Backache - good posture, avoid heavy lifting, sleep on firm bed, comfortable shoes, rest and warm baths.
Constipation - drinks lots of water, increase fruits, juices, bran, and fiber intake. Stool softener such as colace over the counter.
Diarrhea- clear liquid diet and lots of water. Gatorade is helpful to correct electrolyte. Kaopectate as needed.
Dizziness/Fainting/Lightheadedness - Always sit or lie down when you have this symptom. Avoid sudden changes in position such as sitting to standing. Get up slowly.
Fever - Tylenol every 4-6 hours; call the office if temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Round ligament/Groin pain - sharp, sudden pain in the groin area cuased by the uterus growing to accomodate the baby. Warm compressors and/or tyleno is helpful. Move carefully and get off your feet when possible.
Headache - take tylenol as needed but call office should you experience visual disturbances like blurred vision or spots.
Hemorroids - Best prevention is drinking lots of water and fiber intake during the pregnancy. Sitz bath (warm water in tub) twice a day, Prep H pack.
Ingestion/Reflux - Avoid hot, spicy foods; may take maalox, mylanta, tums, and/or pepcid. May need precription medication if not resolved.
Leg cramps - wear support pantyhose and comfortable shoes. Keep feet elevated.
Nausea - avoid flavored or spicy food. Eat neutral food such as wheat bread or pasta, small portions, crackers. vitamin B 6 (100mg per day) is helpful along with prescribed medications.
Sexual Intercourse - continue as long as comfortable unless you have spotting or you break your water bag.
Swellon (Edema) -elevating your leg as much as possible, avoid tight shoes or rings on fingers, lower salt intake. Do not recommend "water pills."
Vaginal discharge - present during the pregnancy and progressively worsen as you approach your due date which is normal. However, signs of infection are itching or foul odor, and greenish or yellowish color.