Anemia or “low iron” is quite common in pregnancy. To increase your iron intake, eat iron rich foods such as liver, meat, beans, lentils, eggs and prunes.
Most colds and sore throats are viral and antibiotics will have no effect. The best treatment is lots of fluids and rest. Call the office for a fever of 101.0 F or greater.
For symptom relief you may take Tylenol but avoid aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin or Advil.
Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Sudafed, Robitussin with expectorant or cough drops are safe to use.
The hormones of pregnancy cause constipation. The first thing that helps, is to increase the fiber in your diet. Metamucil, Fibercon can help. You may also use a stool softener such as Colace as needed.
For non-migraine headaches, Acetaminophen products (eg. Tylenol) are safe to use. They can also be used for muscle/back aches and fever. Do not go over the recommended dose on the bottle. Do not use aspirin or non-steroidal products drugs such as Motrin, Aleve, or Advil.
Very common in pregnancy, try Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta. If these do not work, you may use Pepcid, Zantac or Prilosec.
They become worse with pregnancy. When they become painful (for instance, burning, itching or bleeding), try Tucks, Preparation H or Anusol HC.
This disease is caused by the parvovirus B19 and is common among school age children. 50-75 % of women have immunity from past infections. If you are exposed, a test can be done to test your immunity.
Morning Sickness (Nausea and vomiting)
Many women experience nausea and vomiting. It usually resolves around 12-14 weeks. There are various medications that are over the counter to try, please discuss this with the office. If you are unable to keep anything down for over 24 hours and become dehydrated, please call the office. Try these nausea comfort measures.
In order to obtain a correct diagnosis, it is best to call the office for an appointment. However, over the counter yeast medication is safe to use.