Many times, a headache is from a normal cause that you can treat yourself. Some especially common causes during pregnancy are dehydration (you need more water now!) and caffeine withdrawal (for those who abruptly cut out coffee). For those who are already susceptible to migraines, unfortunately, pregnancy may make them worse. Finally, for those whoContinue reading “When is a headache normal. . . And when is it not?”
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I love my beauty routine. . . are beauty products still safe during pregnancy?
Most topical beauty products are safe, however, many have not been researched enough, so it is always best to ask your doctor when in doubt. That being said, one very important beauty routine that you should keep up during pregnancy is a daily sunscreen. During pregnancy, your skin is extra sensitive to the sun, andContinue reading “I love my beauty routine. . . are beauty products still safe during pregnancy?”
Is sex safe during pregnancy? Is there a specific time in the pregnancy that I should stop having sex?
Almost always, sex during pregnancy is perfectly healthy and normal. There are certain rare complications, such as low lying placenta (placenta praevia) or vasa previa where that may not be the case. Also, women with diagnosed preterm labor or women who would have significant bleeding, should talk to their doctor before having sex. Interestingly, sexContinue reading “Is sex safe during pregnancy? Is there a specific time in the pregnancy that I should stop having sex?”
Is insomnia normal during pregnancy? Can I do anything about it?
Insomnia is very common during pregnancy. Usually, it is caused by hormones and physical changes (like needing to pee all the time!). To treat insomnia, some safe medications include melatonin, Benadryl, and UNISOM. Insomnia will not hurt you or your growing baby, but if you are having trouble with drowsiness impacting your daily life, speakContinue reading “Is insomnia normal during pregnancy? Can I do anything about it?”
What are the best sleeping positions during pregnancy?
You should sleep in the most comfortable position that you can. You will probably avoid sleeping on your stomach when you get later in your pregnancy due to comfort, but feel free to continue doing so if it is comfortable for you. Sleeping on your side is generally the best for blood flow, but doContinue reading “What are the best sleeping positions during pregnancy?”
Is spotting normal during pregnancy?
In some cases. When you are pregnant, you are having more blood flow to your lower organs, and so sometimes this causes spotting, especially during sex. If the bleeding is as heavy as your period, or if you have a history of certain conditions such as placental issues, then you should speak with your doctorContinue reading “Is spotting normal during pregnancy?”
Is cramping normal during pregnancy?
Cramping can be very common during pregnancy, and can be caused by many things. Frequently, cramping is caused by the uterus getting used to a baby growing and moving, especially in the third trimester. Usually it will feel similar to period cramps. If beyond the first trimester there is any bleeding beyond just spotting withContinue reading “Is cramping normal during pregnancy?”
Is diarrhea normal during pregnancy? What causes it, and how do I treat it?
Diarrhea is not uncommon in pregnancy. Your uterus and your bowels are neighbors in your body. As your uterus is stretching to make space for the baby, it can irritate your bowels. If you have diarrhea, generally we recommend eating a more mild diet that is easier to digest and drinking plenty of water. IfContinue reading “Is diarrhea normal during pregnancy? What causes it, and how do I treat it?”