Pregnancy comes with a lot of hormonal aches. a headache, toothache, backache, a lot of problems you have to deal with while being pregnant. Although some medicines/drugs are not considered safe to be taken while being pregnant, still there are few medicines like over the counter medicines are generally considered safe and those are prescribed by your OBGYN.
Sometimes, a pregnant woman falls trap of such ailments that she cannot avoid medicine at all and to cure that specific condition which has to be treated with medicine so it doesn’t seem to harm baby or mom-to-be.
It is extremely important to pay special attention to the medications/drugs or supplements you take while you are pregnant, especially during the first trimester, which is a crucial time of development for the baby.
In both of my pregnancies, I had to take amoxicillin (an antibiotic). The first time it was because of tooth infection and the second time it was due to Urinary tract infection. To treat both of these ailments I had no choice other than antibiotics.
Here is a breakdown for what conditions in pregnancy you might have to take prescribed drugs which are considered safe if taken moderately. Still, you should avoid unless taking those is the last option.
[I am not a medical professional, this information is based on my experience while pregnant. Whatever medicine I had taken during my pregnancy was prescribed by my doctor/midwife].
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Medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy for common discomforts and pains
Take Tylenol and try to rest for fifteen minutes to an hour (as long as you can). Try to keep your worries aside for some time and take a sleep break.
2. Backache/Hip Pain or Abdominal Cramping:
If you are having a backache or hip pain, try to take a warm shower, lay down and rest for some time. Overtiredness can cause backache. Try relieving your pain with a heating pad. Wearing a belly band and having massage should certainly help. If not relieved, it is safe to take Tylenol.
Although you have abdominal cramping every now and then. However, if you feel that your pain is getting worse and it is still not time, yes you can take Tylenol and take some rest.
For a tailbone pain, I highly recommend using donut cushion during pregnancy. It works great for tailbone pain during pregnancy and after delivery as well.
3. Leg Cramping:
Overexertion, and too much walking or standing for long hours can cause leg cramping, especially during night time.
If you are feeling tired or ached, you have to lay down and rest because if you are not well-rested you have to take more medication which is certainly not advised.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a culprit for all these pains. If you are constipated, drinking water should help.
For a minor toothache, you have no choice other than Tylenol. If you don’t want to take Tylenol and the pain is unbearable you can still try some home remedies or oral gel available over the counter.
At times extreme pain does trigger early labor that’s why it is advised by doctors to get your dental issues fixed. Pregnancy hormones tend to trigger dental problems.
5. Tooth Infection
In order to treat tooth infection, you have to take antibiotics. Amoxicillin is considered safe to take during pregnancy. It should be prescribed by your medical professional. Please if you are advised to take antibiotics, finish your dose as advised, infection tends to come back if not treated thoroughly.
6. Urinary Tract Infection
If you have been tested positive for UTI, you have to take antibiotics (amoxicillin). UTI keeps coming back if not cured properly. You have to take medicine and a lot of care to prevent from having it again.
Empty your bladder by leaning forward while urinating.
If you have swelling in your feet, hands, elevate legs, use compression stocking and drink lots of water.
If you are suffering from the lack of sleep, taking Benadryl is considered safe during pregnancy.
Safe exercise during pregnancy should help in fighting fatigue. Try to establish good sleeping patterns and take naps.
If constipation gets worse you can take a stool softener. Colace is advised along with increasing fiber and hydration in your diet.
You might get a prescription for diarrhea medicine which are Immodium, Kaopectate liquid, Maalox. Instead of taking medicines you can try to decrease fiber in your diet until diarrhea resolves, Avoid trigger food and eat mild food like bananas, rice, toasts, applesauce, bone broth, and stay hydrated.
Gas can be really painful, Avoid gas triggering food, spicy food, fried food. Go for a walk or do stretching head down buttocks up. You can take Gas-X, Simethicone, and Gaviscon.
You should avoid laying down right after eating meals. Try to avoid fried and spicy food that cause heartburn or acidity for you.
For heartburn Tums, Zantac, Maalox, Mylanta, Axid, Pepcid, Mylacon, Tagamet are considered as safe as prescribed by your doctor.
17. Cold and Cough
If you get a cold or cough during pregnancy, ask your doctor about safe medications. However, Tylenol, Actified, Robitussin, Robitussin DM, Robitussin PE, Benadryl, are considered safe to take.
Other than these you can drink hot soups, bone broths, ginger tea. Rest as much as you can.
Word of Caution
Please let your doctor know about what vitamins or supplements you are taking or any medications you are taking before getting pregnant and even while being pregnant like prenatal, folic acid, biotin or any other supplements. Not every supplement is considered safe during pregnancy.
