Preparing for baby

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All expectant moms have questions. The information below will answer many of yours. If you have more questions, please call your doctor, our obstetrics staff, or Mercyhealth HealthLine at (608) 756-6100 or (888) 39-MERCY.

What to bring to the hospital

 

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Preparation classes

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or an addition to your family, bringing a new baby into the world is a major family event. Understanding your pregnancy and what to expect can help you feel confident and relaxed about the upcoming birth.

We suggest taking Mercyhealth Birthing Centers baby prep classes to help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy and birth. All classes are taught by registered nurses with expertise in maternity care.

Classes at Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Walworth

At Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Walworth, our labor and delivery nurses offer education sessions for interested mothers on the first Tuesday and second Saturday of each month. For more information, please call (262) 245-7700.

Classes at Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Janesville

The classes below are offered at Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Janesville. Class enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information on class dates and times, and to register, call Mercyhealth HealthLine at (608) 756-6100 or (888) 39-MERCY.

Classes at Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Rockford

The classes below are offered at Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Rockford. To register for one or more classes, please call (815) 971-DRDR (3737)

  • Breastfeeding
  • Car Seat Safety Checks
  • Infant and Child CPR
  • Newborn Care
  • Preparing for Childbirth
  • Siblings Understanding Newborns

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Preparation for childbirth prenatal classes

  • When do I need to start preparing for the birth?
  • What is the role of the labor companion?
  • Are there relaxation techniques that will help me during labor?

Fact: Understanding the birthing process can make you feel confident and relaxed.

This class helps you be as prepared as possible for the birth of your baby. Prenatal class topics include:

  • Anatomy
  • Stages of labor
  • Pregnancy warning signs
  • Vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean section
  • Fetal monitoring
  • Packing your bag
  • Medications
  • Inductions
  • Birth plans
  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Admission procedure
  • Mother’s recovery
  • Infant procedures
  • Infant sleep positions
  • Safety
  • Length of stay
  • Discharge procedure
  • Tour of the maternity unit

Three prenatal class options – Janesville

  • Three-week class: Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9 pm
  • Weekend encounter (offered every other month): Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 1 pm
  • Express class (offered four times a year): Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

The prenatal class and infant care classes are free of charge, but registration is required. Register for classes when you are four months pregnant; it is important to not wait until the last minute because class size is limited. To register, call Mercyhealth HealthLine at (608) 756-6100 or (888) 39-MERCY. You can also register online at MercyHealthSystem.org.
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Infant care classes

The following four infant care classes are generally offered one evening a week, 6-8 pm. Parents can take any or all of these classes. The best time to take these classes is during the last six weeks of the mother’s pregnancy.

Breastfeeding

  • The importance of nursing soon after delivery
  • The importance of skin to skin
  • Positions for nursing
  • Frequency of nursing
  • Colostrum vs. true milk
  • How to avoid difficulties (sore nipples and engorgement)
  • Inverted nipples
  • Preparing your breasts during pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Infant growth spurts
  • Mother’s nutrition
  • Burping
  • Pumping
  • Is the infant getting enough milk
  • Going back to work
  • Help available after discharge

Infant bathing

  • Demonstration of a sponge bath
  • Frequency of bathing
  • The best time to give your infant a bath
  • Newborn appearance (newborn rash, etc.)
  • Baby products
  • Temping
  • Bowel movements
  • Importance of getting your carseat professionally installed

CPR demonstration

Learn what to do if your infant is not breathing or is choking. Childproofing your home and recalls will be discussed. This class is not for certification.

Formula preparation

  • Different types of formula preparations (ready to feed, concentrate, and powder)
  • Different brands of formula
  • Importance of a clean technique
  • Different types of bottles and nipples
  • Burping
  • Pacifiers
  • Adding solids

Registration for all infant care classes is required by calling Mercyhealth HealthLine at (608) 756-6100 or toll-free (888) 39-MERCY. You can also register online at MercyHealthSystem.org.
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Sibling classes

  • How important is it to prepare older children to accept the new baby?
  • How can I get my older child excited about his important new role?

Fact: It is essential that older children feel confident about their role in the family.

Our monthly sibling class is designed to decrease the older child’s anxiety about the arrival of the new baby. This class enhances siblings’ pride in their new role as a big brother or sister. Children receive a certificate of completion. An adult must stay with the child.

