Center for Women's Health

125 Inverness Dr E, Suite 210
Englewood, CO 80112
303.755.0120

 

Common Pregnancy Problems and Their Solutions

Inadequate Weight Gain

  • Exercising and not eat enough-add food and calories
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Afraid to gain weight-talk to eating disorders specialist
  • Increase to the maximum the servings of foods from the Food Guide Pyramid
  • To increase calories: eat foods with more fat, eat small meals more frequently, drink high calories, nutritious beverages such as yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes, juice drinks, eat sweats and high-calorie dessert once all your requirements for nutritious foods are met
  • Have your diet analyzed to determine what you may be missing if you are unable to increase your food intake
  • Keep food or beverages nearby to eat or drink throughout the day
  • Set a timer to remind yourself to eat

Heartburn

  • Eat 4-6 times a day instead of 3 meals a day
  • Avoid getting too full
  • Drink liquids between meals if you feel too full
  • Avoid greasy, highly seasoned food, coffee, cigarettes
  • Wear clothing that is loose around the waist
  • Do not lie down immediately after a meal
  • Sleep and rest with you head slightly elevated
  • Sip water, milk or juice when you have heartburn
  • Take a walk, sit up or sit quietly and breathe deeply when you have heartburn discomfort
  • Use antacids that don't contain aluminum

Constipation

  • Eat high fiber foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grain, dried peas and beans, nuts
  • Eat oatmeal, applesauce, legumes and barley to soften the stool
  • Drink plenty of water-six 8 oz glasses per day
  • Exercise daily to stimulate your intestines
  • Iron supplements can cause constipation. Determine if you can decrease your dose. If not, take prune juice
  • Use bulk-producing laxatives such as Metamucil or Fibercon, as they are not absorbed into the body
  • Raise your feet on a stool during bowel movements to reduce straining
  • Stool softeners such as Colace or Surfak are allowed.

Leg Cramps

  • Eat foods high in calcium: milk, yogurt, cheese pudding, sardines, canned salmon, tofu, almonds, baked beans, tortillas treated with lime, broccoli, amaranth
  • Eat foods high in magnesium: avocado, beans (garbanzo, kidney, navy, pinto, soy), broccoli, greens bran or whole wheat cereal, peanuts, peanut butter, tofu, whole wheat muffins, sesame butter (tahini) and lima beans
  • Avoid excess phosphate in animal products such as meat and milk and in carbonated beverages (soda) and processed foods
  • Supplement calcium (600 mg) and magnesium (320 mg) if diet is inadequate
  • Do not use calcium phosphate as a supplement

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Asela C. Russell, MD
Leslie T. Scariano, MD
Jackie Ziernicki, MD
Grace M. Holub, MD
Heather Fitzler, MD

Phone: 303-755-0120
Fax: 303-309-6509
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