Just try not to be too busy to drink water. Sometimes you are already juggling up with so much while pregnant that you tend to forget about water.
If you are pregnant and considering these hydrating drinks, just watch out for caffeine intake.
If that’s the case, keep a water bottle around you. Preferably on each level if you have to move up and down. Sometimes you feel just too lazy to get up and go all the way to your kitchen to drink water.
Try not to drink water that is too cold or too hot. Just a room temperature water should be fine.
2. Take essential Prenatal Vitamins/Magnesium/Potassium
Lack of magnesium or potassium might also be the reason for leg cramps or leg pain during pregnancy.
Magnesium is known to improve muscle health. Eating magnesium and potassium-rich food while you are pregnant or in everyday life other than pregnancy is the best choice for your health.
Banana is a rich source of potassium. Eating a banana with a cup of milk would certainly help.
If you have muscle twitching during pregnancy most likely in the second and third trimester, you should take magnesium tablets if your OBGYN gives you a green signal about taking magnesium supplements other than your prenatal vitamins. Just take the recommended dosage.
You can take potassium for your leg crampings if they happen quite often other than pregnancy.
3. Yoga Pose or Stretching
If cramping gets worse at night, you should try this yoga pose. It worked for me 100% every time I had leg cramps in the middle of the night.
Reclining Hero Pose
It is a modified form of reclining hero pose. Sit up on your buttocks – legs folded on a comfortable place (floor or a bed). Place your hands on the back of the pelvis and release your lower back and upper buttocks. Then finish reclining, either onto the floor or a support blanket or a pillow. Use as much height as you need to make the position reasonably comfortable.
Recline unless you feel stretch in your legs. You can move your lower legs outside only if you feel comfortable doing it. It takes a lot of flexibility though. Stay in this position for a couple of minutes (as shown in the picture) and relax.
Caution: If you have any serious condition of a back, knee or ankle avoid this pose.
Due to your baby weight on your belly won’t let you stay in this position for a long time.
This pose will help in relieving your cramps. It works for my leg cramps whenever I have trouble sleeping.
If you think this is something you cannot do, just try random legs stretching. Sit up and straighten your legs. Try touching your toes with your hands by leaning forward.
4. Massage your legs
If you are lucky enough to have someone massage your legs with essential oils in the middle of the night. Olive oil works great. Massage is a great way to relax your muscles. It is known to be one of the most effective ways of relieving cramps.
You may want to try compression socks to relieve leg pain. These socks would help with blood circulation and works very well even during postpartum.
Eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet can actually help. Food that is rich in Calcium, Potassium is of great benefit to you and the baby.
Eat Bananas and milk every day.
Dates, Figs, Coconut, almonds, walnuts, and raisins should be kept at an arm’s reach if night time hunger pangs hit.
Calcium-rich food would help in relieving pain.
6. Take Prenatal Vitamins at night
Prenatal vitamins are super essential while you are pregnant and until you are breastfeeding. You need to take your vitamins regardless. It is somehow recommended to take your prenatal vitamins at night.
This may help minimize cramping at night significantly.
Moreover, too much laziness/less movement in your lifestyle can even slow down blood circulation. Walk as much as you are comfortable with. Stretching can help in reducing leg cramps. Stay active, hydrated and listen to your body. When your body tells you that you feel tired, sit down, put your feet up and rest until you get your energy back.
Leg cramping is a common pregnancy discomfort, however, if you experience that even without being pregnant, you may want to get your vitamin D levels checked. For some people, leg cramping is one of the significant symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
C-section or Cesarean delivery is a surgical procedure to deliver one or more babies. C section is different than a vaginal delivery. It is performed in case if a mother or a baby is at risk as if there is twin pregnancy or more, breech baby, high blood pressure, or problems with the placenta or umbilical cord.
I have had two C sections 19 months apart to be exact. Despite having a surgical delivery I stayed at the hospital for two nights only for both of my deliveries. All I wanted was to go home and rest.
Since, C-section delivery needs a lot of post-care to recover faster internally and externally, both.
I was able to recover super quick after my C-section deliveries as my nurses at the hospital gave helpful instructions before I was allowed to go home.
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Post-C-section Recovery tips to heal faster and better for new moms
1. Sleep and rest
In my experience, I could hardly sleep in the hospital at both of my deliveries. You really have to sleep whenever you can. Once you have a baby it is not easy to fall asleep without worries.
Life has changed already now.
You have to feel healthy, well-rested in order to take care of your baby. Sleep whenever you can because once you have a new addition to your family, you tend to get visitors out of love to see your little one. Eventually, you get more tired and exhausted due to sleep deprivation and guests all day.
