnancy. They are thought to be caused by hormonal changes and deficiencies of the B vitamins, as well as the stress of physical discomforts and psychological issues that arise as a result of bodily changes and the awareness of impending motherhood.
SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING MOOD CHANGES
Increase your intake of foods rich in the B Vitamins and Iron, such as Alfalfa, Blackstrap Molasses, brown rice, eggs, enriched whole-grain cereals, fish, green leafy vegetables, kidney beans, Oats, poultry, soy products, and Wheat Germ. Inadequate iron intake causes anemia, which can make you feel tired, irritable, and unhappy.
If mood changes are severe and/or are interfering with your life, consider counseling. Making an effort to explore and understand underlying emotions can help you to cope with your feelings as well.
Keep in mind that mood changes during pregnancy are normal, usually hormonally driven, and most likely temporary.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Living With A Pregnant Person
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Mood Tips
MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Depression
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Manic Depression & Bipolar Disorder
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Postpartum Depression
Approximately 50 percent of all pregnant women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting between the 6th and the 12th weeks of pregnancy. This is considered normal. Although it is commonly called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of day.
Abnormal vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum) is a severe, continual nausea and vomiting that occurs after the 12th week of pregnancy and it occurs in approximately 1 in 200 pregnancies. It can result in dehydration, acidosis, malnutrition, and substantial weight loss. Possible causes of abnormal vomiting include bile duct disease, drug toxicity, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disorders, vitamin deficiencies (mainly a lack of vitamin B-6), and the production of high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin. This may occur due to the presence of cysts in the uterus or multiple pregnancy.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR MORNING SICKNESS
Keep crackers or whole wheat toast near your bed and eat some before arising.
Eat small, frequent meals and snack on whole-grain crackers with nut butters (but not peanut butter) or cheese. It helps to keep some food in the stomach at all times.
Do not go without food or drink because of the nausea.
Keep in mind that morning sickness usually does not last beyond the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. If you suffer from persistent nausea or vomiting later in pregnancy, consult with your midwife or health care provider. With appropriate treatment, the prognosis is good.
Open the window or go outside to get some fresh air.
Drink a cup of Red Raspberry Leaf, Catnip Leaf, or Dandelion tea or infusion each day. Sipping the infusion before getting up or sucking on ice cubes made from the infusion increases the strength of the remedy.
Drink a tea made from dried Peach Leaf to help control morning sickness discomforts.
Get your Protein from vegetable sources, such as grains and legumes such as Soy Protein. Fish and low-fat dairy products are also acceptable sources of protein. Spirutein protein shake are available at health food stores and online. It comes in several appetizing flavors. Some health food stores have little sample packets, so you can decide which one you like the best. Consuming adequate protein is an effective way to help prevent and manage pregnancy nausea. You may have to force yourself to consume the protein because of your nausea, but it you follow it through, you may find yourself feeling better in a few days or so. You should do 2 shakes a day, if you can - morning and evening. You can mix the protein powder with milk, soy milk, rice dream, whatever you drink, plus you can blend it with all sorts of fruits, to make it a more palatable "smoothie". It is also helpful for people with low energy, and is great for late pregnancy when your uterus is heavy, and you cannot get eat as much food.
For aromatherapy use, a bowl of boiling water with 4 to 6 drops of Spearmint Essential Oil added, placed on the floor by your bed overnight, will help keep the stomach calm. The aroma molecules will waft up and gently do their work as you sleep, and after using this method for three consecutive nights the morning sickness should be gone or reduced. Alternatively, put one drop on your pillow. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil , or Almond Oil prior to use. Consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios. Spearmint Oil mixes well with Bergamot Oil, Lavender Oil, or Lime Oil. For more information about aromatherapy, visit our link:
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It is said that a single whiff of Peppermint Essential Oil can help to relieve symptoms of nausea and indigestion. Use Peppermint Essential Oil, either on Brown Sugar or in Honey water. One drop of essential oil taken every hour until relief is obtained is usually adequate to bring relief. Peppermint Essential Oil may cause liver problems if taken internally. Peppermint leaf tea may be preferable to using essential oil for internal use. However, as aromatherapy, Peppermint Essential Oil in water, then diffused in the air can be effective for treatment of morning sickness. It will also nullify the effects of any homeopathics you are taking, so be aware. Other uses of Peppermint Essential Oil include it's effectiveness for the relief of circulatory disorders, nervousness, insomnia, flu, PMS, menopausal hot flashes, muscular pain, varicose veins, sunburn and insect bites. Peppermint is an incredibly invigorating and energizing pure essential oil. It is said that peppermint can help relieve mental exhaustion and fatigue. Inhaling Peppermint during periods of anxiety is said to have a calming and refreshing effect on the psyche. It may help to stimulate the brain in retaining memory. Peppermint is the only pure essential oil that can heat you up and cool you down simultaneously. It has been known to reduce chills and bring down a fever. Peppermint is credited with the ability to help relieve tension headaches. Peppermint acts as a sedative and is useful in nervous disorders. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties render it useful in relieving skin conditions such as acne. Taken as a gargle, it can improve mouth conditions such as swollen gums, mouth thrush or mouth ulcers. Peppermint Essential Oil is also helpful in relieving a toothache. According to my landlady, Peppermint Essential Oil dabbed onto cottonballs and placed where there are mice, will make them avoid the area. This is a great idea if you have an old house with a mouse problem in the winter months.
Sip Peppermint or Spearmint infusion (tea) first thing in the morning. This is a stimulating and effective anti-nausea remedy. This may be taken several times during the day to bring relief, if preferred.
Lavender Essential Oil can be placed, a drop at a time, on the temples to relieve headache, or in the bath to relax. Other uses of Lavender Essential Oil, mixed with water or other herbal oils, are to relieve joint pain, as an antiseptic, and to aid digestion. Apply a Lavender Essential Oil compress to the abdomen. Add two drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water, soak a small towel in the liquid, wring it out, then apply to the abdomen. Place a larger towel over the top, then rest for 30 minutes or so.
MOONDRAGON'S PREGNANCY TEA RECIPE
These four herbs are found in MoonDragon's Pregnancy Tea. The recipe is:
2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf (dried)
1 part Alfalfa Leaf (dried)
1 part Nettle Leaf (dried)
1 part Peppermint Leaf (dried)
Mix well and store in a glass jar in a cool dark place. Light will deplete the nutrients in the leaves. This tea can be consumed throughout pregnancy and is helpful towards the end of pregnancy to prepare for the birth. It is a good base tea to add tinctures or other remedies to during the labor and it can also be made into iced cubes and ice chips to be used by the mother during her labor. It makes a great sun tea and can be consumed cold or hot. I usually recommend about a quart a day of prepared tea. This gives the mom her fluids and helps with her nutrition. It can be used unsweetened or with a little Honey added for sweetener, if desired.
