“Miraculous,” “emotional,” and “exciting” are a few words we use often to describe pregnancy. But those nine months have plenty of lackluster moments too. Pregnancy can be exhausting, scary, and plain old uncomfortable at times. You’re not alone if you have questions about the side effects that come with carrying a baby. Dr. Beverly from Ogden Clinic’s Women’s Center at McKay-Dee Hospital addresses a few myths and questions about being uncomfortable.
How can I manage morning sickness?
I encourage women to try ginger root first; it’s natural and easy to find, and it can be very effective to relieve nausea. Relief bands and acupuncture also help women to some degree with morning sickness.
After trying non-prescription methods, there are many medications available such as Pheragen and Zofran, which have been used effectively for years. Recently, the FDA approved a new medication called Diclegis® which is safe for mother and baby. Diclegis® is a combination of pyridoxine, a form of B6, and doxylamine, an antihistamine also found in certain allergy medications.
Is “pregnancy brain” real?
Moms-to-be swear that pregnancy causes memory lapses or occasional bouts of forgetfulness. However, there are no studies that show evidence of pregnancy brain. Nonetheless, carrying a baby does cause women to lose quality sleep and take on extra stress: two possible culprits for not thinking straight.
How can I manage constipation?
For a lot of women, constipation is already a problem but becomes a bigger one during pregnancy. To help prevent constipation (or worse, hemorrhoids), make sure you’re drinking enough water each day and eating plenty of dietary fiber. Stool softeners and occasional laxatives are safe to use if you develop constipation.
Should I be “eating for two”?
Eating twice as much during pregnancy is a myth, and a dangerous one at that. For most women, eating too much can cause excess weight for you and put you at risk for pregnancy complications.
Over a 40-week period, this only equates to an extra snack or small meal each day. If you find that you’re hungrier during pregnancy, I recommend eating lower-calorie foods like raw veggies or popcorn that will fill you up but won’t cause excess weight gain.
How can I manage indigestion?
Indigestion is common because your esophageal sphincter does not function as well, especially while lying down. If you experience indigestion at night, I recommend placing a pillow underneath your back to keep your neck upright.
During the day, it’s safe to take antacids like Tums® and Maalox®. You can also use H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, but check with your doctor before starting anything.
Will I poop during labor?
Every OB/GYN has seen women poop during delivery many times—I’d say it’s more uncommon that a woman doesn’t have a bowel movement while pushing. The same muscles used to push the baby out are the ones that cause a bowel movement, so if it happens, I know you’re effectively pushing and are focused on using the right muscles.
Dr. Beverly performs prenatal care and deliveries for expectant mothers. He also offers gynecological services for women of all ages. Check out his website to learn more about his OB/GYN services: