Acne during pregnancy is more common than one might think. Acne tends to flare up during pregnancy because of the body’s ever-changing hormones, as well as stress, diet and sleep problems. Controlling acne during pregnancy is different than during the teenage years. Using doctor-recommended or prescribed acne medications and natural methods to keep skin clear keeps both mother and baby safe. What Causes Pregnancy Acne? Pregnancy acne is caused by the same issues as normal acne: hormones and oils. Hormones go into overdrive during pregnancy and cause the production of pore-clogging oils that lead to breakouts. Pregnancy acne is no different from teenage acne, although a woman may breakout in different places than she did when she was younger. How Can I Prevent Pregnancy Acne? Preventing pregnancy acne is the best way to keep skin healthy and clear before and after the baby is born. Cleanse your face twice each…
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As we continue to look at sleep issues during pregnancy we realize young moms-to-be are not sleeping well enough. The most common reasons women do not sleep well during pregnancy are: Snoring as their nasal passages become swollen from fluid retention Restless legs associated with iron deficiency General discomfort In the latest poll on “Sleep in America” the National Sleep Foundation reported: Exercisers report better sleep than self-described non-exercisers even though they say they sleep the same amount each night (6 hours and 51 minutes, average on weeknights). Vigorous, moderate and light exercisers are significantly more likely to say “I had a good night’s sleep” every night or almost every night on work nights than non-exercisers (67%-56% vs. 39%). Also, more than three-fourths of exercisers (76%-83%) say their sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared to slightly more than one-half of non-exercisers (56%)….
Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect your hair. It can also affect your developing baby’s hair. Folklore has it that women who have lots of heartburn during pregnancy have babies with increased hair at birth. Indeed, this seems to be true. The hormones that cause your esophagus to relax also cause heartburn. These same hormones increase hair growth in your baby. Your hair typically grows quicker during your pregnancy. That’s because hormones influence the growth phase of your hair follicles, leading to increased hair growth. After pregnancy, your hair growth will revert to normal and you may lose a little bit of hair as the hair follicles go back to a resting phase. Breast feeding also seems to make your hair grow quicker.
As your body prepares for the baby’s passage through the birth canal, your vagina and pelvis become swollen with blood and fluid. This cushions the baby’s passage through the birth canal and helps protect you as well. However, genital and cervical swelling can make these areas more sensitive and some women experience pain with sex. Other women find intercourse more enjoyable, and your partner or husband may as well. In that case enjoy the pleasure and intimacy of sex. If however, intercourse becomes painful, explore additional ways to satisfy each other, not only for your own physical pleasure, but for the intimacy and emotional support sex provides. This will be a source of comfort for you and your baby during the nine months of pregnancy.
Leg cramps can occur during pregnancy, especially while you sleep. They may be a signal that your body is lacking potassium or calcium. Drink plenty of milk, eat dairy products like yogurt and cheese, and enjoy multiple fruits and vegetables. Also, leg cramps at night are common because of sleep position. If you sleep on your back, the covers may pull your toes down and in this position your calves will cramp. Make sure you sleep on your left side. If your legs cramp during the day, try some gentle stretching exercises. Also, walking 30 to 40 minutes a day helps strengthen your legs. As your muscles get stronger, they will cramp less readily.
There is no escaping the fact that our emotions are definitely influenced by our hormones. There is no condition more hormonal than pregnancy. Your estrogen and progesterone levels are going up at rapid rates. You have more worries and excitement. There is the wonderful expectation of a little baby coming soon to your family, but there are also the concerns of another mouth to feed and how that child will grow up. These are very real reasons to be happy and concerned at the same time. In combination with your skyrocketing hormones this leads to frequent changes in your emotions during pregnancy. Talk out these emotional changes with your friends and family. Anyone who truly cares for you will understand how you’re feeling.
Spotting during early pregnancy is not uncommon. It may occur when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus. There is rarely heavy bleeding. The vast majority of women do not spot or bleed however, a little spotting is not an indicator of any sort of problem. Bleeding can be however, and if you find you are bleeding early in pregnancy, please consult your OB.
Hot flashes are not uncommon during pregnancy. Just remember your hormones are in charge. Estrogen especially opens up your blood vessels. The blood flows through the skin and makes you feel like you are on fire. You feel very warm and uncomfortable. The best thing to do is find someplace cold, like a cool shower or bath. If it’s winter, you can step outside. Grab a cold wet towel and place it on your face or across your chest and abdomen. Ironically, once pregnancy is over, you will probably be far more sensitive to the cold then you will be to the heat.
“Don’t lose sleep over that”, is common advice for a good reason. Sleep deprivation has emerged as a significant risk factor for many diseases, from diabetes to high blood pressure and heart attacks. How about pregnancy? What are the causes and consequences for mother and baby, and what are the solutions? There are many reasons for lack of sleep during pregnancy. The most common are: Discomfort and pain Snoring, more common in overweight women and over the age of 35 Excessive caffeine consumption in coffee, soda and energy drinks Fluid retention during daily activities causing excessive nighttime urination Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Rhinitis and sinusitis Physicians now realize that sleep loss is a significant risk factor for many diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Poor sleep during pregnancy has been associated with: Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure Gestational diabetes Excessive weight gain Mood disorders including postpartum depression How to…
Sciatica is irritation of the sciatic nerve. This is the major nerve that comes out of the back and runs through your pelvis and down your leg. It allows you to move and supplies sensation to your leg. With all the changes taking place with your body, especially in the pelvis, it is easy for the sciatic nerve to get irritated during pregnancy. This is called sciatica. There are many ways to treat sciatica when you are not pregnant. These include medications, injections and sometimes surgery. However, none of these options are appropriate during pregnancy. Physical therapy can sometimes be helpful, sitting in an easy chair with your back flexed and your feet up can also make it feel better temporarily. Walking on a regular basis can ease sciatica, but not always. Tylenol is felt to be safe during pregnancy for an occasional episode of sciatica, but is not a…