How to Avoid Morning Sickness
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You're pregnant, but that doesn't mean you have to spend nine miserable months by the toilet. Stop morning sickness before it even starts - with these tips!
Transcript: What if we told you it might be possible to prevent that unpleasant morning sickness while you're pregnant?...
What if we told you it might be possible to prevent that unpleasant morning sickness while you're pregnant? Some seventy-five percent of women experience morning sickness. And while you can't eliminate it entirely, a few smart dietary tweaks can help reduce nausea and prevent vomiting. For starters, never let yourself go hungry. When you're starving, your blood sugar dips, which can often contribute to feelings of nausea. In fact, that's probably why you feel worst in the morning-you haven't eaten in hours. Knowing this, it's smart to keep a box of crackers or loaf of bread by your bedside. Nibble first thing in the morning before you rise. In addition, try to eat five to six smaller meals each day, instead of the traditional three large ones. This will stop your blood sugar from spiking, which has a similarly negative effect on your well-being. And, of course, it's wise to avoid anything that smells very strong or is particularly greasy if you're prone to morning sickness. If all the prevention in the world still isn't enough to bypass pregnancy sickness, check out the other videos in this series for tips on finding fast relief.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-03 | Tags »
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Morning sickness is a relatively normal part of pregnancy. Checking out this video will help you in understanding morning sickness.
Transcript: If you're pregnant, you may find yourself bonding with the toilet more than with your baby-to-be. What's...
If you're pregnant, you may find yourself bonding with the toilet more than with your baby-to-be. What's the deal with morning sickness, anyway? First of all, remember that morning sickness is a normal part of most pregnancies, particularly in the first trimester. You're feeling nauseous and vomiting because your new pregnancy hormones, B. like progesterone, are elevated, a healthy sign that your pregnancy is progressing. But that's not to say you should worry if you're sailing through a pregnancy without being sick. Twenty-five percent of women are fortunate enough to avoid morning sickness. While that means that three-quarters of women do experience some morning sickness, it is usually more frequent and severe in women who...have experienced nausea while taking birth control pills...already suffer from motion sickness... are pregnant with multiple children at once...or who have first-degree female relatives who experienced morning sickness. If you're sick of being sick, however, you'll be happy to learn that some tried and true tricks can help ease this unpleasant symptom. Check out other videos in this series to learn about them.More »
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During pregnancy, your health can affect the health of your fetus, whether you're coping with depression or just a fever. Find out why a sick mom may mean a sick fetus, too
Transcript: Are you running a fever? Are you depressed? If you're sick, you'll understandably worry about your baby....
Are you running a fever? Are you depressed? If you're sick, you'll understandably worry about your baby. The good news is that the majority of illnesses that can befall a pregnant mother, if treated, won't harm her fetus. Similarly, most medications that you might take to treat an illness will be far less damaging to your baby than being sick. If you're running a fever, it's true that both you and the baby will burn off oxygen and calories faster than normal. But, while this may cause brief stress to the baby, it's not generally harmful in the long term. The exception to this is a fever above 103 degrees, particularly during in your first trimester, which could lead to neural tube defects in your baby if not monitored. Meanwhile, if you're suffering from depression while pregnant, your baby will be fine- as long as you take care of yourself. That means going to counseling to sort through your emotions, and being proactive about prenatal care. Your doctor may even recommend an anti-depressant, as most physicians agree that this is less hazardous to your baby than the risks of the disease itself. When in doubt, remember to be gentle on yourself and to talk to your doctor about safe healing.More »
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Hormones can cause pregnant women to experience mood swings and temporary cognitive changes. Watch this video on emotions and pregnancy to learn more.
Transcript: While no two pregnancy experiences are identical, most women do find that their emotions and desires...
