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How to stay healthy and safe at work

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Most women who work will continue to do so during pregnancy—some will work up to the day of their baby’s birth. But sometimes working during pregnancy can have some challenges. Here are some tips that can help you stay safe and comfortable at work throughout your pregnancy.

Common pregnancy discomforts

  • Nausea: Unfortunately morning sickness can happen at any time during the day. To help manage your nausea, try to avoid foods and smells that bother you and snack on crackers or other bland foods. And make sure you are drinking lots of fluids!
  • Fatigue: Being pregnant can be exhausting—especially during the first trimester. During your work day, try to get up and walk for a few minutes or even take a power nap in your car during your lunch break. Get to bed early, exercise, and eat healthy foods.

Workplace safety

  • Dangerous substances: If you work with metals (such as mercury or lead) chemicals, or radiation, talk to your health care provider. Describe your work environment and any safety equipment you or your company uses. Your provider can then tell you if it’s safe for you to keep working during pregnancy.
  • Heat: Working in places that are very hot can raise your body temperature. If your body temperature is too high, it could be dangerous to the baby. Make sure you talk to your provider.
  • Heavy duty jobs: If your job includes heavy lifting or climbing, it might not be safe during pregnancy. Nausea, fatigue and dizziness can make it hard to do these jobs safely. And your added weight can throw off your sense of balance and make you more likely to fall. You may need to talk to your employer about taking on other job responsibilities during your pregnancy.
  • Infections: If you work with children or in a health care setting, you may be at risk for infections. Wash your hands regularly. If you think you were exposed to an illness, talk to your provider right away.

Computers and desks

If you work on a computer or sit at a desk for most of the day, comfort is key. To avoid wrist and hand discomforts, neck and shoulder pains, backaches and eye strains, follow these tips:

  • Take short breaks often and walk around your office or building.
  • Adjust your chair, keyboard and other office equipment to be more comfortable.
  • Use a small pillow or cushion for lower back support.
  • Keep your feet elevated by using a footrest.
  • Be sure to use the correct hand and arm positions for typing.
  • Use a non-reflective glass screen cover on your computer monitor.
  • Adjust the computer monitor for brightness and contrast to a setting that is comfortable for your eyes.

It’s important that the work environment around you is safe for you and baby. If you have concerns, speak with your health care provider and your supervisor at work.

You can learn more ways to stay safe at work on our website

Have questions? Email us at AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Morning sickness during pregnancy

Monday, September 8th, 2014

pregnant womanThe news of another royal baby on the way has caused a lot of excitement on both sides of the pond. But learning that the Duchess of Cambridge may once again be suffering from morning sickness in her second pregnancy makes me feel deeply for her. I had morning sickness in both of my pregnancies. I remember it being a lot harder to manage the second time around while working and caring for my first child.

Morning sickness is nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) and vomiting that happens during pregnancy, usually in the first few months. It’s also called nausea and vomiting of pregnancy or NVP. Even though it’s called morning sickness, it can last all day and happen any time of day. Mild morning sickness doesn’t harm you or your baby. But if morning sickness becomes severe (called hyperemesis gravidarum), it can lead to weight loss and dehydration (not having enough water in your body). These problems can be harmful during pregnancy.

If you have mild morning sickness, there are some things you can do that may help you feel better, like:

• Keep snacks by your bed. Eat a few crackers before you get up in the morning to help settle your stomach.
Eat five or six small meals each day instead of three larger meals.
• Eat foods that are low in fat and easy to digest, like cereal, rice and bananas. Don’t eat spicy or fatty foods.
• Eat healthy snacks between meals. This helps keep your stomach from being empty and helps prevent feeling sick to your stomach. Try snacks that are high in protein, like milk or yogurt.
• Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
• Avoid smells that upset your stomach.
• Take your prenatal vitamin at night or with a snack. Sometimes vitamins can upset your stomach.

Talk to your health care provider if you have morning sickness. Your provider may prescribe a medicine to help relieve your nausea. It comes as a tablet that you take every day as long as you have symptoms.

If you have hyperemesis gravidarum, you may need treatment in a hospital with intravenous (IV) fluids. These are fluids that are given through a needle into a vein. Signs of hyperemesis gravidarum include:

• Vomiting more than 3 to 4 times a day
• Vomiting that makes you dizzy, lightheaded or dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include feeling thirsty, having a dry mouth, having a fast heart beat or making little to no urine.
• Losing more than 10 pounds in pregnancy

Read our article on morning sickness to learn more. Or watch our videos on mild morning sickness and severe morning sickness.

Updated 9/13/2017

Join our chat on morning sickness

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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So you think you might be pregnant

Friday, December 13th, 2013

One of the most common questions that we get asked at askus@marchofdimes.com is “Am I pregnant?” Although we can’t answer that question, there are a few signs that indicate you might be pregnant:
•    You miss your period.
•    You feel sick to your stomach or throw up.
•    Your breasts are big and sore. The area around your nipples gets darker.
•    You crave certain foods. Or you really dislike certain foods.
•    You feel tired all the time.

Not every woman will have all of these symptoms and some women may have none of them.  Every woman and every pregnancy is different, so there is really no way for a woman to know for sure that she is pregnant just by her symptoms.  For instance, some women may think they have had a period, but they actually have experienced implantation bleeding.  Implantation bleeding occurs when the embryo attaches to the lining of your uterus. This may occur 10-14 days after fertilization. Although this spotting is usually earlier and lighter than a menstrual period, some women don’t notice the difference, and don’t even realize they’re pregnant. And many early signs of pregnancy are similar to some premenstrual signs, so it can be very confusing.