However, if you are not physically or emotionally ready to take guests, you may want to delay visits for a few weeks. It all depends on how you feel in your postpartum period.
Some women need more sleep to function properly. At the end of the day, you are the one who is going to take care of the baby besides all that daytime help (if you are lucky enough to have). So you have to take care of yourself first.
Typically, you can get done with post-delivery procedures with you and your baby in a couple of days and for that reason, you do not have to be at the hospital for too long – only if you do not have any other medical concerns. In my opinion, if your doctor says okay to go home, you should.
Once my baby was out, they stapled me. Voila!!! That’s it …. No medicine to apply. Once my catheter was out I could take shower the next day which was much needed. Also, in just about three days the staples were removed.
The scar heals on its own, you don’t have to apply anything unless it is prescribed by a surgeon. This does not mean that you are not vulnerable to any kind of infection. You really have to watch out for any signs of blood oozing out, infection or swelling.
You may have your partner keep a close eye on your stitches. If you see anything concerning, seek professional advice right away.
3. Pain Medication
Painkillers, like Percocet, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen will be prescribed. Although medicines are to be taken 6 to 8 hours depending on your pain level also you can skip it if you do not feel a need for it.
Make sure your legs are not hurting too much because you might end up having a clot so to deal with that they have very soothing leg pads that ensure blood circulation.
Once your catheter is out you have to go to the bathroom by yourself and you have to actually start walking. Walking is really essential to healing fast. Don’t overdo it.
Sometimes legs start hurting as a consequence of an epidural or spinal you get for delivery. If your legs keep hurting once you get home, you can get compression socks to ensure your legs are not giving you a hard time along with new mom struggles.
5. No Heavy Lifting
Do not pick anything heavier than the baby. If you have a toddler, do not hold her out of emotions for at least 2 weeks. Please DO NOT PICK older kids up for at least two weeks.
Your body from inside takes a while to heal. But heavy lifting and not resting may cause an “umbilical hernia” and you might end up again in the hospital for another surgery. In adults, too much abdominal pressure could cause an umbilical hernia, in case you have multiple surgeries back to back.
6. Wearing Belly belt
Hospitals provide you with belly belt after a C-section. It is highly recommended to wear belly wrap, it will not only help you with a lot of support around your abdominal area but also it will help you get in shape by shrinking your abdominal muscles quickly.
7. Avoid stairs
Avoid going up and down the stairs for at least two weeks. If you really have to depend on your house configuration, room, bathroom, and kitchen location, then be careful to do it once or twice only if you think you are ready also your body is ready to handle this.
After delivery, it takes about 3 to 5 days to have a milk supply right away. For both of my deliveries, it took a couple of days to get the right amount of supply. This made my babies lose more than 10% of their birth weight, so I had to supplement to meet their eating requirements as per the pediatrician advice. Always consult your doctor.
If you are a first-time mom and you are planning to breastfeed it is always a good idea to have a lactation consultant help you how to latch on your baby. It seems really easy but some babies are hard to latch on. Hospitals offer a lactation class at the hospital for new moms. Those are really helpful.
Place a pillow in your lap to elevate baby for nursing, so you don’t have to bend on to your baby rather bring your baby on a reasonable height and position to nurse.
You definitely going to need some stool softeners. They give you these in hospital but you have to keep having them for about 10 days unless you get a regular bowel movement. At my first delivery, I had to take it for more than a month. But the second time it was just about three weeks.
You might be prescribed a Stool softener if you need it before you go home.
However, drinking rose water would help you a lot with constipation.
11. What to eat and what not
It is always advised to have a soft whole-grain kind of food post-delivery. This will help in milk supply as well as your bowel movement would be less painful if you have a vaginal delivery.
Wait, did anyone tell you that when you have a c section delivery you won’t be able to feel your abdominal area for about six months at least?
Well yes, the reason why your nerves get slashed so it will take more time to get all those sensations back.
Coming back to food – drink a lot of meat broth or veggies broth (if you are vegetarian).
Boil eggs, oatmeal, salt, and black pepper spiced minced meat, bone broth. Take as much soft food as you can. It would help you heal better and your intestines would thank you.
Well if you can’t have all those things, eat whatever you feel like eating.
Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your baby at this point in time. Do not take it lightly. It may take more time to recover/heal internally and externally than in vaginal delivery. A healthy mom can take care of her family in a better way.
Are you having a toddler and a baby under 2 years?
Does the situation sound overwhelming?
Well, as a matter of fact, It is!