While no two pregnancy experiences are identical, most women do find that their emotions and desires suddenly feel a bit...random. If you're like seven out of ten moms-to-be, you're probably experiencing mood swings that won't quit! One minute you're thrilled about the new wallpaper in your nursery, the next you're crying because you can't fit into your shoes. It makes sense that you're so emotionally charged: You're going through HUGE physical and mental changes, and you're full of pregnancy hormones to boot! You'll be better able to deal with your mood swings if you accept them as normal, and allow yourself to laugh if you can! It may be helpful is to have a healthy snack, or take a catnap. Both will help keep your energy levels stable so your brain can follow suit. Did you leave your purse at the gynecologist? Or did your forget your appointment all together? If you're suddenly feeling absent-minded, you're not alone...most pregnant women experience forgetfulness. You can blame your pregnancy hormones again, and the fact that your brain-cell volume actually decreases during your third trimester. Don't worry, this is only temporary! In the meantime, it can help to write everything down in one place. On the other hand, maybe it's not your memory that's bothering you, but constant bouts of worry. You may be concerned that you won't be a good mom, that diapers will elude you, or that your little one's entrance will be painful. All of these...and a million more...are normal concerns. It may help to talk to moms who have already "been there, done that," and to read a baby book or two. Discuss your fears with your partner...he may share them! What about depression? Shouldn't you be feeling lighthearted and happy now that your little one is on the way? Not necessarily! One in ten women experiences depression while pregnant. Just as hormones can wreak emotional mayhem during your period, they can do so during your pregnancy. Mild depression will often go away with a reward or two...like getting a pedicure, or taking a mid-day walk in the park. But if you're feeling hopeless or generally disinterested in life, it may be time to talk to your doctor, who might recommend pregnancy-safe antidepressants, yoga, or therapy. Another emotional hurdle that you may experience is a constant fluctuation between intense desire for sex...and NO desire at all. Guess what? Both are completely normal! Almost all pregnant women...except those with high-risk pregnancies...will be given the green-light for sex right up until labor begins. If you receive permission, talk to your doctor about positions that may be comfortable AND safe. If you're not feeling particularly amorous, that's okay, too. Explain to your partner that your hormones are in charge now, and nourish your relationship in other ways. Pregnancy is an emotionally trying time! Remember, you're not alone: Your doctor, partner, family and friends are all there to share your joy (and those occasional tears!)More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-03 | Tags »
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The most telling sign of pregnancy is a missed period, but there are other common pregnancy symptoms you may look for. Watch this video for details.
Transcript: You're pregnant! And if you had any doubt that that little baby is really in there, get ready for your...
You're pregnant! And if you had any doubt that that little baby is really in there, get ready for your body to make it very clear. Although some women sail through their pregnancies, most experience a host of physical symptoms over their 40- week journey. While a missed period is often the very first physical sign of pregnancy... some women experience another, even earlier symptom - implantation bleeding. This occurs when an embryo burrows into the uterine wall, causing light, irregular spotting, before the period is even due. After a woman knows she's pregnant, her next symptom is often morning sickness, which affects 75 percent of all moms-to-be. Morning sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting, but don't be fooled by its moniker: Morning sickness often lasts all day. The good news is that you'll probably experience a huge reduction in morning sickness after your first trimester-although many moms do experience the symptom again later. During the second half of pregnancy, many women experience severe heartburn, or acid reflux. This is due to high amounts of the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve separating the stomach from the esophagus. Add in a growing baby, which crowds the stomach cavity, and digestive acids often seep up into the throat, causing that burning sensation. Pregnancy heartburn can be painful, but it's safe to take an over the counter antacid, like Tums or Rolaids to ease the ache. Later in pregnancy, as they get larger, many pregnant women also have to deal with achy or swollen body parts. The body parts most commonly affected are the back, breasts, head, and ankles. Towards the end of pregnancy, some women get stretch marks on their breasts or stomach, or experience melasma, a darkening of certain parts of the face. Some moms-to-be even find that their feet go up a whole size while pregnant, and stay that way postpartum. Emotionally, pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride. Pregnancy hormones may make a woman sad, elated, or anxious - and the emotional experience can change rapidly. Pregnancy affects the libido, too, sometimes fueling an insatiable sexual desire, while other times decreasing sex drive. Each woman will react in her own way, and may also react differently at different times in her pregnancy. Pregnancy symptoms do vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. If you're dealing with an unpleasant issue, talk to your doctor about treatment options.More »
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You may wonder what over the counter medications are safe to take during pregnancy. Check out this video to find out more.
Transcript: Pregnancy can sure be a headache! But is it safe to take an over-the-counter medication to soothe the...
Pregnancy can sure be a headache! But is it safe to take an over-the-counter medication to soothe the strain? If you're suffering from a headache or muscle pain during pregnancy, it's fine to take Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen. Other medications which are considered safe include: Nasal decongestant spray for a cold or sinus infection... and antacids-including prescription strength ones-for heartburn. Even cold medications containing small amounts of alcohol, like Nyquil, are probably fine during pregnancy. Even with safe medications, however, it is still wise to use them in moderation. In addition, you should never consume any medication at doses larger than those listed on the packaging. One class of drugs to avoid entirely is the NSAIDs, or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drugs in this class include Aleve, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen, which is sometimes marketed as Advil or Motrin. Some of these medications can potentially cause birth defects, and all of them can increase how much you bleed, which is particularly important as you approach labor. If you still have questions about an OTC medication, it's smart to call your doctor to ask about its use.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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Are you pregnant and worrying about the medications you take for specific conditions? Find out more medicating while expecting by watching this video.
