Ques. 1 What are the general symptoms that should be taken care of in pregnancy?
Ans. During pregnancy: it is very important for the mother to maintain good health, otherwise it could affect her as well as her baby.
The most common symptoms during pregnancy are:
The majority of women experience nausea and vomiting during the first three months of pregnancy. Approximately 14 to 15 weeks. Nevertheless, these symptoms disappear after the fourth month but in few cases it may even persist for long time. The increase of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen is probably what causes nausea. When arterial pressure goes down it can also produce nausea.
The following indications can help you to control nausea-
- Have small and frequent meals instead of a few big meals.
- Exercise daily.
- Relaxing. Resting and the intake of minerals and water.
- If you can’t control the nausea do not prescribe yourself any medication, your child’s health is at stake; consult your physician.
- Since nausea generally occurs in the morning, eating a cracker or a piece of toast before getting up is recommended.
- Try not to eat sweets or food high in fat.
This can be due to several reasons:
(1) If your pregnancy is about to come to term, excessive weight can tear ligaments in the column causing some pain. Use a girdle for support.
(2) A back problem.
(3) Uterus size can press a nerve such as the sciatica nerve and cause pain in the lower part of the back.
(4) If pregnancy is less than 3.5 months and there is vaginal bleeding or pain in the lower part of the back or abdomen it is urgent that you see a physician. This can be an extra uterine or tubular pregnancy.
Ques. 2 What should be recommended in pregnancy?
Ans. The following is also recommended:
(1) Don’t carry heavy objects.
(2) Eliminate high heeled shoes.
(3) Sleep on a good mattress.
(4) Don’t remain standing in the same position for a long time.
Acid indigestion, Heart Burns, swelling and Constipation
Acid indigestion is produced by the flow of stomach acids towards the esophagus due to the growing baby in the uterus, which puts pressure on the stomach and causes the acid to rise. It is also a cause of swelling and constipation.
(1) Eat with moderation.
(2) Drink 8 glasses of liquid daily, 30 minutes before meals.
(3) Walk at least half an hour every day.
(4) Sleep semi-seated after eating.
(5) Eat fresh fruit and vegetables (fiber) as much as possible.
(6) Eat “whole grain” cereals.
(7) If this happens during the night, drink a glass of milk before going to bed.
Gas and stomach upset
Bad digestion and gas are generally present during pregnancy. The following is recommended:
(1) Chew food slowly.
(2) Walk ½ to 1 mile daily, this can help your digestion and eliminate gas.
(3) Check and see which food or combination of food causes gas.
(4) Eat 4 to 5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones.
(5) Do not overcook the food.
Shooting pain in the Groin:
During the last months of pregnancy the body retains more liquids than it normally does. A pain in the groin is generally produced by retention of liquid and an increase in the blood pressure of the body mainly during the last months of pregnancy.
(1) Exercising daily helps eliminate pain as does breathing deeply and lying down on one side for a while.
(2) Reduce salt intake.
(3) Don’t stand up for a long time, especially if you have varicose veins. The pressure in the lower part of your body, which is produced while standing increases.
Pain in the Pit of the Stomach:
Bad digestion is generally present during pregnancy, which is why the following is recommended:
Eliminate fats, spices, alcohol, coffee and carbonated beverages from your meals. Drink milk before each meal to cove the stomach wall and always eat with moderate ratio.
Ques. 3 What is Miscarriage?
Ans. Miscarriage can be caused by many things; some of these include the following:
(1) Bad nutrition.
(2) Inadequate, strenuous or too much exercise.
(3) Glandular disorders and infections.
(4) Emotional problems.
A balanced diet is recommended.
Ques. 4 What personality changes are seen after child birth?
Ans. Personality changes after childbirth:
Childbirth is normally a traumatic situation resulting in a totally unbalanced, organic and emotional state for the mother. The newborn baby will change the life of the couple in every sense.
Take B- Complex, Vitamins and iron (lack of this mineral can cause anemia which produces irritability and exhaustion). In addition, the intake of some hormones which play a part in the childbirth process could be required. This situation is accompanied by profound hormonal, metabolic and nutritional changes which require adequate nourishment to supply any insufficiency that may occur. In addition to the emotional care and understanding given by the family members.
Ques. 5 What are the skin problems related to pregnancy?
Ans. Hormonal imbalances cause a series of alterations in the skin. They either make it greasier or dryer or provoke spots or other changes in the skin. This occurs mainly during the first months of pregnancy.
(1) For dry skin, rub moisturizing Hand and Body Cream on the face and body and drink a lot of water (8 to 10 glasses a day).
(2) For dark blemishes on the face or red marks, eat foods rich in folic acid or B-Complex vitamins, which are present in vegetables with green leaves such as lettuce; they are also found in Brewer’s yeast, orange juice, broccoli, potatoes and wheat bran.
Ques. 6 How can stretch marks of pregnancy be controlled?
Ans. These occur because the skin on the stomach is stretching very fast. Unfortunately they are permanent.
These marks can be prevented/reduced in the following manner:
(1) Apply anti stretch marks cream which may help reduce the stretch marks.
(2) Take a lot of zinc (30 to 50 mg.) and Multi-minerals each day.
Ques. 7 What is bleeding during pregnancy?
Ans. When bleeding occurs after seventh month of pregnancy, it could be caused by the separation of the placenta and uterus. Lie down, rest and consult your physician.
(1) Since it is necessary in many occasions to correct hormonal imbalances, the intake of Protein Powder and certain hormones prescribed by your physician are recommended.
(2) Sometimes a problem arises due to lack of adequate support for the fetus, which is mainly caused by the relaxation of the cervix (cervix is the lower part of the uterus and it is ready) due to irritation, infection, etc. As a result a vaginal discharge is produced. Take vitamin K for excessive bleeding.
(3) If your pregnancy is less than 12 weeks and you feel cramps or pains in the abdomen and there is hemorrhaging this could be a pregnancy outside the uterus. Consult your physician.
(4) Consult your physician. If this problem is not cared for, it can produce a miscarriage and is complete bed rest is recommended.
Ques. 8 What is recommended for good pregnancy?
Ans. Consult your Doctor about the use of any supplements and medications. The supplements recommended below are made from the extracts of the organic plants and Salmon Fish found in the colder region, thus may appear to be costlier than the ones which are chemically synthesized and available in the market.
It is recommended to eliminate all carbonation, antihistamines, cold pills, antacid tablets, as well as any artificial sweeteners. Also avoid coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and any other drug. These recommendation are for safeguarding the baby’s health because these products can affects the baby through the mother’s blood.
During pregnancy the mother must eat the best possible diet since her child’s life is at stake. The unborn child will require a large quantity of quality nutrients for proper growth. The Omega-3 fatty acids is one of the main constituent in formation of Brain Cells, eat diet rich in Omega-3.
Ques. 9 Which Homoeopathic biochemics and medicines are advisable for safe and easy child birth?
Ans. Biocombination No. 26 is good for this case. Sepia and Pulsatilla are other symptomatically used medicines.
Prepared by: Dr Pooja, Bhopal.