Health Hints

NOTE: If you are having medical problems, please contact your caregiver.

Headache
• warm, relaxing bath especially with magnesium salts (magnesium deficiency is very common and can cause headaches-also try supplementing with Magnesium Citrate)
• massage
• tension reducing exercises (such as shoulder circling)
• relaxation routines
• hot packs or cold packs on the back of the neck, forehead or shoulders
• lavender oil or peppermint oil on temples (dilute pure oil with carrier oil such as olive or jojoba)
• drink more water and/or juice

Heartburn
• Eat slowly
• Eat several small meals
• try a tsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with a half cup of water, or lemon juice and water after meals, or enzymes

Constipation
• drink plenty of fluids – preferably water or juice
• use a footstool while sitting on the toilet
• eat fresh fruit and roughage, supplement with Magnesium Citrate and consider using Floridex rather than other iron supplements
• moderate exercise – walking

Morning Sickness (a favorable sign that the pregnancy will continue successfully)
• drink plenty of fluids – preferably water or juice
• eat small, frequent, non-greasy meals with little odor, i.e.: crackers – preferably whole grain for nutritional value; fresh fruits, unsugared; cold chicken; a piece of (whole grain) toast before getting out of bed
• papaya enzyme tablets
• peppermint oil diluted on skin or peppermint tea
• chamomile tea
• liquid chlorophyll
• accupuncture
• ginger tea
• extra rest
• reduce stress
• cut back on vigorous exercise.
• Vitamin B6 (Vitamin B6 is also important because it strengthens the immune system, aids nerve impulse transmission, assists with energy metabolism, and synthesizes red blood cells. You can get the B6 you need from food sources as well as a vitamin supplement. A large banana provides almost an entire milligram of this B vitamin. Brown rice, lean meats, poultry, fish, avocados, liver, whole grains, corn, and nuts are also high in vitamin B6. So, provided you can stomach them, you may want to add some of these foods to your diet along with the vitamins.)

Cold, Hay Fever, Runny Nose and Cough
• cool-mist vaporizer
• saline nose drops
• rest
• liquids
• honey and lemon

Backaches
• rest
• massage
• hot or cold packs
• exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles and to decrease the curve in the lower back•
• visit the chiropractor-this can have many benefits for labor as well

Sleeplessness (common in late pregnancy)
• take a brisk walk each day
• warm bath
• warm milk
• massage
• soothing music
• a dull book (if you find yourself awake in the middle of the night)
• calcium/magnesium supplement before bed

Things to Avoid During Pregnancy
• Tetracycline (a commonly prescribed antibiotic, may retard bone growth and affect tooth development)
• Over-the-counter medications including:
• antacids
• decongestants
• cough medicines
• sleep medications
• headache remedies
• aspirin
• paint fumes
• rug shampoos
• lawn chemicals
• cleaning solvents
• pesticides
• x-rays
• caffeine and alcohol
• cat litter
• cigarette smoke (including second hand)
• Link To Complete List of Drugs Not Approved by the FDA for Pregnancy