Transcript: You know Tylenol is OK while you're pregnant, but what if your condition is more pressing than a muscle...
You know Tylenol is OK while you're pregnant, but what if your condition is more pressing than a muscle ache? When you are pregnant, you'll still need to deal with all of the day-to-day health issues that plague all of us. One common question women have is whether it's safe to take an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication. In fact, taking Imodium while you are pregnant can be a smart precaution, since consistent diarrhea can lead to dangerous dehydration. Some women complain of motion sickness during pregnancy, and want to know what treatment options are safe. If you're among them, it's fine to take an OTC aid, like Dramamine, to combat nausea. Yet another common pregnancy condition is insomnia. Unfortunately, no sleeping aids have been shown to be completely safe for a fetus. While two medications-Ambien and Benadryl-are probably fine, studies on their effects have thus far been limited to animals. More intense sleep medications, like Lunesta and Sonata, may cause metabolism and brain damage to a fetus, and should be avoided. If you are unfortunate enough to get a migraine headache while you are pregnant, it is probably okay to take narcotics, like codeine, to ease the ache. But older migraine medications, like Depakote and Fiorinal, could lead to neural birth defects or paralyzation. It's always smart to be cautious during pregnancy, so talk to your doctor before taking any kind of medication.More »
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If you have concerns about what medications to take during pregnancy, you'll be pleased to know that not ALL medications are off limits. Check out this video for more information about pregnancy and medications.
Transcript: For many women who rely on prescription medication, pregnancy offers a tough decision: Should I risk...
For many women who rely on prescription medication, pregnancy offers a tough decision: Should I risk harming my baby to keep myself well? The good news is that some common prescription medications are fine to take while you're expecting. These include most allergy and thyroid stimulation medications. However, some doctors advise women to steer clear of newer, less-researched allergy meds, like Allegra. Other prescription medications may not be as safe for a baby, yet can be vital to a mother's health. For example, anti-depressants may lead to lung problems, limb malformations, or heart defects in a fetus. But these side effects are very rare, and a mother may find that keeping her depression under control is worth the risk. Similarly, anti-epilepsy medications can lead to stillbirth or serious birth defects in a fetus. These problems, however, are seen in less than 10-percent of babies born to women on these medications, and... some doctors believe that seizures during pregnancy pose a more serious risk to the fetus than the potential side effects of anti-epilepsy medications. Because every woman's condition and pregnancy is different, however, it's vital to talk to your doctor about which prescriptions you can take while expecting.More »
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Pregnancy can change a lot of things about a woman's body, including her teeth. Watch this video to find out more about what happens to tooth health during pregnancy.
Transcript: Hearing the old wives' tale, "You lose a tooth for every pregnancy" may make you reconsider this whole...
Hearing the old wives' tale, "You lose a tooth for every pregnancy" may make you reconsider this whole baby thing! Luckily, the adage isn't true...but here's what is. Pregnancy is a trying time for your whole body, and your teeth are no exception. While you're expecting, the likelihood of developing gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, rises dramatically. Unfortunately, gingivitis has been linked to premature labor and low birth weight in babies. The disease can often be avoided, however, when you take extra steps to care for your pregnant teeth. Start by flossing daily, even if you don't usually do so. This promotes strong, healthy gums. Continue brushing three times a day,More »
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If you were drinking before you knew you were pregnant, you may be concerned about your fetus's health. Learn more about the effect alcohol can have on your fetus.
Transcript: Your whole alcohol MO has to change once you're pregnant. But what if you were drinking before you...
Your whole alcohol MO has to change once you're pregnant. But what if you were drinking before you knew you had a passenger? Whether you're the daily cocktail type or you only imbibe on special occasions, you may accidentally consume alcohol during the early weeks of your pregnancy. If this happens, you shouldn't be too hard on yourself - after all, you didn't even know you were pregnant! Fortunately, it is usually the case that when you drink alcohol at this stage of the pregnancy, it's too early to negatively affect the fetus's organs. This is because there isn't a strongly established blood connection between you and your baby during the time when you ovulate and the end of the month. Of course, this "safe window," is short! Once you know you're pregnant, or even suspect that you may be, you should stop drinking. There is, after all, a risk of fetal alcohol syndrome when you consume any amount of alcohol during pregnancy. But don't worry, you'll have plenty of time for a glass of wine after the baby is born. If you are breastfeeding, though, you'll have to wait until the baby is no longer nursing to enjoy that cocktail.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-15 | Tags »
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Although pregnancy can be a time of cravings and indulgences, pregnant women should be careful about what kinds of foods they're consuming--seafood especially. Learn more about seafood during pregnancy by watching this video.
Transcript: With all of the alarming news about mercury, pregnancy diet decisions can be difficult for a girl who...