GINGER ROOT FOR NAUSEA
Ginger (Zingiber officinale; Gan Jiang) has been used safely for thousands of years in a wide range of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese herbal formulas that benefit the stomach and promote digestive function. Ginger is also used in these formulas as an agent to carry or reinforce the actions of other digestive herbs. It is considered to be a warming herb as it enhances circulation and absorption. Ginger is essential for the reduction and frequency of morning sickness, upset stomach, seasickness, and motion sickness. It is also used expel gas (relieving flatulent colic) from the intestines and to help reduce fevers and lessen symptoms of colds. It is soothing to the digestive tract.
Ginger root is a life saver for many. Take 2 capsules of Ginger root 3 times per day. For Ginger powder, take 1 gram of powder daily, in 4 divided doses. Use for short periods of time, and do not exceed 1 gram daily. No reported side effects.
For motion sickness, use Ginger root for nausea. Start with 1000 to 1100 mg in the morning and then every 6 to 8 hrs as needed. Add Vitamin B-6, 100 mg twice daily. Works over 95 percent of the time. Ginger root has been well studied and is more effective than Dramamine for treatment of motion sickness. The study involved spinning folk in those space simulators, and measuring the time until they vomited, demonstrating the superiority of ginger over Dramamine.
We use Ginger in many forms for relief of nausea. It can be in the form of Ginger root capsules (desiccated ginger, such as used in cooking, tea made from freshly grated ginger, ginger ale (with real, rather than artificial ginger), ginger cookies, a product called Ginger Works which is ginger in some sort of thick, sweet syrup.
1. Erick,M Vitamin B-6 and Ginger root in Morning Sickness J.Am. Dietetic Assn. 1995;95:416
2. Fischer-Rasmussen and Dahl Eur. J Obstet. Gynecol And Repro. Biol. 1991;38:19
3. (Page 116 Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health by Donald J. Brown, ND) The author cites a Danish study: Fischer-Rasmussen W, Kjaer SK, et al.: Ginger Treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 38:19-24, 1990.
GINGER TEA RECIPE
4 cups Water
2-inch piece Fresh Ginger Root
Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste. Note: Keep in mind that if you are making this tea to strengthen the immune system and ward off colds and flu, sweeteners are not recommended. Ginger milk can be done the same way, substituting milk for water. This is good for warming the system up after being in the cold and is soothing to the stomach too. I often made ginger milk after shoveling snow off the sidewalk and needing to be warmed up. You could also add a dash of Cinnamon, if desired to the ginger milk.
Ginger tea can be made by slicing the fresh root into small pieces and added to hot water or milk to steep. It has a slightly "spicy" flavor to it. Ginger can be obtained in candied pieces and popped in your mouth if you are having indigestion problems. A standard dose for most purposes is 1 to 4 grams of powdered Ginger taken daily in 2 to 4 divided doses. Prepare a dose of ginger infusion by taking 10 to 30 grains or 1 ounce of ginger powder or bruised root and adding it to a pint of boiling water, take 1 or 2 fluid ounces at a time.
In acute colds the entire train of symptoms may be aborted in a single night, by advising the patient to take a hot Mustard foot bath at bedtime, while the body, prepared for bed, is wrapped in warm blankets. During the foot bath the patient should drink a glass or two of hot water, each of which contains half of a dram of the tincture of ginger.
To prevent motion sickness, begin treatment 1 or 2 days before the trip, and continue taking it throughout the travel period.
Make Ginger tea from the boiled Ginger root as a remedy for nausea associated with pregnancy. Chilled, carbonated, and sweetened Ginger tea is the original form of ginger ale, the famous anti-nausea beverage. Powdered Ginger can be used in the tea instead of the root.
Ginger is contraindicated for people with gallstones and should only be used after consultation with a health care provider.
NUTRIENTS FOR MORNING SICKNESS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
L-Methionine 1,000 mg daily. Effective in preventing nausea. Used to prevent toxemia in pregnancy. Vitamin B-6
50 mg every 4 hours. A combination of nutrients that helps to prevent and alleviate nausea. Reduces the severity of morning sickness. Vitamin C
As directed on label. When taken together, can reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. Ginger As directed on label. Helps relieve nausea when taken in capsule or tea form. Chamomile 50 mg every 4 hours. The juice helps calm the stomach. Magnesium 400 mg daily upon arising. Caution: Take this combination of Vitamin B-6 plus magnesium only as long as needed. Do not take it for longer than 6 weeks unless recommended by your midwife or health care provider.
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Alfalfa Herbal Products Almond Herbal Oil Products Bergamot Essential Oil Products Catnip Herbal Products Chamomile Herbal Products Cinnamon Herbal Products Dandelion Herbal Products Ginger Herbal Products Grapeseed Herbal Oil Products Honey Products Jojoba Herbal Oil Products Lavender Essential Oil Products Lime Essential Oil Products Magnesium Supplement Products Methionine Supplement Products Mustard Herbal Products Nettle Herbal Products Olive Herbal Oil Products Peach Herbal Products Peppermint Essential Oil Products Peppermint Herbal Products Protein Supplement Products Red Raspberry Herbal Products Soy Protein Supplement Products Spirutein Supplement Products Spearmint Essential Oil Products Spearmint Herbal Products Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Vitamin K Supplement Products
NECK PAIN & FORWARD HEAD SYNDROME
Upper body misalignment and neck-pain go hand-in-hand. When the upper spine over-flexes, the head compensates and slides forward. The muscles that lift the shoulders tighten and shorten in response.
Neck-Related Symptoms that Require Medical Consultation: If you have severe muscle spasms, persistent headaches, weakness in one arm, or marked asymmetrical mobility of the head, then see a medical professional, such as a chiropractor, for an evaluation.
For common neck stiffness, try gentle stretches and head-rolls. Try to sleep in positions where the back of the neck is elongated, rather than with the head thrust forward or rolled backward. Pay particular attention to your head alignment while driving and other seated postures. Relaxation and meditation techniques are also valuable for relieving chronic neck-tension.
EXERCISE TO RE-ALIGN FORWARD HEAD
1. Maintaining a neutral spine, stand with your back and head against a wall, your legs slightly bent, and your feet about a foot away from the wall, about hip distance apart.
2. Roll your chin toward your chest without moving your head away from the wall.
3. Press the back of your head into the wall as strongly as you can for five slow counts.
4. Gradually relax your muscular effort and allow your head to glide back in to the neutral position.
5. Perform four repetitions.
NOSEBLEEDS AND NASAL CONGESTION
During pregnancy, increased blood volume often causes some of the tiny capillaries in the nasal passages to rupture, causing a nosebleed. Inner nasal passages normally swell as well. A lack of Vitamin C and the Bioflavonoids may be a contributing factor. These conditions disappear with the birth of the baby.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THESE CONCERNS
Increase your intake of foods rich in Vitamin C, including Broccoli, Cabbage, Grapefruits, Lemons, , Peppers, and Strawberries.
If congestion is a problem, eat fewer dairy products and supplement your diet with Calcium and Magnesium. Dairy products tend to stimulate the secretion of mucus.
Use a Humidifier to help keep nasal tissues moisturized.
