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Week 7

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As you approach your second trimester, your body will go through many changes to make room for your growing baby. During this exciting time, you may have to cope with some unpleasant symptoms.

That Queasy Feeling

Nausea and vomiting are very common during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. In fact, as many as 70 percent of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although often referred to as “morning sickness,” nausea and vomiting can occur any time of the day.

Although most mild cases of nausea and vomiting do not harm your baby’s health, morning sickness can become a problem. If you have difficulty keeping foods or fluids down or begin to lose weight, you may have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Call your physician right away if you suspect there may be a problem.

Here are some steps you can take to better control your morning sickness:

  • Get out of bed slowly. Sit on the side of your bed for a few minutes before getting up.
  • Eat safe snacks. Bland items such as crackers and bread can often calm feelings of nausea. Find out what foods work best for you, and keep an emergency stash in your purse or desk drawer.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. During early pregnancy, your body uses more water. If you don’t get enough fluids, it can worsen your nausea. Try to drink extra water throughout the day.
  • Breathe in fresh air. Take a short walk or try sleeping with a window open.

Changes in Oral Health

Pregnancy and increased blood volume can cause your gums to swell and bleed. To combat this, you must continue to brush and floss regularly. Try switching to a softer brush if necessary, and be sure to keep your regularly scheduled dentist visits.


Frequent Urination

During pregnancy, your kidneys work harder than ever to flush waste products from your body, which may necessitate frequent bathroom breaks. As the uterus grows, increased pressure is placed on your bladder. Although there isn’t much you can do for relief, cutting back on caffeine may help. Just be sure not to cut back on all liquids because your body needs these vital fluids for a healthy pregnancy.