When you’re faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it is easy to make an uninformed, impulsive decision. Thinking about the possibility of pregnancy can cause you to make a quick decision without considering how it may impact your future. It is important that you stop and think through all your options before making any major decision.
Symptoms of Pregnancy
Now that you are pregnant you may be experiencing some minor problems or discomforts that are caused by the changing hormones or your body’s adaptation to pregnancy. We have some general health guidelines that may help to minimize your discomfort. If at any time these symptoms become severe, you need to seek help from a physician or emergency room.
Try to get as much sleep as you can by taking naps and going to bed early. Mild exercise in the fresh air can restore energy when tired. Avoid foods with caffeine or sugar in them because they will give you a sudden burst of energy and then a drop making you feel even more tired.
Some women experience nausea early in the morning when they first awaken. Others may have it off and on all day. However, for most women this decreases after the first three months.
Many women experience constipation during early and late pregnancy. This is caused by the hormones of pregnancy as well as the pressure against the intestine by the growing uterus. It is important to eat fresh fruits and raw vegetables as well as whole grain breads and cereals. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water (at least 8 glasses per day), and getting regular exercise will also help.
Pressure against the bladder by the growing uterus will cause the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom often. This is normal (though bothersome) and there is nothing that can or should be done to prevent it. If frequent trips to the bathroom are disturbing your sleep, you may try limiting fluids after 8 p.m. If you fell any pain or burning when you urinate, contact a healthcare provider.
Your breasts may be feeling tender or your nipples may be very sensitive. That is also a very normal part of pregnancy. Wearing a bra with good support may relieve discomfort from movement and wearing a bra at night may help with the sensitivity of the nipples.
Some women may experience dizziness when they move or rise quickly. The best way to avoid this is to change positions slowly and often so the blood doesn’t pool in your legs. Eat and drink on a regular schedule and don’t go long periods without eating. Also, make sure you get enough fluids, at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Emotional Ups and Downs
Changing hormones and disruptions to your life may cause you to feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. Talking about your feelings with a caring professional or support of a friend may help. Stress and anxiety can often be relieved by talking about them with a good listener. Avoid caffeine and sugar. Getting adequate sleep can also help
Precautions During Pregnancy
Taking good care of yourself is important during early pregnancy. The following are some things that you can do.
Get Enough Folate
Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin that helps prevent some birth defects such as spina bifida. You can get this through eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit or by taking a prenatal or ‘one-a-day’ vitamin.
Even if you drank some alcohol before you knew you were pregnant, it is a good time for you to stop. Regular high amounts of alcohol have been associated with some serious problems for babies. We don’t know what a safe level is, so we recommend no alcohol during pregnancy.
Whatever you take into your body, your baby also gets. Smoke can be harmful for the baby, as well as for you. Many women feel nauseated when they smoke or breathe second-hand smoke during pregnancy and find that it is a good time to quit.
Avoid Other Harmful Substances
Even small amounts of drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, can be harmful to you and your baby, so it is best not to use them. Don’t breathe fumes from paint, spray cans or insecticides. Even some common substances like caffeine and artificial sweeteners should be avoided whenever possible during pregnancy. If you use prescription medication, be sure to check with your health care provider about its safety during pregnancy.
Avoid Other Harmful Activities
We also recommend that you avoid getting overheated during your pregnancy, whether from heavy exercise or saunas and hot tubs. Light exercise or anything that you are currently used to doing is usually safe to continue.
I think I’m pregnant
Whenever you have had intercourse, there is always a chance you can get pregnant. If you think you are pregnant call us.
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