Do not use nasal sprays or nose drops. Instead use an empty nasal spray container filled with warm water to spray into the nostrils. This helps to moisten the nose and shrink the membranes.
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RECOMMENDED NOSEBLEED & NASAL CONGESTION PRODUCTS
Bioflavonoids Supplement Products Calcium Supplement Products Humidifier Products Magnesium Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products
Avoid painting and inhaling toxic fumes in confined areas. Make sure all areas are ventilated well and use latex-waterbased paints, if possible. Medical studies on paint exposure and fetal harm are inconclusive. Oil-based paints and paint thinners contain different solvents that should be avoided, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy.
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PELVIS, PUBIC BONE, TAILBONE (COCCYX) PAIN & INSTABILITY
PELVIS - PUBIC BONE
Usually, the right and left pubic bones are fused together at the midline: the pubic symphysis. The hormones of pregnancy, however, soften the dense ligaments of this joint, which allows the pelvic outlet to expand during childbirth. Occasionally, this joint becomes unstable at the end of pregnancy, during labor, or in the early postpartum period. The chief symptom of pubic instability is pain directly at the pubic symphysis. Groin pain, or an inner thigh strain, is more commonly felt slightly off center of the joint, and can often be mistaken for pubic bone instability.
Pelvic Instability of Any Kind Needs Professional Treatment: If your pubic bone is painful after childbirth, make an appointment with your health care provider, chiropractor, and/or a physical therapist who specializes in pre-and-postnatal exercise therapy.
Precautions to Take if You Have Pubic Pain
- See your health care provider as soon as possible to rule out pubic instability.
- Avoid straddle stretches, side leg-lifts and other groin stretches.
- Always directly face any object before you lift or carry it.
- Refrain from twisting and bending movements when carrying heavy loads.
PELVIS - SACROILIAC JOINT
The sacroiliac joint is where the back of the pelvis connects with the sacral vertebrae of the lower spine. Most body types display a small dimple on each side of the low back at the sacroiliac joint. Generally, this joint moves very little, however; instability from increased ligament laxity at this joint can occur during the last half of pregnancy and, more commonly, the postpartum period.
Sacroiliac instability is painful and may cause functional weakness in one or both legs, and low back muscle spasms. Bending, lifting and carrying, sitting with the legs crossed or to one side, prolonged standing/slouching, or walking up a steep hill may aggravate the condition.
Take Care of Sacroiliac Problems Right Away: Directly after pregnancy, the abdominal wall is lax and does not have enough strength to adequately support the lower back and sacrum. Untreated sacroiliac instability may worsen or become chronic. If you think you might have a sacroiliac problem, make an appointment with your health care provider, physical therapist or chiropractor who specializes in pre-and-postnatal problems.
Preventing or Managing Sacroiliac Problems
- If you have pain in this joint, do not sit with you legs crossed, or with both legs to one side.
- Never sit without lower back support, particularly while nursing.
- Refrain from all exercises that use straddle positions, sitting with the legs folded in front of the body, or sitting with the soles of the feet together.
- Avoid all yoga poses that stretch the sacroiliac joint, including all standing and seated twisting poses, all "lotus" variations, and "pigeon pose."
- Stay away from most Pilates exercises, including mat and reformer; they are contraindicated for sacroiliac instability.
- Do not lift heavy loads.
Many of us habitually sit slouched, or rolled back off the pelvis, with our spines curved in a "C" shape. This misplaces our body weight onto lower spine and sacroiliac, rather than on the bottom bone of the pelvis, the ischium or "sit bones." Slouching stresses the tailbone and sacroiliac joint which are particularly vulnerable during and after pregnancy. During labor and delivery, the natural curve of the tailbone flattens and is pushed outward as your baby's head passes through the pelvic outlet. Not surprisingly, the stress of delivery commonly results in postpartum tailbone pain. If you experience persistent discomfort in your tailbone, consult with your health care provider.
Preventing or Managing a Pain in the Tailbone
- Sit up tall, with your weight on the bottom bones of your pelvis (the ischium or "sit bones") rather than rolled back onto your coccyx or sacrum.
- If seat cushions are too deep for your frame, use pillows behind the lower spine to help avoid slouching.
- Place a small rolled towel behind the waistline to support a neutral pelvis and lower spine.
- When seated, keep your thighs on a slightly downward diagonal position, rather then parallel to the floor; you may need to elevate your seat height, or use a solid wedge pillow under the pelvis to attain this position. This position is especially helpful for women with tight hips and/or lower back.
- Do not use donut-shaped pillows during pregnancy and the postpartum period; they weaken pelvic floor muscles.
- Avoid any roll-back exercises, either sitting or on an exercise ball, or Pilates style rolls, as these types of exercises are not recommended for pregnancy and the postpartum period.
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS (COSMETICS & HAIR CARE)
Although there is not specific evidence that cosmetics and other personal care products (soaps, lotions, deodorants) affect pregnancy outcomes, there should be some reasonable caution in the use of some of these items. Overall, there should be no limit to their use unless advised differently by your midwife or health care provider.
Become a label reader and look for teratogenic ingredients in the items. Many of these substances are absorbed into the skin and into your system. Use reasonable caution.
SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
Hair care products such as dyes, straighteners (relaxers) and permanent wave solutions have been studied in pregnant women and have not shown any specific risks. Products with strong chemical smells should be used only in a well ventilated area. Exposure to these products should not pose a risk to the fetus. Again, use reasonable caution. Know what you are using. During pregnancy hair reacts differently to a tint or permanent so it might be best to wait until after delivery.
Hair care products such as sprays and shampoos carry no evidence that they do or do not cause any adverse outcomes for a pregnancy. Most women continue to use their pre-pregnancy hair products and experience no problems. If you have doubts about any cosmetic or personal care product, switch over to more naturally based items. Again, read labels and know what you are using.
REST PERIODS FOR FATIGUE
Include rest periods in your routine, several times a day for short periods. Fatigue is common during pregnancy. Lie on one side or the other during these rest periods, rather than flat on your back, because blood flow through the placenta may be decreased if you lie on your back. It is common to have more fatigue during pregnancy and your sleeping patterns may change. You may do well to take a daily afternoon nap, if this is possible.
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The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It arises from the sacral plexus, in the lower back, threads downward through the pelvis through an opening called the greater sciatic foramen, and runs through the hip joint and down the back of the thigh. Irritation of this nerve is common during pregnancy and usually disappears with the birth of the baby.
SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING SCIATICA
Ask your midwife or health care provider to recommend a registered physical therapist or a chiropractor who has been specially trained to deal with pregnancy problems. A competent practitioner is best able to deal with this problem.
SEAT BELT USE
The use of seat belts is recommended to decrease maternal and fetal trauma in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Use a diagonal shoulder strap and a lab belt. The diagonal strap should pass over the shoulder and across the chest between the breasts. The lap strap should be across the upper thighs. The straps should be above and below the "bump" of pregnancy, not over the top of it.
