Practical Advice

Back pain

I have back pain, what should I do?

The increased volume and weight of the uterus causes a curvature leading to dorsal and lumbar pain. If this becomes too significant, talk to your physician who will prescribe physiotherapy or osteopathy sessions.

Practical advice:

  • Do not carry excessively heavy loads
  • Balance loads in both arms
  • Do not remain standing unnecessarily
  • Make correct movements with good posture
  • Swimming

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Burning urination

It burns when I urinate, what should I do?

Burning upon urination, lower abdominal pain and/or fever; Consult your physician, this can indicate urinary infection. It is rather common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes (progesterone causes stasis/urinary retention) and compression by the uterus.

Practical advice :
Drink plenty of water.

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Baby blues

I feel sad, exhausted, unable to cope.

Is this the baby blues?

The baby blues occurs within 3 to 10 days after childbirth. The baby blues is not an illness but rather a reaction to a state of fatigue, drop in hormones and change in status: daughter, wife then mother.

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Car

I would like to travel, what method of transport should I use?

Car: Traveling by car is not contraindicated. Be careful during long trips about the risk of premature labor.

Practical advice:

  • During a long journey, plan regular breaks
  • Fasten your seatbelt

The train is preferable for long distances.

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Traveling

I would like to travel, what method of transport should I use?

Car: Traveling by car is not contraindicated. Be careful during long trips about the risk of premature labor.

Practical advice:

  • During a long journey, plan regular breaks
  • Fasten your seatbelt

The train is preferable for long distances.

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Dizziness

I am experiencing dizziness, what should I do?

In the first few months, dizziness can be one of the inconveniences of pregnancy.

Practical advice:

  • Rest on your side
  • Avoid sudden changes in position
  • Favor a regular and balanced diet (3-5 meals a day)
  • Possibly drink or eat one sugary product (hypoglycemia)

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Stretch marks

I have stretch marks, can they be prevented?

Stretch marks are caused by the stretching of the skin due to the growth of the uterus and weight gain. They form reddish lines on the abdomen and breasts and fade after delivery to become whitish.

Unfortunately, nothing can prevent them effectively.

Practical advice:

  • Balanced weight gain
  • Proper hydration of the skin with a cream

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Varicose veins

I have varicose veins, what should I do?

Pregnancy can lead to varicose veins. They are due to increased blood volume, a hormone (progesterone) and uterine weight which prevents good venous return.
They fade after pregnancy.

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Colds

I have the flu (common cold, sore throat, cough, etc.) without fever, what should I do?

The common cold is not dangerous for the baby. You can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea)
  • For example, for coughs: thyme tea with honey and lemon
  • For example, for colds: inhalation, seawater spray

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Gastric flu

I am suffering from diarrhea and/or vomiting, what should I do?

Gastroenteritis, “gastric flu", typically lasts 24-72 hours.
It is mainly caused by viruses.

These viruses are mostly not dangerous to the fetus, but you can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea, broth)
  • Eat rice/carrots/bananas

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