With all of the alarming news about mercury, pregnancy diet decisions can be difficult for a girl who likes her seafood. How's this for confusing: The omega-3s provided by seafood have been shown to help your baby's developing brain thrive. But eating fish contaminated with mercury, PCBs, dioxins and pesticides has been shown to cause pre-term labor, miscarriage and birth defects. Before you fret, know that most doctors agree that the benefits of eating some seafood-up to 12 ounces weekly-far outweigh the risks. To be safe about what you consume, take high mercury fish like shark, mackerel, swordfish and tilefish off your plate for now. However, lots of fish are relatively pollutant-free. You can enjoy scallops, shrimp, flounder, sole, clams, oysters, tilapia, catfish, crayfish, whitefish and sardines with relative safety. Tuna can be safe, but some forms are safer than others. For example, tuna steaks are high in mercury, and should be avoided, but canned light tuna is ok, as long as you limit yourself to six ounces a week. It's smart to vary what you eat while you're pregnant-don't have any one type of fish more than once a week. In addition, because most fish have a high concentration of toxins in their skin, it's beneficial to remove the skin before cooking, and you can remove even more toxins by always cooking the fish all the way through. Unfortunately, the possibility of raw toxins does mean that sushi is off the good list for now-so why not enjoy a sardine snack in the meantime?More »
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Mercury can be extremely dangerous for your unborn baby. Find out more about this by watching this video on pregnancy and mercury.
Transcript: You love tuna and other fish dishes, but, oh mercy, the mercury! Mercury compounds, like methylmercury,...
You love tuna and other fish dishes, but, oh mercy, the mercury! Mercury compounds, like methylmercury, are chemical byproducts dumped into our oceans and rivers, which can contaminate some of the fish we eat. While mercury hasn't yet been shown to significantly harm adults, it can be extremely bad for babies. When a pregnant woman ingests mercury from fish, it can pass easily through a mother's body into her baby's placenta. This metal is toxic to a baby's nervous system and can result in disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to mental retardation. For this reason, it is wise to avoid large, high-mercury fish while pregnant, including: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Another worrisome fish is tuna, which tends to have a moderate level of mercury. Tuna isn't completely off-limits, but pregnant women should limit their consumption of it, and avoid tuna steaks and filets, which have been shown to be high in the toxin. Instead, stick to light, canned tuna, and don't consume more than six ounces of it a week. You can feel safe about consuming smaller fish, like sardines, catfish and tilapia. Most shellfish is fine, as well, with the exception of lobster, which, like tuna has moderate mercury content. Unfortunately, methylmercury remains in your system for up to a year after it is consumed. A. Because mercury consumed even prior to pregnancy can harm a fetus, B. it's wise to minimize dangerous fish if you're trying to conceive. However, if you became pregnant unexpectedly and know that you've consumed large amounts of mercury, don't panic - it most likely won't have any consequences. However, you should stop eating fish that have mercury, and talk to your doctor. If you are concerned, you can always have a test performed to ascertain the level of mercury in your system. Today's pregnant woman needs to be very careful to minimize her mercury intake, but remember, just because mercury is bad for you doesn't mean you should stop eating fish.More »
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During pregnancy, it's extremely important to eat food that is healthy and safe for your baby. Check out this video to find out more about the safe stuff to eat during pregnancy.
Transcript: If there's one thing you've learned during your pregnancy, it's that an expectant momma's gotta eat....
If there's one thing you've learned during your pregnancy, it's that an expectant momma's gotta eat. Some foods-like veggies and dairy-are clearly in the "good for baby" department. However, since some others are more questionable, here's a rundown of foods that were once considered 'iffy' that are definitely A-OK for you and your baby. In terms of sweet stuff, you'll be thrilled to hear that eating chocolate is totally safe, as its trace amounts of caffeine aren't enough to harm your fetus. In fact, you'd get sick from gorging yourself on chocolate long before the chocolate's caffeine content could be dangerous. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose, more commonly known as Splenda, and aspartame, the sweetener in Equal and NutraSweet, are also fine for pregnant women, although they should be consumed in moderation. However, pregnant moms should avoid the potentially toxic sweetener saccharin, which is the primary ingredient in Sweet 'N Low. Many women express worry about eating non-organic livestock and produce, but these concerns are unfounded. Although non-organic livestock is treated with antibiotics, these antibiotics have not been shown to harm a developing baby. Similarly, non-organic produce treated with pesticides is safe, although it's wise to wash it first, just as you did prior to pregnancy. If you are looking to spice up your pregnancy, feel free to indulge. Very spicy foods are also fine for expectant moms. However, the potential for heartburn may make you think twice about Indian take-out!More »
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