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Pregnancy Quote:

“A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.” – Author Unknown

 

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Size of Fetus at Two Months:

At the end of two months, your baby will be approximately between 1/2 inch and 1 inch long.   

 

 Morning Sickness: Ways to Cope

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More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness.1 The following remedies may help alleviate the queasiness, nausea, and vomiting that comes with it.

Ginger: According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “taking three 250-milligram capsules of ginger a day plus another capsule right before bed may help relieve nausea.”2

Peppermint or Mint: Drinking peppermint (or mint) tea or chewing on fresh peppermint (or mint) leaf may help settle a nauseous stomach.

Water: If you are dealing with nausea and vomiting, you may be dehydrated. Replenish by drinking water – it also may help settle your queasy stomach.

Crackers: Crackers, particularly saltine crackers, may help settle your stomach by absorbing excess stomach acids, helping to alleviate nausea and vomiting.

Acupressure Wristbands: These wristbands may help relieve feelings of nausea. 

Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before trying any of these remedies to make sure they are right for you.

 


 

   Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin B6

What you need to know!

What is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), part of the B-complex family of vitamins.

The importance of vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 may help ease nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.3

Are you getting enough?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 100 mg (or less) of vitamin B6 each day may help alleviate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.4  It is important, however, to check with your healthcare provider before taking vitamin B6 so you know the right amount for you. 

 


 

Normal to Experience:

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Excess gas and bloating

Got gas? You’re not alone. Most pregnant women experience gas and bloating during pregnancy.

Why so gassy? It’s mainly due to your uterus enlarging, your intestines shifting, and your hormones (particularly progesterone) surging. All lead to a major slowdown of the digestive process. This slowdown results in a marked increase in burps, bloating – and flatulence.

How to cope?

  • Avoid foods that made you gassy before pregnancy, like dairy, starchy foods, beans, or cabbage
  • Try drinking more water – if you can’t stand water, how about a low sugar, low acid fruit juice?
  • If your prenatal vitamin contains iron, make sure it is in a form you can tolerate
  • Add high-fiber fruits, vegetable, and whole grains to your diet
  • Move your body more – light exercise may help boost your digestion  

Consult with your healthcare provider to see if the advice above is right for you if you feel the amount of gas and bloating you experience is too excessive, or if you feel abdominal pain.   

 


 

Watch Out for:

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Excessive nausea and vomiting   

While some nausea and vomiting is expected during pregnancy, excessive, severe nausea and vomiting, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, should prompt you to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Hyperemesis gravidarum usually occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy and may lead to serious dehydration. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the following factors may increase your risk:

  • Being overweight
  • A first-time pregnancy
  • Experiencing the condition before  
  • Expecting more than one baby
  • Abnormal cell growth inside the uterus, known as trophoblastic disease5 

 


 

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.

References:

  1. Morning Sickness. American Pregnancy Association. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/morning-sickness-during-pregnancy/
  2. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Frequently Asked Questions. Morning Sickness. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Morning-Sickness
  3. Sahakian V, Rouse D, Sipes S, et al., Vitamin B6 is effective therapy for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Jul;78(1):33-6.
  4. Morning Sickness. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000604.htm.
  5. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (Severe Nausea&Vomiting During Pregnancy). Disease and Conditions. Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Am_I_Pregnant/hic_Premature_Labor/hic_Hyperemesis_Gravidarum_Severe_Nausea_and_Vomiting_During_Pregnancy

 

Month Two

06/20/2016 - Contributed by: