Discomforts of Pregnancy

Breast Tenderness:
• Wear a good, well fitting support bra. You can take Tylenol

Heartburn:
• Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, or Pepcid are fine to use during pregnancy.

Nausea:
• Unisom Nighttime Sleep Aid or Emetrol over the counter liquid. Take 1 tsp when nausea first occurs,
then follow bottle instructions.
• Crackers, toast, soup, or broth
• Maalox or Mylanta
• Eat regular, small meals every two to three hours
• Try peppermint or cinnamon candy.
It is possible that your nausea may be related to your prenatal vitamins, so changing the time of day you take them may relieve the problem.

Vomiting:
• Clear liquid diet (i.e. popsicles, jell-o, Sprite, Gatorade)
• Gradually add soup and broth, then advance to regular foods. If vomiting resumes, stay on clear liquids. If vomiting continues, especially for more than 24 hours, and fever arises, call your doctor (865) 524-3208.

Nasal Congestion:
• Increase fluid intake, vaporize at home. Normal saline nasal drops two to three times a day. Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Claritin, or Benadryl are okay to use.

Headache:
• Regular Strength Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol. If headache continues and is associated with blurred vision, swelling of the hands, face, or feet, call your doctor.

Nosebleed:
• Pin the nose and hold for five to ten minutes. Ice to back of neck. Occurs more often in prenancy due to increased blood volume.

Diarrhea:
Imodium is okay to use during pregnancy.

Dizziness:
• Gradually stand from sitting or lying position. Eat regular meals. Do not skip meals. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot showers. If more than twice a week, notify your doctor.

Colds or Sinus Problems:
• Increase fluid intake. You may use Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Benadryl, Sudafed, Tylenol PM or Chlor-Trimeton (as directed on package) for nasal drainage not accompanied by fever. Robitussin or Vicks Formula 44 may be used for cough. Vaporize at home. Normal saline drops to both nasal passages two to three times a day. If you develop a fever, colored nasal drainage, or persistent cough (productive or non-productive), call your doctor.

Sore Throat:
• Gargle with warm salt water two to three times a day. Tylenol as directed on package. For sore throats, Cepacol or Chloraseptic Spray or Lozenges is okay.

Constipation:
• Increase fluid intake. Increase dietary fiber (i.e. fruits, vegetables, and bran). Colace/docusate sodium. Milk of Magnesia. Enemas/suppository.

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