6 Answers to Your Top Pregnancy Questions
Your body goes through some pretty amazing changes during pregnancy, but you may have to put up with some of the undesirable, lesser-known side effects too. Luckily, our pharmacists are on hand to put your mind at rest and answer your questions.
What can I do to ease…
… heartburn? Heartburn and indigestion are common during pregnancy, and some moms-to-be suffer with them daily. It happens when the muscle between your stomach and throat relaxes, which lets stomach acid back up. Try a pregnancy-friendly medicine like xxx to help neutralize the acid and ease the burning.
… bloating? Pregnancy hormones slow down your digestive system, which can lead to bloating. This can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Avoid a build-up of gas by eating meals slowly and having smaller meals throughout the day. You can also avoid foods that may make it worse like beans, lentils and some vegetables.
… hemorrhoids? Another side effect of those changing hormones is that the veins around your anus relax, and this can cause piles. Your pharmacist can recommend an over-the-counter remedy that’s safe for pregnancy. The good news? They usually disappear completely a few weeks after birth.
Is it normal that…
… my gums are bleeding? Pregnancy hormones can leave your gums more vulnerable to plaque, meaning you may find they become inflamed or bleed when you brush your teeth. Try switching your toothbrush for one with softer bristles, but if it continues, book an appointment with your dentist.
… my skin feels itchy? The skin on your tummy will stretch as your bump grows, and it’s normal to feel mild itching. Depending on your skin type, ask your pharmacist to recommend a lotion or cream to help soothe the area.
… I have bladder weakness before giving birth? Incontinence before, as well as after, pregnancy is very common. It happens because your pelvic floor muscles are relaxing and getting ready for the delivery. It doesn’t mean you have to stop laughing! Wearing a pad will keep you comfortable by soaking up any leaks straight away.
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