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Enjoy sexual intercourse as usual, as long as it is not uncomfortable. Some women have more or less libido during pregnancy, often caused by hormonal changes. Many experience a sense of "freedom" from birth control issues once they become pregnant and enjoy their sexual freedom. Each woman is different and each phase of pregnancy may alter your desire for sexual intercourse or intimacy. You may have to try adapting usual sexual positions or try new sexual positions or techniques during late pregnancy as your belly becomes larger and old ways have become uncomfortable. Have fun and experiment a little. There may be some restrictions on sexual intercourse during the last few weeks of pregnancy or if you have previously had a miscarriage. Discuss your concerns with your midwife. She may have some answers and helpful hints.
Shoulder pain is almost universal during and after pregnancy. Alignment changes, heavier breasts, and a weakened core all conspire to impair upper body alignment. When bones are out of ideal alignment, nearby muscle functioning is reduced. Because new moms do so much lifting and carrying throughout their days, shoulder and upper-back muscles strain easily.
Pregnancy Impacts the Shoulder
- The shoulder girdle muscles become imbalanced and inhibit good body mechanics.
- The internal rotators over-tighten and external rotators weaken.
- Muscles that elevate the shoulders tighten while muscles that depress the shoulders weaken.
Managing and Preventing Shoulder Pain
- Use gentle daily stretches for the chest, neck, and shoulders to improve upper-spine alignment.
- Strengthen muscles groups that tend to weaken.
- Avoid sleeping with your head tilted back or thrust forward.
- Use massage or self-acupressure to relieve muscle spasms.
- Remind yourself to stand and sit up straight to avoid slouching.
- Use ergonomic breastfeeding positions. Contact your lactation consultant or midwife for helpful suggestions.
Common skin problems during pregnancy include pimples, acne, red marks, and mask of pregnancy (dark blotches on the skin of the face). These skin changes usually disappear with the birth of the baby.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR SKIN PROBLEMS
Take Folic Acid daily. A recommended minimum dosage is 5 mg (5000 mcg) before each meal (recommended dosage for pregnancy is 400 to 800 mcg). This may help to prevent or make the mask of pregnancy disappear.
Keep your skin clean. Do not use makeup if your skin is broken out.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Skin Tips
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There can now be not doubt that smoking is injurious not only to you but also (even more so) to your unborn child. So do NOT smoke! If you are a smoker and need help in stopping, speak to your midwife or health care provider about methods, support groups and so on.
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MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Smoking Dependency
SORENESS IN THE RIB AREA
The ribcage expands enormously during pregnancy to help make room for the expanding uterus and to maintain adequate lung capacity. Many pregnant women experience rib discomfort from this expansion and pressure from the uterus, as well as the occasional little foot or knee that might habitually press against the ribs.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS PROBLEM
Change positions frequently. To help ease discomfort, try gentle stretches and spine-mobility exercises, such as twists and upper-spine extensions. Centered breathing techniques, in either a sitting or a side-lying position will help to ease discomfort. Keep in mind that this problem is temporary. It often disappears in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, once the baby drops into position in the pelvis in preparation to be born. After pregnancy, perform rib-closure exercises to re-bevel the ribcage and re-narrow the waistline. Rib elastic belts (bands) are available that can help to add support and pressure to the ribcage.
RIB CLOSURE EXERCISE FOR POSTPARTUM WOMEN
Sit tall on the edge of a hard chair, or sturdy coffee table. Knees at a ninety degree angle, spine elongated and neutral.
Wrap the fitness band, wide, accross the back of you ribs, ends crossed in front, below your breasts.
Contract your Transverse Abdominis (TvA, abdominal bracing). With your hands, pull the band snug.
Inhale deeply, expanding the fitness band. Exhale, and pull the band even tighter as you increase the tightness of your TvA, trying to make your lower ribs as narrow as possible. The compression of the band will help your ribs move closer to your spine.
Repeat 5 times.
FYI, Pilates is all about abdominal bracing. Keep your TvA as tight as possible during every exercise.
Stretch marks are wavy stripes appearing on the abdomen, buttocks, breasts, and thighs. They start out reddish in color and gradually turn white. They are caused by rapid weight gain such as that typically associated with pregnancy, and appear when the skin becomes over stretched and the fibers in the deep layers tear. Once they appear, they are permanent, but they do become much less noticeable with time.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRETCH MARKS
Try the following recipe for preventing stretch marks:
STRETCH MARK PREVENTION RECIPE
1/2 cup Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
6 capsules Vitamin E, cut open
4 capsules Vitamin A, cut open
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
2. Pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the refrigerator.
Once a day, apply the oil externally all over the abdomen, hips, and thighs - the places where stretch marks commonly appear. If you do this diligently, every day, you may be able to prevent stretch marks.
Apply Cocoa Butter and/or Elastin Cream topically as directed on the product label. These substances are very good for stretch marks.
Rub Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Lanolin, or Comfrey Root Ointment into the skin, breasts and nipples throughout the latter part of the pregnancy and the beginning weeks of nursing.
Take Vitamin C supplements for healthy skin.
SKIN MOISURIZING BUTTERS
Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa, Illipe, Kokum, Mango, & Shea Butters
Cocoa Butter: An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified.
Illipe Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders.
Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.
Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.
Shea Butter:This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.
RECOMMENDED STRETCH MARKS PRODUCTS
Almond (Sweet) Herbal Oil Products Aloe Vera Herbal Products Cocoa Butter Herbal Products Comfrey Herbal Products Elastin Products Illipe Butter Herbal Products Kokum Butter Herbal Products Lanolin Products Mango Butter Herbal Products Olive Herbal Oil Products Shea Butter Herbal Products Vitamin A Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Vitamin E Supplement Products
While you are pregnant, your body makes sure that its temperature is perfect for your baby's development. In addition, as your size increases, the amount of effort it takes to walk, climb stairs, and do many everyday things also increases. Because of hormonal changes during pregnancy you may experience night sweats and hot flashes (similar to menopause). Sweating also helps the body to rid itself of toxins through the skin. As a result, you may find yourself sweating more than you did before.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR SWEATING
Wear loose, light, comfortable clothing. Choose clothing made of "breathable"" natural fibers, such as cotton.
Do not use a hot tub or sauna during pregnancy. This increase in body temperature can cause fetal distress. For the same reason, be careful about strenuous exercise, especially in hot weather.
Drink extra fluids with Electrolytes if you are sweating to replace lost water in your body. Do not become dehydrated.
Stay as cool as possible. Sit in front of a fan or air conditioner to cool off (day and night, summer or winter) or take a cool shower to bring down your temperature and to rinse sweat off (my favorite place was the frozen food section of the supermarket, melting the frozen peas).
