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Common Ailments and Treatments


ANEMIA
or low iron count is common in pregnancy. To increase your iron intake, eat iron rich foods such as liver, meat , beans, prunes, and prune juice. It also helps to eat foods rich in vitamin C at the same time (citrus fruits), as they help your body to absorb iron better.


COLDS/CONGESTION/COUGH/SORE THROAT
Most are viral and do not require antibiotics. The best treatment is rest and fluids. Call if you have a fever of 101 degrees or greater. For symptom relief, many common products can be used. Avoid products with aspirin or alcohol in them. You can use Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Zicam, Emergen-C, ChlorTrimeton, Vicks Vaporub, Singular, Atrovent (Rx only), Mucinex, Flonase, NasalCrom, Saline rinses and Neti-pots may relieve nasal congestion. Robitussin with expectorant (non-drowsy) or cough drops, salt water gargles are ok to use.

     ~ HERBAL REMEDIES ~ Mot are untested in pregnancy. It is best to avoid those remedies

      which have unknown effects. Zinc glycine lozenges, zinc tablets have no data to show

      they are beneficial but there has been no harm shown either. Use Echinacea with

      caution. 


CONSTIPATION
Increase the fiber in your diet and exercise regularly to help prevent it. It is safe to use prune juice, Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil, Fibercon or Citrucel. You may also use a stool softener (Colace) daily if needed.


DIARRHEA
If this occurs, it is important to stay well hydrated. You can also use Imodium as directed on the label. DO NOT use Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate as they contain aspirin products. Call if it persists or worsens.


HEADACHES
Aspirin-free products (like Tylenol) are the drug of choice to use for headaches, muscle aches and /or fever. The total dose should not exceed 3500mg per day. DO NOT use any of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, or Aleve. Biofreeze is ok to use but Butterbur (Petaoblex) should not be used for migraines in pregnancy.


HEARTBURN
You may use Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Phazyme, or GasX in tablet or liquid form. If those don't work, you may use Pepsid AC, Tagamet or Zantac. The FDA recommends to avoid Pilosec OTC in pregnancy.


HEMORRHOIDS
Are varicose veins of the rectum. When symptomatic (pain, burning, itching or bleeding) you may use Tucks. Preparation H or Anusol HC to relieve symptoms.


NAUSEA/VOMITING/MORNING SICKNESS
Almost 50% of pregnant women experience some nausea and vomiting. It usually peaks at 8 weeks and resolves between 12 and 16 weeks. You may try eating small frequent meals, vitamin B6 50mg daily, 1/2 tablet of Unisom, Relief or Sea Bands, Benadryl, Dramamine, or even acupuncture. If you are unable to keep anything down for over 24 hours or show signs of dehydration (cracked lips, dry mucous membranes, decreased urination) you may need additional medical treatment.


YEAST INFECTIONS
It is best to be examined in order to accurately diagnose yeast infections. There are over-the-counter and prescription medications that are safe and effective in treating infections.

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