Listen To Your Body

Pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you – especially when you’re pregnant.

For example, most headaches are simply due to tension or eye strain, but a headache that is atypical for you may be a sign of something more serious.  A severe headache (or any headache, if you don’t normally suffer from them) may be an early warning sign for pre-eclampsia – a dangerous condition.  Other warning signs:  increased blood pressure, fever & seizures.  Seek help!

Pregnancy often causes women to lose some bone density

Pregnancy often causes women to lose some bone density as the body sacrifices important minerals to meet the demands of the growing fetus, however levels to return to normal about a year after breastfeeding ends.  Studies looking at vitamin D supplements to mitigate this bone loss have conflicting results.  Bottom line:  high doses are not recommended.  Stick to the usual guidelines, 600 iu daily (from all sources), preferably from diet, not supplements.

Many misconceptions persist about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

1 in 10 women continue to drink while pregnant and many others think it’s only an issue in the first trimester or that a little sip now-and-then won’t hurt.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report that NO level is safe at any time during pregnancy.  Alcohol in pregnancy can lead to birth defects as well as neurodevelopmental, intellectual and/or behavioural disabilities.

You not only need to monitor what you consume during pregnancy, but also when you’re trying to become pregnant!  NSAIDs are a group of drugs, including ibuprofen, ASA & naproxen, commonly used for pain relief and available without prescription.  They have been shown to block ovulation by preventing the follicle from rupturing to release the egg.  They also reduce progesterone levels, furthering decreasing ovulation and preventing implantation of a fertilized egg.

Pregnancy is a critical time for managing your health and weighing the pros & cons of the treatments you seek.  Many drugs that are generally considered safe may have a significant impact on a developing fetus.  Ask our pharmacist first!