Five Little Questions You Want Answering About Pregnancy

Can you take paracetamol?

Yes! The NHS states it is safe for both mother and baby, and causes no ill effects to either. This is the recommended first choice of painkiller, but should still be taken at the lowest dosage for the shortest amount of time.

Ibuprofen and Nurofen on the other hand, should be avoided. Both can cause abnormalities in the foetus, and should only be taken under doctor’s orders.

If you do have continuous pains or a fever, go and seek a doctor.


What is pregnancy discharge?

Much like regular vaginal discharge, pregnancy discharge helps to keep the cervix and vagina clean. It also protects the foetus from external infections reaching the womb. It should look like regular discharge, but there may be an increased amount, due to the high levels of oestrogen.

And, like regular discharge, if it has a strong smell, a different colour or you experience burning or itching, this is likely to be an infection and should be treated immediately.


Can I wear sunscreen?

Yes! Sunscreen is not only strongly recommended to wear every day, but is especially important when you are pregnant. Your skin is not only more sensitive, but damage to your skin from sunburn could hurt the baby, as burns cause heat retention.

Look for pregnancy-safe sunscreen to limit the chemicals entering your skin.


Do I need to change my hair products?

No, unless what you use is prescribed for dandruff or other hair and scalp conditions (in which case, speak to your doctor).

Midwives recommend buying your hair products from main supermarkets, as they have been rigorously tested and trialled. However, pregnancy can cause things to smell more intensely which can cause nausea, so you might find you need to swap to hair products that have less fragrance.


Is there really a best way to sleep?

Yes! Experts recommend sleeping on your left side as the best way to sleep, because it improves circulation, leading to more nourishment and oxygen reaching the foetus.

You can sleep on your right side, but your back is not advised, as the foetus’ weight presses on the main vein that carries blood back from your lower body to the heart. If you wake up on your back, just roll over.


Written by Helena Quainton at Recognize
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