Stay clean and bathe frequently. You may have to shower 2 to 3 times daily during warm weather or whenever you begin to feel "sticky". It is important to watch personal hygiene when you are pregnant to prevent bacteria and yeast infection (candida). Yeast and other bacteria grow in warm, moist places such as the vagina, groin, under the breasts, behind the knees and armpit folds.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Dehydration
Pregnancy puts an extra strain on dental health. Be particularly careful about brushing and flossing during your pregnancy. Routine dental examinations, preventive and restorative procedures should be provided when necessary. Local anesthetics used for dental procedures are considered relatively safe. If dental x-rays (or other kinds of x-rays) become necessary, make sure that your abdomen is shielded by a standard lead apron. Ideally, you should have all your dental work done and up to date prior to becoming pregnant. This eliminates the potential hazards of anesthesia, x-rays and other procedures from becoming an issue.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Dentist
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Periodontal Disease
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Tooth Decay & Cavities
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: X-Ray Safety
TESTS PERFORMED DURING PREGNANCY
There are many tests that can be performed during pregnancy to assess the health and development of the fetus. However, many of these tests involve an element of risk for both mother and child. Therefore, they should be done only when medically indicated, and not used routinely or for the mother's or the health care provider's convenience. If a test is suggested, be sure that you are fully aware of why it is needed and of any dangers that may be involved before deciding to have it done.
This medical procedure is performed during pregnancy to determine the health of the fetus. A local anesthetic is administered and then a long, hollow needle is inserted through the mother's abdomen into the uterus to remove amniotic fluid for cellular analysis. Although it has become fairly common, this procedure entails risks for both the pregnant woman and the fetus. Specifically, there is some chance of blood exchange between the mother and the fetus (important in Rh-negative mothers expecting Rh-positive babies), infection of the amniotic fluid, peritonitis, the development of blood clots, placental hemorrhage, needle injury to the fetus, and premature labor and possibly miscarriage. Therefore, great care must be taken in recommending, and then in performing, amniocentesis. Make sure your health care provider is well trained and experienced in performing this test (or any other of the interventive tests mentioned) to reduce the risk and possibility of complications.
This test can determine the sex of the fetus. However, it definitely should not be performed only to find this out. This test should be performed only if you plan to terminate the pregnancy if an abnormality is found, or if knowledge of any problem is necessary for proper prenatal care.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Amniocentesis
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Amniocentesis: How To Do The Test
CHORIONIC VILLUS SAMPLING (CVS)
The chorionic villi are finger-like projections of the embryonic sac that contain cells with the same genetic composition as the embryo. In this test, a small sample of this chorionic tissue is taken and analyzed to determine genetic abnormalities in the fetus. It can be performed earlier than amniocentesis, usually between the eighth and tenth weeks of pregnancy, and takes about a half hour to complete.
Possible dangers from CVS include infection, maternal or fetal bleeding, spontaneous abortion, Rh immunization, birth defects, and perforation of the membrane surrounding the embryo. CVS is generally considered to be slightly riskier than amniocentesis. The chief advantage is that it can be performed earlier in pregnancy, when termination, if deemed necessary, is a simpler and less dangerous procedure. As with all tests, you should outweigh all the pluses and minuses carefully before making a decision.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Ultrasound is a procedure in which high-frequency sound waves are bounced off objects to create images of these objects. This technology was originally developed for the space program and is often used in oceanography (mapping out the ocean floor) and for use as a military device (such as locating submarines). However scientists later found uses for ultrasound in medical diagnosis including prenatal care.
One form of ultrasound, the sonogram or B-scan, directs intermittent sound waves toward the pregnant woman's abdomen. An outline of the fetus, placenta, and other structures involved in pregnancy is transmitted to a video screen. In this way, the health care provider can determine fetal size and position, estimate the maturity of the fetus, confirm a multiple pregnancy, find the location of the placenta, check the fetal heart rate, and estimate the baby's due date.
Ultrasound is effective and is far safer for the fetus than x-ray. Like all medical tests, it should only be used when medically indicated and not used as general test for all pregnant women and their babies. Some concern has been raised about long term effects ultrasound may have on the developing fetus.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Ultrasound
ESTRIOL EXCRETION STUDIES, NON-STRESS TEST, OXYTOCIN CHALLENGE TEST
These tests are also used to determine the health of the fetus. The estriol excretion study determines the best time for delivery of the baby in cases of diabetes or other difficulties in pregnancy. The non-stress test determines the well-being, and the oxytocin challenge test helps to predict how well the baby will fare during the stress of labor.
If it is determined that any of these tests are necessary, your health care provider or midwife should discuss it with you in depth. When considering any type of prenatal testing, always remember that it is your body and your baby. You should be fully informed of all the advantages and all the risks of any procedure before agreeing to it.
OTHER TESTS & LINKS
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Alpha-Fetoprotein Assessment (AFP)
MoonDragon's Lab Information: AFP Testing (How It Is Done)
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Genetic Screen Testing
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Rollover Stress Test
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Assessment of Fetal Movement
MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Fetal Activity Test
MoonDragon's Womens Procedures: Fetal Assessment Chart
MoonDragon's Laboratory Information: Lab Tests
If possible, plan your trip for the second trimester of pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage is greatest during the first trimester and in the third trimester, early labor could begin.
SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT TRAVEL
Travel does not adversely affect pregnancy. Avoid sitting for many hours without getting up and moving around. Empty your bladder frequently so as to avoid an increased risk of bladder infections caused by retained urine. Do not take any anti-nausea travel medications without your midwife's approval. Carry a record of your medical history with you.
Avoid travel if you have a threatened miscarriage or a history of miscarriage. Avoid travel to areas at high altitudes or areas where certain vaccinations (that may be hazardous during pregnancy) would be necessary.
Airlines will not allow you to fly late in pregnancy (usually, the last month) without a letter stating your midwife's or health care provider's approval.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Traveling
Frequent urination is a natural byproduct of the early and last months of pregnancy. It is primarily a result of changes in kidney function and pressure from the expanding uterus. Many women find it most common during the night.
SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING FREQUENT URINATION
Although it may seem that drinking liquids aggravates this problem, do not cut down on fluid intake in an attempt to minimize it. Drink 8 full glasses of liquid each day. This is important to keep your kidneys in good working order, flushing toxins and wastes from your blood stream from both you and your baby and to provide fluid for your expanding blood volume and to maintain a healthy amount of amniotic fluid (which is changed frequently) for the baby.
Use the toilet whenever you need to urinate. Do not hold in your urine as this can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs).
MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Cystitis (Bladder Infection)
Varicose veins are enlarged veins close to the surface of the skin. In many cases they disappear after the birth of the baby. They may be found in the legs or in the vulva area. When varicose veins are located around the anus, they are referred to as hemorrhoids.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR VARICOSE VEINS
As often as possible, sit with your feet elevated, higher than your heart. Change positions frequently. Do not stand or sit for long periods of time or sit in cross-legged positions. Walk one mile or 30 minutes each day to promote circulation. Wear support hose if your midwife or health care provider recommends them. Keep them near your bed and put them on before you get out of bed. Do not wear elastic-topped knee socks, garters, belts, or high-heeled shoes.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns: Bowel Tips
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Constipation
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Varicose Veins
VIDEO DISPLAY TERMINALS (COMPUTERS)
Medical studies to date have not demonstrated a convincing association between use of these devices and an increased rate of miscarriage, low-birth-weight or birth defects.
SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING COMPUTER USE
Sitting for long periods in front of a computer does cause other symptoms which can compound the normal discomforts of pregnancy. These include back, neck, wrist, arm and eye strain, dizziness and headaches. Be sure to take frequent breaks from the sitting position and do stretching or relaxation exercises. Use an adjustable height chair with good back support and have the keyboard and monitor at a comfortable height. Do not slouch.
REPETITIVE STRESS & CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROMES
Pregnancy and the postpartum period place women at an increased risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Swelling, fluid retention, and increased blood-volume can restrict and compress the medial nerve as it passes through the wrist, the carpal tunnel, and into the hand, causing pain in the hand, wrist and arm. Repetitive stress injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are increasingly common, and because they have the potential to cause long-term disability, must not be ignored.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
- Pain in your hand.
- Pain in your wrist, sometimes extending into the forearm.
- Weakness in the hand.
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers, wrist and hand, especially after several hours of use or at night.
If you have any of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other repetitive stress injury, see your health care provider or a physical therapist who specializes in repetitive motion injuries and the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Sometimes subtle problems may compound and overlap. Pathology or injury may originate in the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. An expert in nerve injuries will be able to conduct the proper tests and correctly diagnose the problem. After your diagnosis, you can receive the appropriate therapy.
Be Persistent: Do Not Take "No" for an Answer: Increasingly, some HMO practitioners will advise a wait and see attitude, or suggest to new moms that they try not to use their wrists and hands throughout the day as they care for their newborns. They may be advised not to pick up their babies. Certainly, since wrist pain can come from overuse and it can be wise to cut back on unneeded activity. But no activity is another matter. Don't take no for an answer from your health care provider.
TIPS FOR WRIST PAIN FROM OVERUSE
Set up an ergonomically sound workstation. Refrain from all exercises that flex the wrist or bear weight on the hands, such as push-ups, bench presses, and quadruped exercises. Do not use tools or exercise equipment that require you to sustain or repeatedly apply a tight grip. Avoid tools that require you to repeatedly twist or flex your wrist. Take frequent breaks from keyboard work and other tasks that might compromise areas prone to repetitive motion injury, such as the carpal tunnel. Try to maintain a neutral wrist-position (neither flexed or extended) throughout your daily activities. When working at a repetitive motion task that makes it hard to keep your wrists in a neutral position, such as keyboard work, or when having a flare-up of symptoms at night, use wrist braces to hold your wrist(s) in the neutral position and reduce stress.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Consider these suggestions to help you stay well and have an emotionally rewarding pregnancy:
- Define and resolve areas of concern or conflict involving family, occupation, civic, spiritual, emotional, or recreational activities. If you cannot resolve these problems alone, do not hesitate to seek help from family, friends, or competent counselors.
- Be moderate in all activities. Seek a balanced lifestyle of work, intellectual pursuits, recreation, reflection, and rest. Keep a positive attitude and make lifestyle changes as necessary.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PREGNANCY CONCERNS & PROBLEMS
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pregnancy Related Disorders
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR PREGNANCY
During pregnancy, it is more important than ever to have a balanced diet that is high in nutrients and fiber and low in bad fats and cholesterol. The following are recommendations for maintaining health in pregnancy. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
Iron As prescribed by health care provider. Take with 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. To restore iron. Extra Iron is needed during pregnancy. Increase Fiber consumption, as iron supplements may cause constipation. Caution: do not take Iron unless anemia is diagnosed. Floradix Iron Plus Herbs As directed on label. Contains a readily absorbable form of iron that is non-toxic and from a natural source.
Floradix Iron Plus Herbs is easily absorbed and non-constipating. Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Floradix Iron + Herbs provides a very highly absorbable form of iron and combines it with B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, digestive herbs, specially cultured nutritional yeast (Sacharomyces cerevisiae), plus ocean kelp, and extracts of wheat germ and rosehips. Floradix Iron + Herbs offers nutrients required for proper growth, energy, and for maintaining optimum health. All family members can enjoy the health benefits of this liquid formulation. Unlike other iron products, Floradix Iron + Herbs is non-constipating. Aqueous extract from: carrot, nettle wort, spinach, quitch roots, angelica roots, fennel, ocean kelp, African mallow blossom, orange peel, juice concentrates (pear, red, grape, black currant, orange, blackberry, cherry, beetroot), (with or without) yeast extract (saccharomyces cerevisiae), honey, rosehip extract, wheat germ extract, natural flavor. Directions: Shake bottle well before using. Take before meals. Adults (12 and over): Take 2 teaspoons (half of measuring cap), twice daily before meals. Children (4 to 11 years old): Take 2 teaspoons (half of measuring cap), once daily before a meal. For Kosher Use: Mix two teaspoons (half of measuring cap) into a half a glass of water or juice.
Floradix Supplement Products Protein As directed on label. A lack of protein has been linked to birth defects. Use protein from a vegetable source, such as soybean. Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Sometimes edema is caused by inadequate protein assimilation. Protein deficiency has been linked to water retention. Quercetin
500 mg daily. A valuable bioflavonoid that promotes proper circulation. Vitamin B-Complex 50 mg 3 times daily, with meals. Needed for proper digestion. All B Vitamins work best when taken together. To prevent deficiencies. Plus Extra
400 to 800 mcg daily. Adequate levels of folic acid reduce the chance of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Recommended for women throughout the childbearing years, and especially in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy. Plus Extra
200 mcg 3 times daily. Important for metabolism including the processes of energy generation, the formation of red blood cells, the maintenance of the centeral nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord. Vitamin B-12 is important for nutrition, digestion, absorption, elimination, respiration, circulation and temperature regulation. Use a lozenge or sublingual form. Vitamin C
2,000 to 4,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Larger doses taken before delivery may help to reduce labor pain. Essential for adrenal function and production of adrenal hormones, which are vital for proper fluid balance and control of edema. Helps prevent blood clotting and strengthens vessels. Zinc 15 to 25 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 75 mg daily from all supplements during pregnancy. Insufficient Zinc intake may be a cause of low birth weight. Important for immune gunction. Zinc is found to be deficient in people with depression. Use zinc gluconate lozenges, zinc chelate, or Opti-Zinc for best absorption.
