Daily Health Tips: First Time Mother (FTM)!

Q: Good morning Dr. My husband told me about this page that I could share with you what I am experiencing. I got married Nov 19 this year and I missed my period this month so I went for test showing that I am pregnant. Lately I have been having morning sickness: vomiting, constipation, cramps and feeling dizzy sometimes. I have been unable to eat after cooking myself as I have nobody around helping out and whenever I eat I vomit. I am looking lean because I have not been eating well and I am not comfortable. The only thing I feed on comfortably without vomiting is pap. What can I do? And lastly I have not been sleeping well recently. It’s my first time. Please help me. I am very far from my relatives who can help
A: Pregnancy is a very interesting condition, I can tell you…being a veteran with 3 beautiful children to show for it 😀 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. Generally, the symptoms of pregnancy include:
Breast tenderness
Discharge: A thin milky discharge is normal during pregnancy
Heart burn and Constipation
Frequency of urination
Food cravings and aversions
Morning sickness/nausea
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 trust your hubby is showing you more love and support than ever. If you can’t stand cooking now, because of this, he should be supportive, help out or ensure you have help. Having him on your side will most certainly help you cope with this.
All the best, dear 😀

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