2 to 3 year olds:
 Each child enjoys a tour of the New Generation Birthing Center and a picture to color for the new baby.

4 to 8 year olds: 
Older children enjoy a tour of the New Generations Birthing Center. There is also role-playing with a doll, plus a presentation on being an older sibling.

To register, call Mercyhealth HealthLine at (608) 756-6100 or (888) 39-MERCY. You can also register online at MercyHealthSystem.org.
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Fitness for Moms Maternity Fitness Classes

  • Can I continue or even begin aerobics classes?
  • Will exercise help me feel better?
  • Are there exercises that can relieve my discomfort during pregnancy and labor?

Fact: Staying active during pregnancy has many benefits.

Under the guidance of a Mercyhealth exercise specialist, and with equipment such as treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowing machines and stair climbers, healthy women in all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy can join our Fitness for Moms program to work to increase flexibility and aerobic fitness, improve body tone, strengthen muscle groups and learn relaxation techniques.

For more information, or to register, call Mercyhealth Cardiac Fitness Center, Janesville, at (608) 755-7996. Doctor consent is required before starting the program.
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When to call your doctor

Vaginal bleeding — Call your doctor any time you notice bright red vaginal bleeding. It is normal to have a pinkish discharge after a vaginal exam by your doctor or after intercourse.

When your baby does not move — As your baby grows during the last three months of your pregnancy, fetal movements will be much more noticeable, even causing discomfort. As an expectant mom, you’ll become accustomed to these movements and actually enjoy feeling this life inside you.

If the activity pattern of your baby changes, or if you do not feel movement, let your doctor know.

When your bag of water breaks — When your water breaks, you may notice a large gush or a constant trickle. The fluid lost through your vagina should be clear and usually have no odor; however, it could also be a greenish color. At times, as the baby gets larger and rests on your bladder, movement will cause an involuntary loss of urine. The color and odor will help you distinguish the difference; also, once the bag of water does break, you will continue to lose fluid, and usually will need to wear a sanitary pad to catch the fluid.

Please let your doctor know if your water is broken.

When you have severe frontal headaches — If you experience any severe headaches, visual disturbances or severe stomachaches (severe heartburn that is not relieved with an antacid), call your doctor.

When you are not due and you notice contractions — If you are more than three weeks from your due date, call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • Intestinal-like cramps with or without diarrhea
  • Pelvic pressure or rhythmic tightening that feels different from what you are used to and is less than 10 minutes apart
  • Watery discharge
  • A gush of fluid from the vagina

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What to expect during your hospital stay

Before you deliver
 — You will receive information during your pregnancy regarding your preparation classes. New Generations Birthing Centers offer public tours by appointment; all family members are welcome to participate. To make your tour appointment, call:

Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Janesville: (608) 756-6789

Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Walworth: (262) 245-7700

Mercyhealth Birthing Center-Rockford: (815) 971-5000

Visiting hours 
— Please discuss the number of visitors you may have during your labor with your obstetrics care provider.

Upon special request, a sibling 12 years or older can attend the birth. You must provide additional adult supervision for that child.

After the delivery
 — You and your baby will remain in the birthing room for about the first two hours of recovery. During this time, the nurse will closely monitor the well being of both you and your baby. Moms who will be breastfeeding are encouraged to begin nursing at this time.

Family and friends are allowed in the birthing room after the delivery equipment is removed, usually 20-30 minutes after delivery.

Rooming in — To facilitate bonding, we encourage you to keep your baby in your room as much as possible. There are only a few times during your stay (circumcision, lab testing, hearing screening) that the baby will need to be in the nursery.

Visiting hours
 — After you deliver, open visiting hours are until 9 pm. We encourage you to keep visitors to a minimum so you can get as much rest as possible. Anyone handling the baby should wash their hands and be free from illness.

During your stay 
— While you are with us, there will be many opportunities to learn how to take care of your baby. Our nurses are trained in mother-baby care and can answer your questions. We also have videos available to view in the privacy of your room. Instructions for bathing and feeding babies are available.

Our private rooms are furnished with sofa sleepers. One support person can stay with you, if desired. Children are not allowed to stay overnight. Please check with your nurse for guidelines.

