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Fatigue and sleep problems during pregnancy

Many women find they are more tired during their pregnancy even though they’ve had a full night’s sleep, especially in the first and third trimesters. Some things to help you get a good night’s sleep include:

  • Lie on your left side.
  • Try going to bed earlier
  • Use pillows for support, tucked behind your back or between  your knees.
  • Drink needed fluids earlier during the day so you can drink a little less the hours before you go to bed
  • Practice good sleep habits such as going to bed and getting up the same time each day, don’t watch t.v. in bed or work on your laptop
  • Nap if you aren’t getting enough sleep at night

Being well rested helps you cope with all of the activities of the day!

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Heartburn and Pregnancy

Many women experience heartburn during their pregnancy. It can begin at any time during the pregnancy and may worsen as the pregnancy progresses. Heartburn or gastroesphogeal reflux disease can be caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy which cause the digestive system to slow down. Also, as the uterus grows it can push on the stomach and force acid up into the stomach. Some things you can do to help lessen heartburn include:

  • Eat several small meals instead of two to three large meals a day
  • Wait for 2 – 3 hours to lie down after eating. Late night snacks are probably not a good idea!
  • Don’t smoke!
  • Find out what foods increase your heartburn. Some people find that spicy foods, chocolate or mint make the heartburn worse.
  • Try raising the head of your bed 6 – 8 inches
  • Check with your doctor but most think that over the counter antacids that contain calcium carbonate such as Tums are ok to take

If the problem persists and worsens, contact your prenatal care provider. He or she may be able to prescribe a medication to reduce acid.

The good news is the heartburn usually goes away after you deliver your baby.

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Safe Kids Worldwide

There’s an organization named Safe Kids Worldwide dedicated to preventing injuries in infants and children. You can get to their web site by clicking on this link:  Here you will find all sorts of useful information about protecting your infant and child. Information from this web site regarding baby sleep safety and suffocation prevention is included on strongbabies keeping your baby safe and healthy page.

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March is National Nutrition Month

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of good nutrition before in this blog but since it’s such an important part of a healthy pregnancy, National Nutrition Month is a good time to think about what you’re eating and how it might effect the health of your unborn baby. provides us with 10 tips to making food choices for a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re pregnant or not. These tips include:

  • balance calories
  • enjoy your food, but eat less
  • avoid oversized portions
  • list of foods to eat more often
  • make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
  • make half your grains whole grains
  • lists foods to eat less often
  • compare sodium in foods
  • drink water instead of sugary drinks

Go to the staying healthy while you are pregnant page to read more about these tips.

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