Pregnancy is a scare yet exciting time in a woman’s life. It’s okay to be scared and no one expects you to know everything as soon as your little on is conceived. We’ve curated the top 3 things women wonder during pregnancy and we hope the answers give you a bit of closure!
1. How can I naturally suppress morning sickness?
We’ve all heard of the dreaded morning sickness, but how can we prevent it or make it go away? Vomiting is no fun, but knowing that you’re able to relieve it naturally is exciting! The HCG hormone levels cause morning sickness. These levels rise when a woman becomes pregnant, causing one to vomit more than usual. If your symptoms are mild, taking vitamin B6 three times at a low dosage of 25mg a day will help you! You can usually find this at your local pharmacy under the name of Unisom.
You can also take your mom’s tips from when you were younger: ginger ale and crackers. Rumor has it that wrist pressure bands also aid in fighting mild morning sickness.
2. Are over the counter medications okay?
Some are, but not all. If you are feeling sick with a cold, an allergy relief medication such as loratidine (the OTC form of Claritin) can help you tremendously. This has also been recommending by physicians as a safe OTC medication for women who are pregnant.
If you have a headache and natural relief isn’t working, the ONLY OTC pain reliever that should be taken in acetaminophen. Any other medications can seriously harm the development of your baby. This means you MUST avoid ibuprofen and aspirin as well as other OTC medications. Research shows that when women take ibuprofen, it can prematurely close the ductus arteriosis, which is a vessel in the fetus’ heart. It can also mess with amniotic fluid levels.
3. How much should I eat? Why can’t I eat fish?
Since you are developing another human in your body, you want to make sure you eat at least 300 calories extra, and this is for people who are of normal weight. If you are underweight, you will require a significant amount more. Generally, a woman will need almost 80 more grams of protein a day and at least one serving of dairy per meal.
Eating cheese is fine, but they must be pasteurized and hard. Never, ever touch undercooked cheese or meat. Fish, however, you should avoid eating great amounts of fish. This is because the mercury levels can harm the development of the baby. Cooking fish does not suppress or remove the mercury, therefor only one serving per week is recommended. Fish you should avoid all together include:
Eating, medications and morning sickness are all things that women think about before a pregnancy and at the beginning stages. Once the second trimester occurs, the routine of what you can and cannot eat is a little easier to handle.