Length of stay
 — Most insurance companies limit the time you can stay in the hospital. Please check with your provider before admission.

Car safety seats 
— Wisconsin law states: “Every child up to the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved car safety seat while riding in a motor vehicle.” It is important not to position the infant in a front seat, if there is an air bag. The safest place for your infant is in the back seat.
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What is … ?

A contraction? Your uterus is comprised of many muscles. To stay in shape, these muscles need to contract and relax, so that when the baby is due, they will be in shape to do their job. Uterine muscles tighten irregularly from about four weeks of pregnancy on. These are called Braxton-Hicks contractions. They differ from labor contractions because they do not tend to be regular, and they don’t get stronger as time goes on.

Try this:

  • Continue your regular activities. Walking may be helpful.
  • If you are uncomfortable, try to relax from head to toe.
  • Try a warm bath.
  • Generally, Braxton-Hicks contractions can be relieved by a change in position.
  • If contractions are persistent (less than 10 minutes apart), becoming stronger and do not go away, no matter what
you try, follow your doctor’s directions.

A mucus plug?
This is a jelly-like discharge that may be pinkish in color. It comes from the opening of the uterus, also known as the cervix, and is dislodged toward the end of pregnancy. It is normal to pass this plug and is nothing to worry about, unless there is also bright red blood. It can be passed up to two weeks before delivery. Many women do not notice loss of the plug.

Rupture of membranes? The rupture of membranes, also known as breaking of the bag of water, may be a sudden gush or a slow leak from the vagina. The fluid is usually clear or straw-colored, but could be greenish in color.

Once the bag of water has ruptured, you cannot do anything to stop the flow as you can with the flow of urine. (Note the time of leaking or rupture.) If your bag of water breaks, call your doctor or your labor and delivery department for instructions.

Pre-eclampsia? This disease that only affects pregnant women. Some symptom are a rise in blood pressure that is detected in a routine office visit, swelling of the feet and hands, large and rapid weight gain, visual changes, headache or pain under your right breast. The only cure is to deliver the baby.

Until the baby is mature enough to be born, your doctor may advise you to restrict your salt intake, rest with your feet elevated, or rest as much as you can in bed on your left side. He may also order non-stress tests to see how the baby is dealing with the change in the internal environment.

Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a flu-like illness caused by a parasite that is contracted by eating raw red meat or handling cat waste products. Fortunately, it is easy to minimize your chances of exposure, and there are tests that your doctor can do if this is a suspected problem. If you have a cat, avoid cleaning the litter box. Always thoroughly cook the meat you eat.
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Common pregnancy questions

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Before beginning any exercise routine, be sure to check with your doctor. In general, if your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you can continue doing the same sports or fitness activities you did before you were pregnant. If you feel any pain, nausea or dizziness, stop exercising immediately. Avoid any activities where falling is a possibility, such as horseback riding or skiing. For more information about a supervised exercise program, call the Mercyhealth Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Janesville at (608) 755-7996.

Can I take any medicines or over-the-counter drugs?

The general rule of thumb is that anything you eat goes to your baby, whether it is food or medicine. Use the following as little as possible:

  • Tylenol® for generalized discomfort
  • Maalox®, Tums® or similar antacids for indigestion
  • Metamucil® for constipation

Any other drug use should be under the direction of your doctor.

Can I have an occasional “social” drink during my pregnancy?

Most recent studies encourage not drinking any form of alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol, depending on the amount and point in your pregnancy, can have adverse effects on the mental and physical growth of your child.

Is sexual intercourse safe during pregnancy?

Unless your doctor tells you not to, sexual intercourse during your pregnancy will not harm you or your baby. If you experience any discomfort or pain during intercourse, try a position (for example, laying sideways) that is more comfortable for you. If you think your bag of water has broken, do not have intercourse or put any object into the vagina such as douches or tampons. If you have bleeding during or after intercourse, although not in itself a problem, talk to your doctor.

Can an ultrasound tell me the sex of my baby?