If you think you might be pregnant, the best thing to do is to take a home pregnancy test.  Home pregnancy tests are usually more accurate when your period is late – about 2 weeks after conception (getting pregnant). If they’re done too early, they may say that you’re not pregnant when you really are. This is called a false negative. That’s why it’s best to take a home pregnancy test when your period is late. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

If you’ve taken a home pregnancy test and it’s negative (shows that you’re not pregnant), you may want to take a blood pregnancy test at your health care provider’s office. A blood pregnancy test is more sensitive than a home pregnancy test that checks your urine. The blood pregnancy test can tell a pregnancy very early on.

Pregnancy tests work by looking for the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that a woman’s body makes during pregnancy. If both a blood and urine test come back negative and you still have a missed period, talk with your health care provider. Things like stress, eating habits, illness or infection can cause changes in your menstrual cycle.

Finally, if you are trying to get pregnant, and that test is negative, try not to get discouraged. Nearly 9 out of 10 couples who try to get pregnant do so within 1 year. It may not happen immediately, but the odds are it will happen soon.  You can read more about getting pregnant on our website.

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The March of Dimes and Duchesnay USA, are partnering to help educate women about the impact of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), also known as morning sickness.

Visit MorningSicknessUSA.com for great information. This is a new resource for pregnant women with NVP created by Duchesnay, featuring symptom trackers, recipes, lifestyle management ideas, and expert articles. You can stay connected with helpful insights, information, and news about morning sickness and NVP from experienced moms and notable medical professionals. Take a look!
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FDA approves drug to fight nausea and vomiting

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

On April 8, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting.

More than half of all pregnant women have some nausea during the first trimester. For most women this nausea usually goes away by the second trimester. But for some women, nausea and vomiting may continue even past the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Diclegis is a delayed-release tablet intended for women who have not adequately responded to conservative management of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, such as changes to their diet and lifestyle. These modifications include eating several small meals instead of three large meals, eating bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest and avoiding smells that can trigger nausea.

“Diclegis is now the only FDA-approved treatment for nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy, providing a therapeutic option for pregnant women seeking relief from these symptoms,” said Dr. Hylton V. Joffe of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Observational studies have shown that the combination of active ingredients in Diclegis does not pose an increased risk of harm to a developing fetus.

For questions and answers about how drugs are approved by the FDA, click on this link.

Chat on hyperemesis and morning sickness

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

No doubt you have heard that Kate Middleton, Dutchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. The news came as she was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, HG. 

As many of you moms well know, 50-90% of women report some nausea and vomiting, especially in early pregnancy. But in rare cases, about 1 in 200, pregnant women develop this severe morning sickness that prevents them and their babies from getting the nutrients and water they need. HG is marked by severe nausea and vomiting accompanied by dehydration and weight loss, and women can report feeling their heart racing or lightheadedness. It’s a serious matter and must be treated and watched carefully.

Join us and Dr. Dolan this Wednesday, Dec. 5th, at 3 PM ET for a #pregnancychat on hyperemesis – who’s at risk and different treatments. Feel free to ask questions. Did you have hyperemesis? Share your experience, how you handled it, what support you got or needed.

Hyperemesis gravidarum

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Nausea and occasional vomiting, often referred to as morning sickness, are common during pregnancy and aren’t harmful to you or your baby. But if you’re vomiting often and just can’t manage to keep food or even water down, you may have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum and that can be dangerous.

Hyperemesis occurs in about 1 in 200-300 pregnancies and is more common in young or first-time moms.  With hyperemesis, you and your baby are not getting the nutrients you need, you can easily become dehydrated, your electrolytes might get out of balance. If you’re vomiting a lot, nothing you do improves it, you lose more than two pounds, your urine turns a dark color, or you see blood in your vomit, let your provider know right away and get some help with it.  You may need hospitalization for treatment with IV fluids and antinausea meds to help you feel better and to protect you and your baby.

Morning sickness

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

morning-sickness“I was so sick in my last pregnancy and this time I’m not. If I’m not throwing up, does that mean I’m not pregnant?”  I hear that a lot.  My answer often is, “Nope, you may just be lucky!”

Morning sickness is that nauseous feeling you get when you’re pregnant that can be followed by vomiting.  It happens to well over half of all pregnant women but not to all.  And though it may occur more in the morning for some, for others it can happen at any time of night or day.  Oh joy!

The nausea may be due to the rapidly increasing hormones in your body.  It tends to go away for most women around 12-14 weeks.  Just as some women experience no morning sickness, some unlucky ladies wrestle with this through most of their pregnancy. We don’t know why.

If you are one of the gals who gag, it may be helpful to know that many things can trigger nausea (different foods, strong odors, perfumes).  Pay attention to what turns you green and avoid it if you can.   And certain bland foods like salty crackers can help settle your stomach.  If they work for you, keep them handy at home, work and in the car.  And don’t forget to sip on the water bottle throughout the day. Read more tips here.

New study: Herbal products during pregnancy

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Have you taken any herbal products during your pregnancy? Are you tempted to do so? A new national study has found that about 1 out of every 10 women takes some type of herbal product while pregnant.

In the study, ginger was one of the most commonly reported products taken early in pregnancy (probably for nausea). Among some women, herbal teas, including chamomile, were popular throughout pregnancy.

It’s good to remember that there can be safety issues with herbal products. In many cases, we don’t know if they work or if they’re safe for women during pregnancy. Also, manufacturing standards for herbals are weak so they can sometimes contain dangerous ingredients.

The best rule of thumb is to ask your health care provider before taking any herbal product while you’re pregnant.

To learn more, read the March of Dimes article about drugs and herbals during pregnancy. The new study “Herbal Use Before and During Pregnancy” was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.