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How Can I Manage Gas While Pregnant
It's common: Most of us have more gas when we're pregnant. I'd recommend you learn to laugh at yourself, and maybe try Tums (calcium carbonate) or another antacid. I'm not sure why it happens: a bit of lactose intolerance? The constipation that comes with the slowing of the smooth muscle of the gut? Be kind to yourself. We all have this issue when we're pregnant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Good digestion: Digestive symptoms are common in pregnancy.Make sure you are getting plenty of fiber, fluids & whole, nutritious foods. An easy bowel movement daily helps too. If you are constipated, gas may increase. Taking simethicone tabs may help & are safe, but start with what and how you eat and your other GI complaints may diminish. Last- develop a sense of humor- your "gas problems" are only the beginning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Focus on the fetus: Stress on the job is unavoidable. Stress during pregnancy is inevitable. Moms should make time for breaks, lie down if possible, limit work at home. Other approaches are for women to learn relaxation techniques and practice them at the desk, use doctor visits as opportunities to get help coping, consider seeing a counselor if amount of stress gets overwhelming when pregnant or going back to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fiber: First, try to avoid hemorrhoids by increasing fiber, fluids, and regular exercise. Minimize straining or sitting for long periods. If they occur, use tucks, (witch hazel) sitz baths, and a steroidal hemorrhoid cream for symptom relief. If they become excruciatingly painful and purple, they may be thrombosed. Call your doctor right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abdominal binder: Hernias in the belly button (umbilical hernia) are not rare in pregnancy. Most of the time surgery can be delayed until after delivery. Covering it with a girdle, abdominal binder, wrap or even tape can make them more comfortable. In rare cases surgery is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercize: When your muscles are strong, it takes less effort to accomplish tasks. Additionally, you will relieve stress and sleep better when you can sleep. Be careful, though, and don't suddenly try to compete for the olympics. Any activity should build up gradually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ASK OB: Maalox is fine and Cat B which can help with GI upset and some gas issues. Important to ask your OB Dr. for continuity of care and sop that they know what your are going through and any meds you will be taking, even over the counter ones. Good luck and Congratulations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cramps are a warning: The feeling of cramping may signal uterine contractions, uterine infection, bladder infection or other problems. Many can be treated, but it is essential that a pregnant woman with cramping contact an OB provider. In most cases she will be asked to go to labor & delivery for evaluation and monitoring for labor. No one should try to "manage" uterine cramping alone. That would be too risky for baby! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please ask your OB: For my pts i recommend beeno or gasx or mylecon. ...Read more
FLUIDS!!: Throughout your pregnancy drink plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids, 80-100 ounces per day and adjust for excercise and meds that cause constipation by drinking more fluids. Also during breast feeding your fluid needs increase, don't read on the toilet, and avoidd straining, constipation, and diarrhea. Do not sit on those inflatable donut rings! they will make the swelling/ pain worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet: Eat a high fiber diet (mostly fruits and vegetables). Drink lots of water. Exercise everyday, especially in the morning. Eat prunes everyday. If your constipation is very bad and your blood count is ok you can take an iron-free multivitamin. If your constipation is still bad, you can try over-the-counter remedies such as colace (docusate sodium) and certain laxatives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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