Ultrasounds are used by doctors to estimate due dates, determine if there is more than one baby, and to check the position of the baby. They can determine the sex of the baby, but not with 100% accuracy. Ultrasounds are done at specified times during your pregnancy to check on the health of your baby. The sex of your baby can often be determined around 20 weeks, but this is not the purpose of the ultrasound. Unfortunately, sometimes the baby’s position prevents the ultrasonographer from determining the baby’s gender.

How can I tell if I am overdue?

Your due date is based on your last menstrual period; it is an educated guess. If your cycles are irregular or you haven’t kept track of your periods, it is not uncommon to have the due date be off two weeks one way or the other from the date your doctor provides. It is not unusual for your doctor to do an early ultrasound to help pinpoint an estimated due date.
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Taking care of you!

Dental work — Your mouth’s normal bacteria and acid/alkaline balance changes during pregnancy. This may make you more
prone to cavities. It is a good idea to visit your dentist early in your pregnancy and have a thorough professional cleaning of your teeth and gums. This may help the tenderness and inflammation of gums that many women experience during pregnancy. Dental x-rays should be avoided until after delivery.

Nipple care — If you intend to breastfeed, here are some tips to prepare your nipples during the last month of pregnancy.

  • Clean your nipples with water and little-to-no soap.
  • Hold each nipple between your fingers and gently pull and roll it for a minute twice daily. You may use cream or oil if you wish. If you are allergic to wool, do not use lanolin, which is made from wool.
  • Go without a bra, or wear a nursing bra with the flaps down for a little while each day. This exposes your nipples to the air and the gentle friction of your clothing.
  • If you have flat nipples, or nipples that turn inward (inverted), these steps may be more difficult for you, but can still be done. Special breast shields may be worn to help extend the nipples if they are inverted. Ask your doctor if you need help.

Automobile safety — Being pregnant is not a reason to stop driving as long as you feel up to it. Seat belts will not harm your unborn child. Fasten the safety belt so the lap belt fits snugly across your upper thighs and under your abdomen. If your shoulder belt must also be used for the device to work right, place it between your breasts.

Remember: Most automobile accidents occur within 25 miles of home. You and your unborn child need the protection of a safety restraint system even on short trips to the mall or your doctor’s office. A major cause of death of unborn children is the death of the mother involved in an automobile accident. Using your safety restraint system can safe two lives

Air travel — Always check with your doctor before flying. If you are visibly pregnant, you should check with the airline you’ll be using to find out if it has any special regulations for flying while pregnant. Some airlines restrict travel during the week before you are due. You will probably feel better if you eat and drink sensibly during the flight. Fasten your seat belt loosely across your lap and under your abdomen.
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How your baby grows during pregnancy

The first two weeks: 
Your baby’s life and growth begin the moment a sperm joins an egg. Together the sperm and egg form one cell that divides at a rapid rate. By the end of the first week, the cluster of cells reaches the uterus where it will implant and grow. All of this has occurred even before you realize you are pregnant.

Third and fourth weeks: 
Your baby’s spinal cord, brain, heart and lungs are now starting to develop. The tiny heart begins to beat. The face is beginning to form and dark circles mark where the eyes will be. The baby is about 3⁄16″ long.

Second month: 
As the second month begins, your baby’s ears start to develop. Tiny buds that will grow into arms and legs start to form. The brain and spinal cord are now well-developed. The baby’s head is large compared to the rest of the body. At the end of eight weeks, your baby is about an inch long and weighs about about 1⁄30th of an ounce.

Third month: 
Your baby’s arms and feet are now fully formed. Fingernails and toenails begin to grow. The sex of the baby can now be seen and the internal sex organs are developing as well. By the end of three months, your baby is about three inches long and weighs about one ounce.

Fourth month: 
Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard using a special stethoscope. The baby already has eyebrows and eyelashes and can suck her thumb. By the end of the fourth month, your baby is about seven inches long and weighs about four ounces.

Fifth month: 
It is during this month that most mothers feel the baby move for the first time. This is called quickening. Your baby is busy developing muscles and exercising them. Your baby weighs from 1⁄2 to one pound and is about 10 to 12 inches long.

Sixth month: 
Baby’s skin is reddish in color, wrinkled and covered with a heavy, creamy coating called vernex. Vernex protects the baby’s delicate skin. Your baby is becoming quite active and you are able to feel the baby’s movements easily. Your baby measures 11 to 14 inches long and may weigh as much as 1-1⁄2 to 2 pounds.

