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There are ways to cope with the discomforts of early pregnancy… we’ll help you find the ones that work for you!
Many women get heartburn. It’s a burning feeling in your stomach, sometimes rising up into your throat, and it has nothing to do with your heart! Eating little and often can help. If heartburn keeps you awake at night, eat early rather than late in the evening. Antacids can help, too. Ask your LMC or at the chemist for a safe antacid. Take them separately from a meal as antacids can affect iron absorption.
In early pregnancy, several small meals are often easier to cope with than two or three large ones. Try these ideas; they’ll also help you make every meal count in that they provide good nutrition for you and your growing baby:
And to drink…? Mix and match, orange juice, apple and mango juice, a glass of milk or fortified soy milk, sparkling water, tomato juice.
Eating well on a budget is a challenge… but it can be done!
If you’re a teenager, you need good food for yourself and your baby because you’re both growing! When you’re out with friends, it’s tempting to eat foods like burgers or chips. You may think it’s hard to afford ‘good’ food, but eating bread, cereals, cheese, lean meat, canned fish, fruits (fresh, dried, canned or frozen) will help you get the nutrients you need, especially calcium and iron. And it will usually cost less than eating fast food.
Not eating to try to stop gaining weight (and perhaps ‘stopping it showing’) won’t work. The best thing you can do is eat well because both you and your baby will benefit in the long run.
This is an unusual form of pregnancy sickness which can cause dehydration as a result of excessive vomiting. See your LMC if you feel very ill and are being sick several times a day for more than three days.