Bed rest can be a challenge, but you can cope - If your healthcare provider
prescribes bed rest, clarify what he or she means. Then plan a daily schedule
and ask for the help of friends, family and neighbors.
Bleeding can signal placenta previa - Placenta previa is a condition in
which all or part of the placenta covers the cervical opening. This can
cause serious bleeding and problems for mother and child.
Bleeding during pregnancy needs to be checked - If you have bleeding during
pregnancy, it doesn't always mean a serious problem or a miscarriage.
Constipation can be a discomfort - Constipation affects about half of all
pregnant women at some point during pregnancy.
Diarrhea is a common, and occasionally serious, problem - Diarrhea is a
problem with your baby that you will likely encounter as a parent. Most
of the time it doesn't require medical attention, but it can lead
to dehydration and other serious medical problems.
Gestational diabetes can be controlled - If you are diagnosed with gestational
diabetes you will need to eat a healthy diet, watch your weight, exercise
and test your blood sugar regularly.
Hemorrhoids can plague pregnant women - For most women, hemorrhoids are
more of an irritant than a serious problem during pregnancy. If you can
avoid constipation and get adequate exercise, you may be able to prevent
them. Don't self-prescribe hemorrhoid treatment. Ask your doctor to
recommend a cream or suppository for relief. Call your doctor if you have bleeding.
Keeping cool and dry prevents prickly heat - Trapped sweat from overdressing
or warm, humid weather can cause an itchy rash in babies. Dress your child
appropriately and keep skin cool and dry.
Leg cramps can mean restless nights - Changes in a woman's body often
lead to painful leg cramps late in pregnancy. There are several steps
you can take to prevent, minimize, or relieve these cramps.
Morning sickness: It's no fun, but it's normal - Most women experience
some nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy. Watching what and when you
eat can help.
Preeclampsia and pregnancy - Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy marked
by high blood pressure, excessive swelling due to fluid retention, and
abnormal kidney function.
Sleeping problems can be irksome during pregnancy - What's big and
bulky, heads to the bathroom every 30 minutes and is awake half the night?
No joke. It's a description of a pregnant woman's typical nighttime
Stretch marks may be your badge of honor - Stretch marks are an inevitable
part of pregnancy for many women. There isn't much you can do to prevent
them. If you do get them, wear them proudly.
Thrush: A common fungal infection that can be treated - About one in three
babies get thrush. Sometimes it goes away on its own. It can be treated
with a medication that's painted on the insides of the baby's mouth.
Urinary tract infections can add misery to pregnancy - Urinary tract infections
(UTIs) are common among women, especially during pregnancy.
Varicose veins can be relieved - Varicose veins are not uncommon; about
25 million Americans have them.
What you need to know about yeast infections - Yeast infections are common
during pregnancy, but they won't hurt your baby.
Your Changing Body: Edema causes puffy problems - If you balloon up as
the day wears on, it's probably because of edema, another normal inconvenience
Your Changing Body: Frequent Urination - Are you starting to feel like
you live in the bathroom? Frequent urination is actually one of the early
signs of pregnancy, and it continues, to varying degrees, for 9 months.
Your Changing Body: Headache can cause pain in pregnancy - "Oh, my
achin' head!" How does headache bother a pregnant woman? Let
us count the ways.
Your Changing Body: Shortness of breath is common in pregnancy - Since
when did stairs become such a physical obstacle that you're left breathless?
No, it's not really the exertion, and it doesn't mean you're
that out of shape.
Your Changing Body: Simple strategies can help you handle heartburn - If
you occasionally get a burning feeling in your upper chest or a sour taste
in the back of your throat, you probably have heartburn.
Your Changing Body: Trouble with dairy, heartburn and new food cravings
- Many women experience altered taste and food preferences at this time.
Unfortunately, some women find they can't tolerate dairy products