If you have a headache
- Try to optimize your hydration! You will know you are well hydrated when your urine is a clear yellow color.
- Try to sleep well- getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep nightly is preferable
- Try to eat at regular intervals- if your blood sugar is too low, headaches are more common.
- Tylenol as directed, not to exceed 4000mg/day (preferably less than 3000mg/day when you are pregnant)
- Fioricet- can be prescribed by your provider
AVOID ibuprofen, aspirin products, and Aleve unless directed otherwise by the provider.
If you have a cold/cough
- Increase your intake of fluids as it is very easy to become dehydrated when you have nasal congestion which leads to more frequent mouth breathing.
- Increase your intake of foods/drinks that contain vitamin C
- Minimize your chance of getting exposed to a viral illness:
- Wash your hands or use an antibacterial gel prior to eating in public places
- If you are traveling by air, wash your hands and wipe down your tray table with a disinfectant wipe
- Try to encourage your family members, children and friends to cough into their elbows which will reduce aerosolized germs to be spread between you and them
- Get the flu vaccine before the season starts each November. The flu vaccine, the non-live virus version, is safe to take before and during your pregnancy. Your close family members should also receive a flu vaccine if you will be delivering before June to minimize exposure to you and your newborn to the flu.
- Try to remove your outer garments or change your clothing on arrival to your home if using public transportation or in large crowds prior to arrival at home
- Tylenol as directed for body aches and pains (do not exceed 4000mg/day)
- Sudafed, Mucinex, Benadryl as directed (drink extra fluids when using these products to reduce dehydration)
- Robitussin DM or CF 4. Cough drops such as Halls or Riccola are safe to use.
- AVOID: High zinc containing cough drops, e.g. cold-eeze and alcohol containing medications such as Nyquil
CAUTION: IF PRODUCTIVE COUGH WITH BRIGHT YELLOW OR GREEN SPUTUM OR SYMPTOMS PERSIST AFTER 48 HOURS OF OVER THE COUNTER MEDS CALL OB PROVIDER
If you are constipated
1. You will want to drink enough fluids daily to make your urine a clear yellow color. For most women, this commonly would mean drinking 8-10 glasses of water/fluids daily (approx. 64 oz.).
2. Try to eat more foods that encourage good bowel function. Diets rich in fiber and fresh fruit can be helpful.
- Stool Softeners- such as Colace 100mg, 1-2 x/day may be helpful. You may also change your prenatal vitamin to one that contains a stool softener.
- Fiber supplements- such as Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon, Sennokot. If you use a fiber supplement it is best to drink 1 extra glass of water than is recommended on the product instructions to reduce unnecessary bloating
- Laxatives- should be avoided if possible. If you are advised to use a laxative, consider Miralax 1x/day or MOM ( Milk of Magnesia) as directed 1-2 x/day.
If none of these products result in improved symptoms within 48 hours please contact us to discuss further.
These are dilated rectal veins that result primarily from the pressure of your growing baby on your pelvic veins. They can be exacerbated by episodes of constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids are very common in pregnancy and after delivery. They can itch, burn, or bleed and become very uncomfortable.
- To minimize hemorrhoid development try to avoid constipation
- Use a moist wipe such as a hypoallergenic adult wipe or baby diaper wipe for cleansing around the rectum to reduce irritation
- Try a warm sitz bath 2-3 x/day to reduce discomfort
- Wear comfortable clothing that is not restrictive
- Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time
1. You can use Tucks pads for wiping; the Witchhazel in them can be very soothing
2. Use topical creams such as Prep H or Anusol HC, on the affected area 3x/day for 4-5days
3. Prescription strength cream and suppositories are available if you get minimal relief with the over the counter creams and suggestions above. Please call our office if you think you need additional medication.
If you have Nausea
- Try to eat small frequent meals. Nausea worsens if your stomach is empty
- Try to stick to a bland diet with minimal spice and grease
- Try to reduce dairy, fatty or fried foods and citrus. Different foods help or hinder each individual pregnant woman. You may need to try different foods to see what agrees with you best.
- It is extremely important to keep well hydrated: ginger ale, mint teas, watered down Gatorade (that is a 50:50 ratio of water and Gatorade) may be more easily tolerated than water
- Try to suck on candy- ginger or mint is best ( chewing gum often will make your nausea worse)
1. Seabands can be found in your pharmacy and can through acupressure reduce nausea in some women
2. If you suffer from nausea and/or vomiting that results in an inability to intake oral fluids for 4-6 hours please contact us immediately.
3. Prescription medications may be offered to you to aid in these symptoms including Diclegis, Zofran, Compazine, and Reglan.