Mighty Mommy has delivered seven babies and will soon be a grandmother. Here are ten pressing questions on the minds of today's pregnant women that they scramble to have answered. This episode covers five questions concerning the first trimester. In Part Two, we tackle five more questions related to the final stages of pregnancy.
In All About Prenatal Vitamins — Your Questions Answered, OB-GYN Ashlesha Dayal, M.D writes, “If you forget your vitamins once in a while do not panic...and do not 'double up' because they may make you feel sick or increase constipation. I usually recommend that my patients put any 'daily medicine' in a place they go every day...such as next to their toothbrushes, hairdryers, car keys, etc. Sometimes you can even set a daily reminder or alarm on your cell phone so you can remember to take your vitamins.”
3. Pregnancy Emotions: Pre, Post-Partum Blues—Are They For Real?
This may come as a huge surprise (remember, I love surprises!) but despite my years of struggling with infertility and then being pregnant and delivering seven babies within a little over a decade, I was never affected by pregnancy emotions. It must have been embedded in my subconscious that since I had waited so very long to finally experience motherhood, no way was I going to ride the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy. But that’s me! My daughter didn’t have the same difficult start as I did to becoming pregnant and she readily admits she feels challenged by the many emotions that accompany a pregnancy.
"Emotions are triggered by so many sources other than hormones," says Dr. Frank Ling, professor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee. Even the physical discomforts of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, breast tenderness or constipation, can play a role, since you'd naturally feel down when you're uncomfortable.”
Yes, pregnancy emotions are definitely real and most certainly normal. You may not know that depression during pregnancy is also called antepartum or prenatal depression, and it’s nothing to feel ashamed about. According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), between 14-23% of women will struggle with some symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
Postpartum and antepartum depression are temporary and treatable with professional help. If you feel you may be suffering from one of these illnesses, know that it is not your fault and you are not to blame. It is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Talk with your health care providers about some of the other natural ways to help relieve the symptoms of depression such as exercise, rest acupuncture, herbal remedies, and more.
4. Pregnancy Digestion and Gas: What the Heck?
One of the most commons symptoms of early pregnancy is morning sickness—nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy that typically impacts women during the beginning of the day. However, in my seven pregnancies, I was quite ill throughout the entire day for six months of my pregnancies! Yikes! The reason for morning sickness is the result of increased hormones in your body, which results in a very sensitive stomach, often accompanied by vomiting. Ah, yes, the joys of pregnancy.
Bloating is also another early symptom of pregnancy and completely normal. And with bloating comes another common sign of pregnancy—passing gas. Oh, c’mon—we all do it! Flatulence, tooting, breaking wind—whatever you want to call it—it happens to the best of us, and when pregnant, much more often than usual.
The typical person will pass gas approximately 18 times a day. The reason for this is that the average person produces up to four pints of gas daily. Pregnant women, however, have a lot more “hot air” than the norm.