I had my daughter when my son was 19 months to be exact. Though my second one was planned because I wanted a sibling for my son to play around and be interactive. My second is almost 10 months now and I am so grateful that I have had them under two. It is tough in the beginning when both of them are too little to understand anything and you are just stressing over with everything and yes, certainly it takes time to get hold of the situation when you can actually enjoy that.
When I was expecting my daughter I was searching up the internet to look for some suggestions on how to handle your first child on the arrival of the second one with a planned C-Section.
There are a few challenges for a mom to take care of her children when she is not in the best of her health. Let it be a vaginal or C section delivery, it is going to be a struggle for every mom.
Update: My second one is turning 2 and my first one is 3.5 years. I cannot deny the struggles but let me tell you, 2 years later I can write a full post on JOYS of having two under 2.
Tips for moms having two kids under 2 years
Having multiple kids with a little age gap is tough in the beginning, especially when they are small and need mom’s undivided attention and love. Despite things get better with time, but you need to know how to manage the early phase of pregnancy and early phase of a newborn stage with a toddler and that takes a lot of courage.
The Pregnancy Phase
So, the tough part with a year old starts when you get to know you are expecting your second child when your first is also a baby yet.
Every pregnancy is different, but the hormones make it worse. You cannot deny the lethargy, fatigue, body aches, cramping, mood swings, depression, anxiety so and so forth.
Every child is different, some are hyperactive whereas some are not, either way, your energy to entertain both types is not substantial. You feel lethargic but your little explorer wants your undivided attention.
Regardless, your first one deserves your time and energy but you just can’t really help all those pregnancy hormones. Believe it or not, there are times when you are too lazy to even feed your baby.
1. Eat and drink well to maintain the required amount of energy.
2. Take help as much as you can.
3. Take nap or rest sitting next to him while you engage your little one’s brain into some learning activity or an alphabet song on TV could definitely be a lifesaver.
4. Please avoid heavy lifting while you are pregnant as much as you can.
5. Keep some walk or exercise in your daily routine as instructed by your OBGYN because in pregnancy you are very much vulnerable to get diastasis recti. It is a condition of tearing up of abdominal muscles due to the belly stretch. If you want to learn more about Diastasis Recti.
The stress is real of having two C-section deliveries without much gap. You may want to consider the option of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section). Since internal healing takes a lot of time due to that reason most of the OBGYNs do not suggest VBAC only if you are trying after 2 year at least.
Please follow these instructions along with what your nurse/OBGYN advice.
No heavy lifting. Do not pick anything heavier than the newborn baby.
2. Do not hold your toddler until 2 weeks even out of emotions. Avoid holding him for about 4 weeks if possible.
3. No crazy stairs for about two weeks. If you have to go up and down just do it once a day and plan accordingly.
4. If someone offers you help, take it!
5. Have someone/partner to keep an eye on your incision. It should be healing day by day. Any sign of infection or bleeding should be discussed with the doctor.
6. Spend time with your toddler. Your toddler needs full attention. You just have to be more inclined to your first one because he/she understands more than the newborn. Have some books, toys, and activities ready before your delivery so that you can give him/her more time and attention. On the other hand what newborn does is –eat, sleep and poop.
7. Cook meals before your delivery and freeze them. Keep your toddlers food frozen especially ready-made fries and hashbrown.
To be honest about how you feel about your first-born is way too precious because your first child gives you the honor and feeling of being a mother. This does not mean that your second one is any less than the first one. It is just about experiencing the emotional connection with your first child since you have spent a considerable amount of time and energy with him/her.
The love for your second one takes time and it is way beyond imaginations.
All those motherly worries running back of the mind about how would he going to manage the time without mama being there so and so forth. When my daughter was born, it took some time to feel that emotional switch.
Initially, this is going to be a really emotional phase. You are going to long for your first one and you will be emotionally so much out of place because you could not feel for your second one the way you feel for your first one.
This feeling doesn’t make you any less of a mom or of course, you love both of your children but the transition is time taking. You will end up feeling so much guilt about your feelings but it’s normal and more hormonal.
When you are pregnant and also after delivery, your first one needs your undivided attention which is not possible for you at this time as you are in the healing phase especially after a C-section when you cannot have a toddler sit in your lap. You need some sit and play activity for her so enjoy her presence around you.
You can have these learning toys for your toddler to have her sit with you so you can rest.
Well, nursing would have been a lot different and relatively better with your first one when you do not have any distraction and you are sitting there reading something on the phone or using a laptop.
With one toddler at hand and a nursing newborn things ain’t going to be the same. You need thorough planning to engage your toddler as there are full-fledged chances of jealousy.