As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Acidophilus is necessary to provide "friendly" flora for the small intestine that improves assimilation of nutrients and aid in digestion and to prevent candidiasis (yeast infection), protect the baby at birth, and ensure proper assimilation of nutrients. Use a non-dairy formula. Kyo-Dophilus contains both garlic and acidophilus. Milk-free and heat-resistant. Green Foods
As directed on label. Enhances circulation and helps build healthy cells. Supplies nutrients and chlorophyll needed for repair. Important in immune response. Use liquid or tablet form. Also prepare fresh Green Drinks from green leafy vegetables. Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Necessary for formation of healthy bones and teeth. May prevent hypertension and premature birth. Magnesium 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with and help uptake of calcium. Carotene Complex
10,000 IU daily. Important antioxidant. Precursor to Vitamin A. Caution: Do not substitute Vitamin A for Beta Carotene. Excessive in take of Vitamin A during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Coenzyme Q-10 As directed on label. Helps the body convert food to energy, enhances circulation, and protects the heart. Digestive Multi-Enzyme Complex 1 Capsule with each meal. A digestive aid that helps promote better digestion. Avoid any complex that contains hydrochoric acid (HCl). Bromelain Take 250 to 500 mg twice daily, between meals. Bromelain aids in protein digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
Bromelain is a proteolytic, that is, protein-digesting enzyme obtained from the stem of the pineapple plant. Many health care professonals recommend bromelain for healthy, flexible joints. Bromelains effectiveness is due to its ability to maintain joint flexibility by reducing prostaglandins in the body. Bromelain can aid in the absorption of nutrients through the tissues and keep joints flexible. Bromelain increases absorption of quercetin. A natural, non-toxic protease inhibitor. Bromelain facilitates protein digestion when taken with food and acts as an inflammatory when taken on an empty stomach. It can heal minor injuries such as sprains, strains, muscle injuries, pain, swelling, and tenderness. The well documented anti-inflammatory effect of bromelain has been found very useful for many with sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because bromelain prevents platelet stickiness, it acts to thin blood and mucus. Some trials have show bromelain to be useful for those with asthma. Caution: People with allergies to pineapple may develop a rash from bromelain. If itching develops, discontinue use.
Bromelain Supplement Products Kelp As directed on label. Rich in necessary minerals. Multimineral Complex As directed on label. For optimal health and to provide a balance of nutrients needed for fetal development. Needed to reduce stress. Prenatal Multinutrient Complex As directed on label. To provide a balance of nutrients basic to good circulatroy function and to support pregnancy. Vitamin D 1,000 IU daily. Needed for calcium absorption, bone formation and proper immune ssytem function.
Vitamin D is necessary for proper immune function. Aids in Calcium uptake and is necessary for healthy bones and teeth and is also needed for adequate blood levels of insulin. People in northern latitudes or those who do not drink adequate milk, at risk of osteoporosis, have dark skin, live in a cloudy environment, or get out in the sun very much will require more vitamin D-3 supplementation than people who live closer to the equator or sunbathe frequently. Vitamin D is made in our bodies when sunlight converts a chemical in the skin into a usable form of the vitamin. Due to the perils of too much sunlight, concerns have been raised about a decrease in Vitamin D levels particularly in at-risk groups. A deficiency of vitamin D may not only have an impact on bone health, but also immune function, mood and birth weight. Alongside calcium, vitamin D is considered one of the big 3required nutrients together with folic acid and omega 3-fatty acids. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in strict vegetarians (who avoid vitamin D-fortified dairy foods), dark-skinned people, alcoholics, and people suffering intestinal malabsorption disorders such as celiac disease, reduced liver or kidney function.
Vitamin D Supplement Products Vitamin E 200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day. Premature and low birth weight infants are often deficient in Vitamin E. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Vitamin K 100 mcg daily. Needed for healing and to prevent bleeding. Promotes nutrient absorption and has a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract. Deficiency is common in those with digestive disorders.
RECOMMENDED PREGNANCY NUTRIENT PRODUCTS
Acidophilus Supplement Products Amino Acid Complex Supplement Products Beta Carotene Supplement Products Bifidus Supplement Products Bioflavonoids Supplement Products Bromelain Enzyme Supplement Products Calcium Supplement Products Carotene Complex Supplement Products Chlorophyll Supplement Products Coenzyme Q-10 Supplement Products Multi-Enzyme Complex Supplement Products Fiber Supplement Products Floradix Iron Supplement Products Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9) Supplement Products Green Foods Supplement Products Iron Supplement Products Kelp Herbal Products Kyo-Dophilus Supplement Products Kyo-Green Supplement Products Magnesium Supplement Products Multi-Mineral Complex Supplement Products Prenatal Multinutrient Supplement Products Protein Supplement Products Quercetin Supplement Products Spirulina Supplement Products Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Vitamin D Supplement Products Vitamin E Supplement Products Vitamin K Supplement Products Wheat Grass Herbal Products Zinc Supplement Products
SUGGESTED DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS FOR PREGNANCY
DHA OMEGA-3 EFA
DHA is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid and must be obtained from dietary sources or a high-quality supplement. Pregnancy and lactation can place high demands on your body and deplete your DHA reserves. DHA is especially important in the last trimester of pregnancy and the first few months of an infantís life when the childís brain undergoes rapid growth.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS & OMEGA-RICH FISH OILS
Essential fatty acids have a unique role during pregnancy because of the rapid development of new cell growth, new tissues, and new organ systems in a developing fetus. Fetal development is associated with a high EFA requirement, and this supply is dependent on the amount and availability of EFAs from the mother. Prostaglandins are also involved in the development and clinical expression of pre-eclampsia. These prostaglandins are modulators of vascular smooth muscle tone and platelet aggregation (blood platelets sticking together). Pre-eclampsia is characterized by increased vasoconstriction, frequently associated with increased platelet aggregation, reduced uteroplacental blood flow, and premature delivery. In a placebo-controlled clinical trial, a group of pregnant women receiving a combination of Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) and Fish Oil had a significantly lower incidence of edema. Evening Primrose Oil has also been shown effective in preventing pregnancy-induced hypertension (associated with pre-eclampsia and preterm labor).
There is some evidence that EPO, taken both orally and vaginally can be used to promote cervical ripening. Clinically, EPO supplementation during pregnancy has been found by practitioners of natural childbirth to be an efficacious method to stimulate cervical ripening during labor, and PGE1 is known to stimulate cervical ripening and hasten the progression of labor. Although practitioners using this supplement report no adverse effects, a retrospective trial comparing the oil to no supplement did not note a difference between groups and there was a suggestion that there was an increased incidence of premature rupture of membranes, labor augmentation, and assisted vaginal delivery in the evening primrose group.
The main food sources of essential fatty acids are raw seeds and nuts or fish. Whole and ground Flax Seeds or the purified Flax Seed Oil are excellent sources of the two essential oils, linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Borage Oil and Black Currant Oil can be taken in capsule form as nutritional supplements.
Maternal levels of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, decrease during pregnancy. EFAs are components of breast milk and maternal levels may be reduced further in nursing women. For the fetus, a deficiency of EFAs, particularly EPA and DHA, may lead to a poorly developed central nervous system. EFA deficiency may also lead to intrauterine growth retardation leading to a lower whole body weight and slower growth of the brain. Supplementation with a daily complex of essential fatty acids and Fish Oils during pregnancy provides vital nutrients that supply the necessary EFAs for the increased nutritional and metabolic demand throughout the nine months of gestation.
Several trials have been conducted to study the effects of Fish Oil supplementation on the duration of pregnancy. In one such study, fish oil was investigated for its effects on pregnancy duration, birthweight, intrauterine growth restriction and pregnancy induced hypertension: 2.7 g/day of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was compared to an olive oil and/or no supplement. The fish oil supplemented pregnancies lasted 4 days longer and birthweight was 107 gm greater. Fish oil also appeared to be related to a reduction in the risk of preterm delivery in those women who had a previous preterm delivery. There was no effect of fish oil on intrauterine growth restriction or pregnancy induced hypertension.
