Pregnancy Tips: 17-20 Weeks

You should not take any medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, unless instructed to do so by your provider. Keep in mind there are alternative comfort measures that may be taken to relieve a variety of symptoms. For example:

Congestion - drink healthy fluids, use a vaporizer.
Constipation - Walking, drinking fluids, eating high fiber foods

Walking is an excellent form of exercise for most women during pregnancy. It helps to alleviate discomforts that you may experience, such as leg cramps, constipation, insomnia, and fatigue. Check with your doctor/midwife before starting any exercise program.

If you have children you may involve them in your pregnancy by:

  • Taking them to your prenatal visits to listen to the baby's heart beat
  • Allowing them to feel the baby move
  • Letting them help prepare the new baby's room, clothes, and supplies

Dental care is very important during pregnancy. Visit your dentist as soon as possible, and be sure to tell the dentist you are pregnant so proper precautions can be taken if X-rays are necessary. Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and floss regularly.

Reprinted from Her HealthCare.