Before you sit down and nurse your newborn, your first one should be entertained. keep your toddler’s favorite toys and books at your nursing station that is within your arm’s reach to avoid any stress.
Few things you need to remember when you are home and you have to take care of both of your children when you are not in the best of your health- be it hormones, sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression. All you have to keep in mind, your babies are going to grow out of this stage before you even know it. This too shall pass.
Having a hospital bag ready for the delivery day is an exciting time in a mom’s life.
Overwhelmed with an upcoming beautiful change in your life yet challenging, and you must be wondering what are the hospital bag essentials for a delivery day.
First, you have to be prepared for your baby’s arrival by packing up your hospital bag having all your essential items for mom and the baby.
However, you actually want to know what to pack in your bag for your stay at the hospital. You can’t really be sure when you are going to be in the hospital for delivery, for that reason, your bag has to be ready by 34 weeks. I am going to tell you what you really need to pack for your big day so that you don’t overpack out of sheer excitement. Hospital is going to provide you with pretty much everything.
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I would suggest a reasonable size four wheels hand carry. It would be easier to stroll, either it’s you or your partner.
2. Trousers, shirts, and slippers
A comfortable couple of loose trousers and shirts. Well, It can’t be certain enough if you gonna end up having normal or C-section delivery, you still got to prepare for keeping both in mind. In the case of C-section delivery, when you are bandaged down there, you should not wear anything that is tight.
Your shirts should be comfortable, airy and about the size of your 7 months of pregnancy. It highly depends on how much you had gained in your pregnancy.
A large size cardigan is essential just in case you have visitors.
Well, it is not advisable to pack all your vanity items for your hospital stay. Rather just pack on your make up essentials to have you look more natural and fresh.
A good coverage foundation, lipstick, and a natural-looking blush. Trust me, you would hardly get more than 10 mins for your make up. That’s the beginning of motherhood.
Eyeliner is something you might need the most if you wear that in your daily routine.
A good lip balm is a must for dry lips because if you opt for epidural/spinal, you won’t be able to eat or drink anything until you deliver.
Okay, that’s the real deal now. The toughest part when you become a mom. Breastfeeding is a pure motherhood experience but it is really going to be painful in the beginning until you get your milk flow. When you latch your baby on your breast, it is going to hurt initially, your breasts may get a cracky itchy, bleed. But it is all going to pass soon in a few weeks. But to keep pain and discomfort bearable, you have to keep your nipples moisturized with a good nipple cream that is safe for baby.
Have them dry for some time once your baby is done. You need a well-supported nursing bra until you get your milk flow. For a c-section, it takes a few days to get the right milk flow. Once the flow is there it is recommended to wear a well-supported nursing bra to avoid sagging of your breasts.
Whatever gadgets you use, be that iPad or iPhone, iPod, you should have a charger for them and a long cable charger. If you have a C-section neither you can help yourself with chargers nor you can call nurses for that. They have to watch other patients too.
If you are not a first-time mom then you might have a toddler with you. Keep his needs in mind just in case if he visits you in the hospital like keeping a tablet, toy or activity books for him.
Just to avoid sibling jealousy, have your child’s favorite toy wrapped as a gift in your bag, and you can give to your older child (under 2 most likely) comes to visit you at the hospital.
Things you don’t need in your delivery bag
No Sanitary Napkins: You don’t need to take any sanitary napkins with you. Hospital is going to provide you with the giant size pads you need.
No Panties: You don’t need to take any panties either. Hospital is going to take care of that too. If you want to keep one it is totally up to you. You can bring home some of those with you because that underwear is lightweight, breathable and absolutely comfortable.
Please do not use any liquid-locking sanitary pads or tampons after delivery if you get stitches down there. You are vulnerable to get infections so you better be very careful with every product you use.
A couple of newborn outfits: Make sure those outfits have cuff sleeves as newborns have sharp nails and their hands are too small for mittens.
In the beginning, the baby’s temperature has to be maintained, so they want you to do skin to skin with your baby and they usually keep her undressed just wrapped up in a sheet.
They dress up your baby once they give a sponge bath. But every hour nurses keep coming for baby’s checkup and they have to undress her anyway. They just wrap her up nicely. So keep any outfits handy if you have visitors. Just to be precise they don’t bother to dress her up again.
No pacifier for your newborn until your baby gets the hang of breastfeeding.
Although nurses take care of mom and baby at the hospital still staying there is not really a pleasant thing to do. Every other minute nurses keep coming and you can hardly rest. It is always better to keep your stay short at the hospital if you and the baby both are healthy and your doctor is comfortable enough to let you go home.
Doctors won’t let you go home unless they know you are in good shape to handle yourself and your baby.
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