Although research clearly shows that moderate EFA supplementation is beneficial and safe for pregnant women, caution should be exercised when consuming large doses. Also, there may be some caution about increased fish intake due to the mercury content. Fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish and tuna have higher mercury content than other fish. Salmon Fish Oil is a preferred selection of fish oil.
RECOMMENDED EFA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Black Currant Herbal Oil Products Borage Herbal Oil Products EFA Supplement Products Evening Primrose Herbal Oil Products Flaxseed Herbal Oil Products Flaxseed Herbal Products Prenatal DHA Supplement Products Salmon Fish Oil Products Wheat Germ Herbal Products Wheat Germ Herbal Oil Products
Potassium levels may be deficient in pregnancy, with lowest concentrations in women with eclampsia. Supplementation is recommended. Food sources are bananas, potatoes (especially peels), olives, bran, and green leafy vegetables. Herbs are Alfalfa, Chamomile, Dandelion, and Nettles.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Potassium Supplement Information
RECOMMENDED POTASSIUM-RICH PRODUCTS
Alfalfa Herbal Products Chamomile Herbal Products Dandelion Herbal Products Nettles Herbal Products Potassium Supplement Products
When women who chronically abort were placed on Citrus Bioflavonoids daily as soon as a period was missed, many stopped aborting. One study demonstrated that previously Rh immunized mothers treated with bioflavonoids during their pregnancy delivered babies who were less erythroblastotic than expected.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Bioflavonoids Supplement Information
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamin C Supplement Information
RECOMMENDED BIOFLAVONOIDS-RICH PRODUCTS
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VITAMIN A & BETA CAROTENE PRODUCTS
Daily doses of 40,000 units or more of Vitamin A during pregnancy may be toxic, while doses lower than 10,000 units appear to be safe. A study of 22,000 pregnant women, those who consumed more than 15,000 units of vitamin A per day from food and supplements, or 10,000 units as a supplement, showed a significant increase in birth defects associated with cranialneural-crest tissue (several-fold higher incidents of birth defects). Most of these women consumed the vitamin A before the seventh week of pregnancy. Rat studies show a possible link to folic acid metabolism. Elevated levels of vitamin A in the blood have also been correlated with low birth weights.
Preterm infants have been shown to be deficient in vitamin A, which may predispose them to development of chronic lung disease. Healthy pregnant women who developed pre-eclampsia were shown to be deficient in vitamin A (but not Beta-Carotene). Pre-eclampsia is a potentially dangerous condition characterized by high blood pressure, swelling, and /or protein spilling into the urine. Supplementation with no more than 6,000 units of vitamin A is recommended. Do not exceed 10,000 IU daily during pregnancy. Beta-Carotene, which has the same positive effects as vitamin A, has not been associated with toxicity or teratogenicity in humans or animals.
Plant sources of the non-toxic "provitamin A" beta carotene are organic fruits and vegetables, especially yellow and orange ones; for example, one sweet potato or one cup of carrot juice contains 25,000 IU of beta carotene. Food sources are yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, Alfalfa, Cayenne, Comfrey, Dandelion, Elderberry, Lamb's Quarters, and Kelp (Seaweed).
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Mountain Rose Herbs: Chamomile Herbal Tea, Certified Organic, Bulk & Loose Leaf Organic Herbal Teas
An aromatic and flavorful tea made from whole Chamomile flowers. Great after dinner and especially useful just before bed. A traditional remedy for lulling children to sleep, and is beneficial for upset tummies. Contains: organic Chamomile flowers.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Fidnemed Nighttime Tea, Certified Organic, Bulk & Loose Leaf Organic Herbal Teas
Relax with some of this full flavored infusion blend at the end of a hectic day. We almost called this Sleep on Rocks because it works so well. Fidnemed means a sacred and quiet forest grove; imagine falling asleep surrounded by beautiful botanicals as you enjoy a cup of this tea. Contains: organic Lemon Balm, organic Hibiscus flowers, organic Skullcap, organic Passionflower, organic Hops flowers, organic Valerian root, and organic Lavender flowers.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Honey ZZZ Herbal Honey Spread, Mockingbird Meadows, Herbal Bitters, Elixirs & Syrups, 6 oz. Jar
Honey spreads are a great alcohol-free way to incorporate herbs into your daily routines. Sleeping problems are some of the most common issue today. Give this spread a try before bed if you are having trouble finding those ZZZs that we all need. If you are waking in the middle of the night, try a spoonful than as well. The taste of this spread touches on the bitter of the hops while bringing out its flora notes. Overall, delicious! Add it to your favorite nighttime tea, it also makes a tasty sweet treat on its own - the possibilities are endless. Raw honey should not be added to anything that is actively heating or boiling. Do not feed raw honey to infants less than 1 year of age. Contains: raw Honey, Hops, organic Skullcap, and organic Passionflower in a 6 ounce jar.
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Contains organic and wildharvested Valerian, Wild Lettuce, Blue Vervain, Hops annd organic grain alcohol.
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A sweet smelling balm that can be applied to your temples and forehead before drifting off to sleep. Also popularly used during the day in moments of anxiety or tension. A great product for your evening ritual, which helps you to drift into peaceful slumber. Excellent for children! Contains: Organic Lavender flowers, Rose petals, organic Hops flowers, organic Mugwort, organic Borage, organic Rosemary, organic Chamomile flowers, and pure essential oils in a base of Sweet Almond oil, organic Olive oil and Beeswax. Choose from 2 sizes.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Sound Sleep Capsules, Gaia Herbs, 60 Caps
This formula offers ultimate support for refreshing and revitalizing sleep and promotes restfulness and support for the body during occasional times of stress. It also encourages Trophorestoration of the nervous system. Not for long-term use. Contains: Organic Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis), GABA (Gamma amniobutyric acid), L-Glycine, Kava Kava Root (Piper methysticum), organic Passionflower Vine (Passiflora incarnata), organic California Poppy Herb (Eschscholzia californica), organic Hops Strobile (Humulus lupulus), organic Skullcap Herb (Scutellaria lateriflora), Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule). Each capsule contains the equivalent of 900 mg. crude herb. 60 capsules per bottle.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Sleep Ease Oil Blend, Combination Amber & Resin Oil Blends, 1/2 fl. oz.
A wonderful solution to stress and tension! This soothing and very relaxing aromatherapy blend has a mellow, mildly warm, and slightly sweet fragrance with a pleasant bittersweet undertone. It is sure to lull you off to sleep. Try on your temple, put a few drops on a cloth inside your pillow or, enjoy just an aromatic "sniff" during the day for an instant calming stress-reliever! Contains: Organic Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, and a blend of pure essential oils including sweet Marjoram, Hops, Valerian, Moroccan Chamomile, organic Roman Chamomile, and organic Lavender. 1/2 oz. bottle.
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