Daily Health Tips:Early Pregnancy


Q: Hi doc, I just discovered am six weeks gone. I feel very weak and I find it difficult to eat and most times I feel like vomiting. This is my first time. What do I do to make sure my baby is in good condition eg like things I need to eat? I am really waiting for your response. Thank you doc
 
A: Congratulations on your pregnancy!
 
Pregnancy can affect different women differently. For some women, they hardly feel a thing and others spend the whole nine months (…and then some :D) in bed. I remember mine very vividly. To start with, I had no idea I was pregnant. I was doing my house job/internship then and I worked in the Emergency Room (ER). This particular ER was extremely busy, a lot of times and specifically at this time in question. So, I couldn’t afford the distraction of a fever…because that was what I kept experiencing. Fever and that peculiarly Nigerian symptom of internal heat 😀 I shrugged it off and kept going. But these symptoms were going nowhere! It worsened such that when I smelt perfume, I would throw up and I had this absolutely disgusting taste in my mouth. Sounds like malaria, yes? Well, I freely confess to not being the best patient and so I didn’t run a test neither did I treat myself. I just figured it would go away (Quick disclaimer: please don’t practice this when you are pregnant or at any time at all :D)
 
Anyways, back to you…..
 
Morning sickness during pregnancy can be really trying! I know…I suffered through it! Oh boy! Thank God I’m over all of that now…I’m a grandmother in waiting 😀
 
Now, for the rest of you who still have to go through this, I’ll share some tips.
 
The standard teaching is to try eating some bland foods like Crackers biscuits or dry toast. That personally didn’t work for me. I preferred tart things…which some may want to avoid. I loved lemons during my pregnancies. They were the one thing guaranteed to ‘wake up’ my mouth and chase nausea far away. I also had a particular brand of very tart bubble gum, I indulged in 😀 These were key for me because, though I didn’t have the real bad case of morning sickness that sent you to the hospital, brushing my teeth in the morning always sent me into a bout of retching/vomiting. So, I always had a ready supply of the gum or lemon/lime to pop into my mouth once I was done brushing/retching! Not a very pleasant memory ;D
 
So, if lemons work for you to prevent nausea, go for it. Remember that moderation is key. A few drops (one or two) in a glass of water are enough to provide that tart kick that sends nausea far away.
 
There is a catch here though…remember the heart burn associated with pregnancy. The acid content of lemon might make the heart burn and any pre-existing gastro-esophageal (stomach and esophagus/gullet) problems worse. So, this is all the more reason to be very moderate or stop if it exacerbates an already bad case of heart burn. Wherever and whenever in doubt, please be sure to see your doctor.
 
Other tips:
• Eat little amounts of food frequently as an empty tummy increases the likelihood of throwing up. Remember this is not an excuse to binge and over eat
 
• Avoid fatty and greasy foods.
 
• Avoid smells that trigger nausea
 
• Cold foods may be preferable to hot as the former does not give off smells that may cause you to feel queasy.
 
• Get loads of fresh air and rest
 
• And drink sufficient fluids daily
 
I hope this helps
 
Have a good night everyone 😀
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