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Preganancy Symptoms

Common Reactions and How to Deal with Them

If you have morning sickness:
A) Eat a piece of toast or a cracker on rising or before getting out of bed.
B) Early in the day, eat lightly and frequently. Avoid liquid with your meals.
C) Avoid gassy vegetables (cabbage family and those with strong flavor or coarse texture).
D) Cooked vegetables and canned fruits will be more easily tolerated.
E) By lunch time, food tolerance has usually increased and a well-balanced meal may be eaten.

If you are constipated:
A) Raw vegetables are excellent.
B) Eat raw fruits plus one serving of prunes or prune juice daily. You may also try drinking lemon juice with water before breakfast.
C) Maintain fluid intake to at least 10 glasses per day even though you may experience urgency.
D) Eating meals regularly is most important.

If you have heartburn:
A) Avoid highly seasoned (spicy) foods.
B) Avoid fried foods.
C) Decrease course textured food (i.e., those which require a lot of chewing; apples, celery, etc.)
D) Eat small meals often rather than large meals.
E) Avoid liquids with meals. They should be taken at least a half-hour before or after meals.
F) Never lie down after a meal. It is better that you sit.
G) If problems still persist, speak to your doctor. Avoid the use of bicarbonate soda.

Round Ligament Pain:
One of the most common complaints of pregnancy is so-called round ligament pain. This is also known as round ligament strain or round ligament syndrome. The round ligaments are two cord-like structures made of the same smooth muscle tissue as the rest of the uterus. They extend from the top of the uterus on either side down though the abdominal wall and the fibers terminate in the vulva. During pregnancy, they stretch and grow with the rest of the uterus, and this is sometimes painful. This pain may occur on either or both sides, anywhere along the course of either ligament. It is often aggravated by walking, changing position in bed, or by fetal movement, but may occur for no apparent reason at all. It is common after the first pregnancy and most common in the mid-trimester, although it may occur early or late in the pregnancy as well. Its only symptom is sharp, cramping or stretching pain somewhere along the course of one of the ligaments. Sometimes it is severe enough to raise a question of some other condition such as appendicitis, kidney stones, placental abruption, or labor. However, round ligament pain is only pain unless it is associated with nausea, diarrhea, fever, bleeding, or contractions that you can feel with your hand. If this is the case, the pain is from another source, and you should contact your physician.

Round ligament pain is not dangerous to you or your baby. The treatment consists of rest, a heating pad, and something for pain, such a Tylenol. If you need something stronger for it or have other questions, let us know.