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There are a lot of changes associated with pregnancy. As a result, the body of a woman may respond in ways that are difficult to deal with. This page addresses a lot of common issues women experience during their pregnancy.

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Common Complaints

Can I do anything to prevent morning sickness and nausea?

There are may little changes you can make to your diet that will help nausea and morning sickness. For starters, try to eat dry toast or crackers before rising from bed. You should also eat 5-8 small meals a day instead of 3 big meals. Also, try to avoid greasy or spicy food. In addition, if you're taking any vitamins or iron, make sure to take them after a meal as opposed to on an empty stomach.

Is there any medicine I can take for nausea?

Your doctor will prescribe you with appropriate medication, if it's needed.

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Is there anything I can do about breast tenderness?

Make sure to wear a well-supported bra. There are maternity bras available to help with this issue.

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How can I relieve fatigue?

Get plenty of rest and eat a well-balanced diet. Take breaks from activities, as you should always try not to overexert yourself.

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What can I do about heartburn?

Drink a glass of milk before meals, and when you eat, eat slowly. Try to eat many small meals instead of a couple of large ones. Greasy and spicy foods are not a good idea. If the issue persists, Maalox, Mylanta and Tums are safe for you to take.

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How do I relieve constipation?

Increase your fluid and fiber intake, and try to exercise at a moderate pace. You can also safely take Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil or Fiberall to help with the problem. If you have diarrhea, take Immodium or Keopectate.

Is there anything I can do for urinary frequency?

You should keep a healthy amount of fluids coming into your system, but decrease your intake in the evening. When you feel like you have to go, do not hold it. Use the bathroom as soon as possible.

What do I do if hemorrhoids flare up?

Take a warm sitz bath or use Tucks pads or Anusol. Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods. Also, don't strain yourself with your bowel movements.

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How can I relieve back pain?

Don't overexert yourself or let yourself become exceedingly fatigued. Wear low-heeled shoes and practice good posture. When you lay or sit, elevate your legs to relieve pressure. You may also apply warm, moist heat to the area in question to soothe the pain.

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What about leg cramp relief?

Increase your consumption of dairy products, and avoid sitting on, or crossing, your legs. Elevate your legs when you sit and wear loose clothing to prevent edema or swelling. Avoid standing for long periods of time.

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What can I do about shortness of breath?

Sit up straight and take long, deep breaths. When going to sleep or when resting, prop your head up with pillows.

What do I do if I get dizzy?

Make sure you're taking in a well-balanced diet, and avoid skipping meals. Make sure you stand up slowly from a seated or laying position.

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What do I do about headaches?

Get as much rest and relaxation as you can. Also make sure you exercise moderately when you're able. Avoid skipping meals.

If I get a headache, or a fever, what medication should I take?

Tylenol is safe to take, be it regular or extra strength. If your fever exceeds 101 degrees, call your doctor immediately.

What about colds and allergies?

You may take Chlortrimeton. Sudafed, Tavist or Tylenol Sinus, without risk of harming the baby.

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What do I do if I have trouble sleeping?

Take a nice, warm shower before going to bed. A warm glass of milk might help too. try to avoid heavy meals close to bedtime. When in bed, try sleeping on your side, or using extra pillows to support your back and/or abdomen.

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