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- Nurse Barb
Yikes, I hate heartburn! My Italian grandmother and all the Sopranos calls this “Agita”, or indigestion. As in, “You’re driving me crazy, stop giving Agita.” No matter what you call it, it makes life very unpleasant.
The pregnancy fog…..ah I knew it well myself and see it in patients. When patients are forgetful, we say, “It’s ok, you have pregnancy brain” or “You’re in the pregnancy fog.”
Also, in terms of psychological effects, most women are completely absorbed with their pregnancy and have little space left in their brains for other details. I see this mostly with new moms. They have a laser like focus on their tummies, their baby, how their lives will change and what the future will be like. At times, they may not be interested in conversations around them, and have difficulty dividing their attention. (more…)
1. While sitting in a chair or in a car, try using a small pillow in the natural curve of your lower back. This can take some of the strain off the small muscles that line the spine. (more…)
A: Isn’t it interesting that no one ever tells us about some of the more embarrassing changes that we might experience in pregnancy? (Let’s not even mention the leaking bladder). Especially things like snoring.
I must admit that I snored too when I was pregnant. It’s was embarrassing because one night my husband heard me snoring and thought that a raccoon had gotten into our yard and was making noise outside the bedroom window! (more…)
Dear Nurse Barb,
I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks and got to see the heartbeat (150 beats per minute) and then I had my second appointment 2 weeks ago and got to hear the heartbeat on the doppler. I had the NT ultrasound and blood work done on Wednesday. They measured the fluid by neck and said everything looked good. I will get the blood results back by mid-week.
If you like coffee and you’re pregnant, chances are you’ve been watching your intake, or avoiding it completely. For years, I’ve been recommending to patients that they limit their caffeine intake to no more than 2 cups/day based on evidence that didn’t show any adverse effects with minimal amounts. Well, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology just issued the same recommendations. Limit to less than 200 mg of caffeine each day.
Here’s plenty of useful tips and practical advice to help you eat healthy when you’re eating for two!
1st Trimester – Up to 12 weeks
Many women feel queasy when they first find out that they’re pregnant. It can be difficult to get excited about the baby when you feel nauseous, have no appetite, or when the thought of food makes you feel sick. (more…)
When you’re in labor, the last thing you want to worry about is whether the pain relief that’s offered is dangerous. Well, now we have more reassurance. A study from England found that epidurals given in labor are about 10 times safer than we previously thought. The risk was estimated to be about 1 in 23,000 women will have a serious complication.
Every pregnant mom knows the standard pregnancy tips. In fact you’ve probably heard the important ones about what fish to avoid and what tests you’ll need so often that you could teach this in medical school.
So here, for the first time, are the 7 simple and surprising tips Moms to be need to know. (more…)