I was lucky enough to have a meeting with a consultant on behalf of Rowland’s Pharmacy a few months ago. It is definitely the time of year for flus, viruses and bugs so I will share the info I received.
Below are medical conditions that pregnant mummies, regular mummies and babies may suffer from.
Remember this document is only a guideline (im just a first time mum winging my way through motherhood) and you should speak to your doctor for medical advice and emergencies.
First priority if you are going to become a mummy is to stop smoking. It is the most important change you can make to improve your health and the health of your unborn baby. Try to give up with willpower alone and ask friends and family to support you. Stopping smoking may cause the need to eat more but then so does pregnancy. Remember to try and stick to a good clean diet. Nicorette gum, patches and spray have proven to cause a stir as they still contain nicotine. I think a visit to your GP for guidance is definitely recommended.
URGH!!! And it does not get any easier. Ok so pregnancy is another form of sleep deprivation. You are unable to sleep because you cannot get comfy, you are having hot flushes, you are constantly peeing. And this is all before your little bundle of joy has even entered the world. Here are some tips for easy sleeping…..
Prepare yourself for sleep. Be tired and relax before you go to bed. Leave enough time before work and sleep. During pregnancy my partner used to walk with me around the block before bed. This was a great form of exercise too and the fresh air cleared my mind. A nice soak in a hot bath always helped. My partner was the best bubble bath maker! Have a milky drink as your last drink of the night. No coffee when pregnant anyway! And although I am not a tea drinker I did down quite a few mugs of raspberry leaf tea during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I know it can only be drunk at a certain stage in your third trimester so please do your research before trying. Another sensible bit of advice from the rep today was to reserve the bedroom for rest and relaxation. Never to do work or mentally challenging tasks in there. I clearly haven’t taken his advice as I am typing up this article in bed.
Luckily I have never suffered from indigestion. Indigestion in pregnancy is partly caused by hormonal changes, and in later pregnancy by the growing womb pressing on your stomach. You can help ease the discomfort of indigestion and heartburn by making changes to your diet and lifestyle, and there are treatments that are safe to take in pregnancy.
Major concern before during and after pregnancy for me. I do not know what Olivia did to my insides but she sure did a great job of messing up my system. Drink more fluids especially water, if you hate water than lemon barley juice is good during pregnancy. Eat more fiber which is found in fruit, vegetables and wholemeal foods. I used to love to eat malt loaf! Regular exercise improves bowel habits. Swimming and walking are probably your only options right now. Relaxing in a hot bath may help you to go. Laxatives are a big NO NO whilst pregnant but if you suffer badly then see the doc. Mine prescribed me FYBOGEL. It was an orange flavored powdered drink.
What a pain. For some reason when I was expecting I kept on getting cold sores. They were horrible and sore. This really interfered with my day job as a maternity model. Creams such as zovirax and blistex were just not doing the trick. I went to visit my GP and he prescribed me a pill. A special low dosage medication. I have these now on repeat prescription just in case but luckily since Olivia has been born I have been cold sore free.
Colic is a broad term referring to uncontrollable, extended bouts of crying in a baby who is otherwise well-fed and healthy. It usually occurs in babies from 2 weeks old and lasts up to 3 or 4 months. Babies with colic look uncomfortable and may lift their legs or become red in the face. Colic is not a serious condition but is distressing to the family and can be relieved and sometimes prevented with colic medication.
I am eager to do a feature on this subject as this is something we experienced ourselves with our little girl. Olivia had colic from about 3 months old. It was a nightmare. Horrible, stressful and very upsetting for us all. There are many diagnoses for colic and it is believed to be trapped wind. Ok trapped wind doesn’t sound too dreadful but for a tiny baby it can be torture. I suggest you do your own research about colic and if you think this is something your baby is suffering from you can talk to your health visitor. Olivia used to cry at the same time every evening for hours. Nothing would settle her. No amount of rubbing, burping, hugging, rocking, kissing would stop her from crying and it was a very heart-breaking experience. We had to take it in turns to walk her around the block in her buggy. I used INFACOL in her milk but this didn’t seem to help. A friend of mine then suggested I try colief. WOW! After a few days of trying these little drops my baby had returned back to her calm and content little self. There is something in the formula drops that break down the sugars in the baby’s milk making it easier to digest. It is time consuming having to add the drops and leave them to dissolve and settle into the made up bottle but believe me after experiencing colic I would have done anything to make my baby more comfortable. Also another downside to these drops is that they are extremely pricey. Over eleven pound a bottle. Again I would have paid anything, begged or borrowed. Luckily I did get them on prescription for a while so it is worth asking your doctor. Personally I do think doctors are a little unclear when it comes to colic so be firm and demand!
Oh dear from the dregs of this article it sounds like my baby has had everything, she is actually very well and healthy.
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become inflamed (red), sore and itchy. It may be dry or it can weep. Eczema often runs in families, but many children do grow out of it. In some cases, eczema can cause much disruption to the daily routine.
I think I caught Olivia’s eczema before it got too bad. I noticed her skin was dry so the pharmacist recommended a cream called oilatum. I then realised I could get it on prescription and now have a nice big tub which I rub over Olivia’s skin daily after the bath.
I know this only too well. Olivia has had four top teeth pop through this week at 11 months old.
Baby teeth erupt continually from the age of 6 months to 3 years. A suitable teething gel such as bonjela will ease the pain. You can actually get baby bonjela especially for teething. You can buy teething rings or a fellow mummy suggested a cold flannel from the freezer would do the trick. Olivia has been trying to suck her thumb a lot recently so I guess this is soothing. We love Calpol! And lots of dribble bibs with plastic backs.
If your baby is still less than 3 months old try not to mistake colic for teething.
When Olivia was a tiny baby she did have a little reaction to a specific brand of nappy. Instead of using water to clean her niki naki bits I used baby oil. This seemed to work for us and kept her comfortable around her bottom area. I am not a big fan of sudo cream as I found it did not improve her rash at all, however it does come in handy for little scratches etc.
I tried as often as I could to leave her nappy off and let the skin air.
My cousin suggested I invest in a tube of Bepanthen cream and I use it every day now. Love the stuff! I also burnt myself whilst cooking recently and the magic creamed soothed my wound!
Have you any hints or medical tips?