Shortness of Breath
Also called dyspnea (or dyspnoea) this is a common complaint among many pregnant women. Just climbing a flight of stairs may cause breathlessness. Some women think that the cause is due to their increased weight but that is not the case.
In the early stages, shortness of breath is caused by the pregnancy hormones. They inc [...]
Avoid taking pain relieving medications for headaches. Many headache medications may have harmful effects on a developing baby. Instead try natural methods for relief.
• Rest. Lie down in a dark, quiet room with your eyes closed
• Avoid sudden movements. For example, don’t jump up from bed or a chair
• Relax in a war [...]
Causes that Trigger Headaches -
• Stress and frustration
• Fatigue and lack of rest
• Sinus congestion
• Withdrawal from caffeine, smoking, etc.
Many women experience headaches during pregnancy. They occur particularly in their first and second trimesters. Hormonal changes during pregnancy trigger these headaches.
The headaches can be of various types. Short, persistent or pounding. In fact, women with no prior history of migraines, have their first migraine headaches during pregnancy [...]
This is seen on the lower limbs and feet during pregnancy. This is caused by the enlarging uterus pressing on the major veins in the legs. This slows down the return of blood from the legs and the pelvic area to the heart resulting in swelling (oedema) in the legs.
Simple Remedies for Swelling and Varicose Veins
• Wear clot [...]
New carpets can emit harmful chemicals from backing material and adhesives, dyes and fire retardants which you would be inhaling all day long.
Several new studies suggest that a common flame retardant (deca-PBDE) used in carpets and upholstery can impair a baby’s developing central nervous system and brain. PBDEs can cross t [...]
Lead (in Paints)
If you are living in an old home where the paint on the walls are chipping, peeling, or being removed you can be at a high risk of lead poisoning.
When the paint is being removed make sure that you stay away from the house during that period. Don’t return until the room has been well ventilated.
Make sure furniture in [...]
Warm the area with a hot water bottle Heartburn and Belching
A common symptom among women during pregnancy is a burning pain in the chest and upper abdomen. It is frequently accompanied by an unpleasant taste in the mouth and belching (burping).
Don’t worry. These are just indications of heartburn and it is not associated with any heart [...]
The wisest thing to do would be to buy a water filter. The filter will remove lead, chlorine, mercury and other chemicals present in the water. Your water will be absolutely safe for drinking and cooking purposes.
Lead (In Tap Water)
Some homes may have lead pipes or copper piping with lead solder that can allow lead to enter the tap water. Lead is one of the most toxic metals to children. Lead poisoning can cause premature birth, low birth weight and permanent damage to a baby’s developing nervous system. It can also affect the kidneys.
The best [...]