Seventh month: 
During this month, your baby continues to grow and exercise. Your baby’s lungs are still not fully mature so if a baby is born at the end of seven months, he may need a skilled intensive care unit until he can breath without help.

Eighth month: 
Your baby is getting longer and fatter. If born prematurely at the end of this eighth month, her chances for survival are good. The baby is now about 18 inches long and weighs as much as 5 pounds.

Ninth month: 
During this month, your baby continues to grow and mature. His skin is still coated with vernex. His position may change as he gets ready for labor and delivery, dropping down into your pelvis in the birth position. At the end of the ninth month, an average full-term baby weighs 7 to 7-1⁄2 pounds and is about 20 inches long.
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Good pregnancy nutrition

Facts:
 What you eat will directly affect how your baby grows. If you eat or drink harmful things, the placenta cannot keep them away from your baby. Nutritional habits are learned from one generation to the next. Start now to build a healthier future for you and your baby.

Eating a balanced diet:
 Throughout your pregnancy, remember you are providing nutrition for three distinct, but interacting parts: Your own body, your developing baby and the placenta. This triple task demands a good, high-protein diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Protein: 
Your pregnant body needs twice as much protein as when you weren’t pregnant. Foods rich in protein are lean meats, fish, beans, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products.

Fats:
 Your body’s need for fat increases during pregnancy, but if you are eating a nutritious diet, you are taking in enough fat. Fats are found in foods such as milk, meat and egg yolks. Milk is usually recommended for the pregnant woman, but unless your diet is very low in protein, you do not need more than one quart a day.

Vegetarian diets:
 It is possible to meet the nutritional requirements on a vegetarian diet during pregnancy, although it is difficult. If you are a vegetarian and intend to continue to be during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor. To give your baby the best possible start in life, you might want to consider adding certain items, such as fish and poultry, to your diet until your baby is born.

Prenatal vitamins:
 Many doctors feel that prenatal vitamins are added insurance that you and your baby are getting all the vitamins you need. Many vitamins can be destroyed or weakened by cooking. If you are taking vitamin supplements prescribed by your doctor, keep in mind they are not a substitute for eating well. You can’t swallow the pill and skip the meal!

Minerals:
 Minerals are an important part of your diet, but if you are eating foods rich in protein and vitamins you do not need to worry. Iron and calcium are probably the only minerals you need to be especially concerned about. Foods high in iron are liver, egg yolks, whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, prunes and nuts. Foods high in calcium are milk and dairy products, beans, leafy vegetables, whole grains and nuts. You need almost twice as much calcium when you are pregnant.

Weight gain:
 No matter what your weight before you become pregnant, you must eat properly now to support your own body’s increased needs and the needs of your developing baby. While pregnancy is not a time to diet for weight loss, neither is it a time to indulge in fattening foods that are not nutritious. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate weight gain for you.
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How you change during pregnancy

Nausea/vomiting — Your body may be reacting to the hormones of pregnancy. Emotions are another possible cause of nausea during pregnancy.

  • You may try: If you are especially troubled by nausea in the morning, nibble on some crackers before you get out of bed. Drink fruit juice at the end of breakfast. Nausea is especially bothersome on an empty stomach. It might help to try eating several small meals during the day. Eat slowly and try to relax.

Heartburn/intestinal gas — During pregnancy, digestion may work more slowly. Your enlarging uterus crowds your stomach.

  • You may try: Eat several small meals, instead of the traditional three large meals. Avoid fried and greasy foods. Do not lie down right after eating. When you do lie down, lie on your right side to help the stomach empty.

Constipation — During pregnancy, your growing uterus takes up part of your digestive system space. Hormones may also slow intestinal movement. Iron and vitamin supplements can also contribute to constipation in some cases.

  • You may try: Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluids such as juice, milk, and water each day. Eat raw vegetables and fruit, and whole grain breads and cereals daily. Do not take laxatives without checking with your doctor.

Hemorrhoids — Increased circulatory volume causes the veins in your rectum and vagina to dilate. There is also added pressure from your growing uterus.

  • You may try: Warm soaks in the tub, a diet that prevents constipation and witch hazel (for example, Tucks®, found at your pharmacy). Rest lying down with you legs propped up on the pillows.

Breasts — Your breasts may get bigger during pregnancy. They may also become tender and more sensitive. Any time after the fifth month, your breasts may produce colostrum, a yellowish fluid that can be expressed from the nipple. This will be your baby’s first food if you plan to breastfeed.

  • You may try: Wear a good support bra. If you plan to nurse your baby, you will probably need a bra one cup size larger than you regularly wear. Place a cotton handkerchief, gauze pad or nursing pad into each bra cup.

Muscle cramps — Calcium, which affects muscle contractions, is less easily absorbed during pregnancy. Pressure from your growing uterus slows circulation to the legs.

  • You may try: Be sure your diet includes foods that are rich in calcium. To ease cramps in your calves, push away from your body with your heel. At the same time, pull your toes toward your shoulders. Gently massage or use a hot water bottle to help ease the cramp. Taking Maalox® (1 to 2 tsp.) as needed may also help ease cramps.

Varicose veins — These may occur any time from mid-pregnancy on. Veins in your legs can become overloaded as a result of slowed circulation from a greater quantity of blood and from increased pressure on the veins caused by the growing uterus.

  • You may try: Avoid standing for long periods. If you must stand, try to move about frequently to improve circulation. Rest several times a day with your legs raised at a mild angle to your body. Never cross your legs. Notify your doctor if you should develop hardened, red, tender veins in your legs.

Swelling (feet, hands, legs) — This can occur at any time. Your body naturally holds water during pregnancy. Your growing uterus puts pressure on blood vessels that return blood from the legs. Tight clothing, especially around the ankles, legs and lower body, can increase swelling by slowing down circulation. Long periods of standing or sitting can slow down circulation in the legs. Too little protein in your diet may also cause your body to retain fluid.

  • You may try: Avoid standing or sitting for long periods. Add protein to you diet. Wear loose clothing.

Faintness — This can occur any time during pregnancy. Low blood pressure, which can occur if you stand for long periods of time, may cause faintness. Faintness may also result from low blood sugar, or less iron in your blood (called anemia).

  • You may try: Keep your blood sugar up by eating healthy foods in small amounts at frequent intervals throughout the day. Avoid hot showers if you are having problems with faintness. If anemia is detected during an office visit, your doctor may suggest changes to your diet and taking iron pills.

Headaches — These may occur any time during pregnancy. Nasal congestion, fatigue, eyestrain, anxiety or tension are all possible causes. Persistent headaches in the forehead area, especially accompanied with blurred vision or spots before your eyes, might be caused by other health-related problems; talk to your doctor.

  • You may try: For sinus headaches, try pressing a warm, moist towel over your eyes and forehead. Relaxation and rest in a quiet, dark room are often the most effective remedies for headaches.

Shortness of breath — This might happen toward the end of your pregnancy as your baby grows. After your baby drops into the pelvis, you may find some relief. Your growing uterus takes up part of your breathing space. It causes pressure on your diaphragm.

  • You may try: Sleep with pillows to prop you in a position that makes breathing easier. Try lying on your left side. Practice good sitting posture and move around frequently.

Backache — As your body’s size and shape changes, so does your center of gravity, putting more strain on your lower back. This can cause muscle strain.

  • You may try: Maintain good posture. Use good body mechanics and squat instead of bending over. Use a firm, flat mattress that offers good back support. Wear comfortable shoes with low heels.

Stretch marks — Up to 90% of all pregnant women develop stretch marks. Because the skin is stretched beyond its normal elasticity, small red lines appear on the abdomen, upper thighs, breasts and buttocks. Although they may not disappear after delivery, those that remain usually fade to a light silver color.

  • You may try: There is no true way to avoid getting stretch marks, and no way of knowing if you will develop them. Keeping your skin soft and supple may help minimize them; try oils, creams and cocoa butter.

Vaginal discharge — Increased blood supply and hormones may cause your vagina to increase its normal secretions. The normal acidic atmosphere changes too, creating a more fertile setting for common vaginal infections.

  • You may try: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and underwear with a cotton crotch to allow for more air circulation. Call your doctor if your discharge burns, itches, smells bad or causes swelling.

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