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Coping with a Flu During Pregnancy

coping with flu during pregnancyGetting sick when you’re pregnant is scary business. Not only do you feel awful, but there’s also a worry that your developing baby is at risk – especially if you’re unable to keep any fluids or food down.

Pregnant women are at higher risk for illness during pregnancy because your immune system is weakened during those 40 weeks. Mother nature is a miraculous thing, and your body changes so much when you’re pregnant. When you’re expecting, your immune system becomes weakened to tolerate the unborn baby, since it is a “foreign substance.” To prevent your body from attacking your growing child, your immune system naturally takes a back seat and alters its immune responses. So you are more vulnerable to getting sick. [click to continue…]

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Sleeping with an Electric Blanket while Pregnant – Is It Safe?

electric blanket and pregnancyElectric blankets offer a cozy and convenient way to stay warm during the wintertime and when it’s cold outside. But is it safe to use an electric blanket while pregnant?

In general, it’s probably fine for you to an electric blanket when you’re pregnant; however, you shouldn’t sleep with it on.

Sleeping with an electric blanket while pregnant poses several health concerns. For one, you don’t want to fall asleep with an electric blanket on and accidentally end up overheated, if it’s not at the right temperature. In the first trimester, when your baby’s neural tubes are forming, becoming overheated can disrupt fetal development and may increase the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. There is also an increase risk of miscarriage when you’re overheated in early pregnancy. [click to continue…]

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Epsom Salt Bath While Pregnant

Epsom Salts in Pregnancy

One of the best and safest ways to relieve your pregnancy aches and pains is taking an epsom salt bath while pregnant.

Epsom salts (scientific name is magnesium sulfate) look similar to regular table salt, but it’s different chemically and has different uses. Beware, epsom salt has a distinct bitter taste and is not for flavoring foods. Instead, it is a natural laxative (if you can bear the bitter taste). However, it should not be consumed by pregnant women.

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Using a Heating Pad While Pregnant – Safety Tips

Heating pads in pregnancy

Using a heating pad while pregnant is considered safe, and it offers a safe alternative to having to take medications to deal with every day pregnancy aches and pains.

Heating pads are wonderful for treating achy backs, leg cramps, and achy joints and muscles in pregnancy. You can also ease your pain by taking a hot – but not too hot – bath with epsom salts.

An epsom salt bath is also perfectly safe for pregnant women. But just make sure that the water is not too hot. [click to continue…]

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