prengant woman feeling nauseousMorning sickness is a common and manageable side effect for most pregnant women. But for a few, it’s much more intense.

You might vomit almost constantly and that can lead to dehydration and weight loss. You may also experience a rising pulse rate, excessive salivation, and a rapid heartbeat. It can also last longer than typical morning sickness for up to, and in some cases beyond, 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and it occurs in about 3% of all pregnancies. We don’t know exactly what causes HG but theories range from hormonal imbalances during pregnancy to vitamin B deficiency or even acid reflux.

baby at windowYou want everything to be perfect for the arrival of your baby and home safety is an important part of being ready. These tips will help you catch some of the common dangers that are found in many homes.

  1. Turn Down Your Water Heater Temp

To reduce the risk of accidental scalding during a bath, set your water heater to 120 degrees or install an anti-scald device to the end of the bath spout and the sink faucet.

  1. Say “Goodbye” to Crib Bumpers and Blankets

Those bumpers, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals in a baby's crib can suffocate your child. Remove them and dress your baby warmly before you put her to sleep.

stressedwomanFood safety is doubly important during pregnancy because you need to protect yourself and your unborn baby. That’s a challenge because it’s harder for your body to fight off certain harmful microorganisms in food and your baby's immune system is not developed enough to protect itself.

Symptoms of foodborne illness may include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or body aches. Sometimes you may not feel sick, but you can still pass the illness to your unborn child without knowing it.

cryingbabyMost mothers will tell you about those first weeks at home with their newborn when sleep seemed like a luxury they couldn’t afford, but sleep deprivation can make the challenging job of new motherhood even harder. You need as much rest as possible and here are some strategies to maximize your sleep time.

Accept all offers for help.

Family members, friends or neighbors who want to pitch-in are a gift from the gods, whether they provide full babysitting or handle some household chores. But limit the number of visitors who want to stop by just to talk and don’t feel obligated to entertain your guests.

gestational diabetes checkup 200 x 200In your sixth month of pregnancy, you will be tested for gestational diabetes, which occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood sugar levels. As many as one in ten pregnant women will have this condition and proper treatment is important because gestational diabetes can cause dangerously high blood pressure, premature birth or stillbirth and could increase your child’s risk for developing diabetes.

Gestational diabetes isn’t related to diabetes that you have before you’re pregnant. It’s linked to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy that can impair the action of insulin in your body and cause blood sugar levels to rise. 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
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