© Lorem ipsum dolor 2010 Obstetrics  and  Gynecology Copyright 2010, Dr. Tania Morgan-Bowen, M.D., MPH Frequently Asked Questions
The content provided at the links below is the property of its respective copyright holders. All Women's Health, and staff assume no responsibility for how information presented is used by the public. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. What are some things that I can do for my early pregnancy nausea and vomiting? What can I do about my vaginal discharge? I am going to the bathroom to urinate more frequently now, is there any thing I can do to prevent this disruption? What can I do about constipation? What can I do about hemorrhoids? What are some things I can do for my heartburn? What can I do about my leg cramps? I am in my last trimester and I keep having lower abdomen pain, is there anything I can do to alleviate the discomfort? Sometimes I have pain in my upper back, is there anything I can do to alleviate that discomfort? Sometimes I feel like I can't catch my breath, is this normal? I just found out I'm pregnant, and I am so tired all the time.   Will my whole pregnancy be this way? 1.   What are some things that I can do for my early pregnancy nausea and vomiting? Eat small meals as often as every two hours rather than large meals. Keep crackers at your bedside to eat before you get out of bed in the morning. Decrease fatty food intake until the nausea passes. Drink something sweet just before going to bed. If the smell of food bothers you, delegate cooking responsibility, or cook previously cooked then frozen foods (e.g. Frozen casseroles). Use an accupressure wristband like those used for motion sickness. Back to Questions Index 2.   What can I do about my vaginal discharge? A non-irritating white discharge is normal during pregnancy; it serves to protect your baby.  Here are some things you can do to alleviate any discomfort. Wear cotton panties. Avoid tight clothing and pantyhose. Cleanse area with plain water twice a day. Wear unscented panty liners and change them often. Report all discharges than cause irritation. Back to Questions Index 3.   I am going to the bathroom to urinate more frequently now, is there any thing I can do to prevent this disruption? Decrease fluids close to bedtime so you don't have to get up as often. If you have burning or are unable to urinate readily report this to your provider. Back to Questions Index 4.   What can I do about constipation? Regular exercise especially walking helps keep you regular. Drink 8 full glasses of plain water a day in addition to your normal fluids. Increase fresh veggies and fruit especially the green leafy vegetables and prunes and prune juice. Also, increase your intake of bran and bran cereal. Drink warm fluids in the morning then making time for regular bowel movements. Back to Questions Index 5.   What can I do about hemorrhoids? Avoid constipation. Do not strain with your bowel movements. Rest frequently with a pillow under your hips to elevate. Analgesic ointments, Tucks®, ice bags and Preparation H® may be needed. Back to Questions Index 6.   What are some things I can do for my heartburn? Eat small meals 5 to 6 times a day instead of 2 to 3 large meals a day. Do not bend over; kneel to pick up things from the floor. Use good posture, it makes more room. Avoid large amounts of fluids with meals. Avoid very cold foods with meals. Avoid foods with a high fat content or eat a small amount of fat 30 minutes before meals (e.g., a small pat of butter). Antacids Do not go to bed or lay down soon after eating. Back to Questions Index 7.   What can I do about my leg cramps? Take a warm bath and move legs about -- exercising them before going to bed. Take your prenatal vitamins. Eat foods high in calcium such as dairy products or chew 3 or 4 Tums® a day. During a cramp hold your leg out straight and point your toes toward your knee and hold until your cramp goes away. Back to Questions Index 8.   I am in my last trimester and I keep having lower abdomen pain, is there anything I can do to alleviate the discomfort? Most lower abdomen that occurs in the mid to late trimester is caused from over stretching of muscles and ligaments that support the enlarging uterus.   Try some of the following to ease the discomfort: Warm baths that cover the uncomfortable areas. Heating pads. Tylenol. Position pillows under your belly to support the uterus while sleeping and put a pillow between your knees. Maternity support underwear. Back to Questions Index 9.   Sometimes I have pain in my upper back, is there anything I can do to alleviate that discomfort? Upper backache is usually caused by the increased weight caused by the changing hormones of pregnancy.   A well fitting supportive bra is your best defense against upper back pain. Back to Questions Index 10.   Sometimes I feel like I can't catch my breath, is this normal? Shortness of breath occurs late in pregnancy due to the enlarging uterus pushing up against the lungs.   This gives the lungs less room to expand causing difficulty taking deep breaths. Practice good posture. Avoid over exertion. Sleep with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows. Avoid tight clothing on chest and neck. Back to Questions Index 11.   I just found out I am pregnant and I am so tired all the time.   Will my whole pregnancy be this way? Fatigue occurs early in pregnancy due to an initial fall in your metabolism.   Rest frequently; this will pass. Back to Questions Index This site also contains a number of informative printouts on a variety of topics that you can print out and save.