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Common Pregnancy Complaints

Headaches

Hormonal shifts cause pressure in your blood vessels to fluctuate.  Caffeine withdrawal, fatigue, stress and sinus congestion can also cause headaches.  Headaches are common in pregnancy especially between 10 and 20 weeks of gestation.  Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol can be taken as directed, and is safe and effective.  For sinus pressure, place a warm compress over your eyes and nose; for tension aches, apply a cold compress to the base of your neck.  For severe headaches in the second half of pregnancy, call the doctor.

**Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen during your pregnancy**

Please check our list of medications to help alleviate your symptoms.

Constipation

Progesterone slows the digestive system and increased iron in the prenatal vitamins can harden the stool.  The combination can lead to hemorrhoids and swollen rectal veins that itch, burn and sometime bleed.  Eat a high-fiber diet of fruit, vegetables, and grains.  Exercise regularly and drink eight glasses of water a day.  It is safe to use a natural fiber such a Metamucil, Fibercon, or Senekot.  You may use a stool softener such as Colace. Please check our list of medications to help alleviate your symptoms.

Indigestion

The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscle that seals off the esophagus from the stomach, allowing acid backwash to irritate the chest.  Eat small, frequent meals, and avoid spicy, acidic, or fatty foods and carbonated or caffeinated beverages.  Sleep on your side with your head elevated.  Do not eat immediately prior to bedtime.  You may use Tums, Maalox or Mylanta safely. Please check our list of medications to help alleviate your symptoms.