What to do about faintness during pregnancy

Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, and the high progesterone levels relax your blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure. However, the relaxed and slack vessels can slow down your circulation enough that you feel faint when you stand up suddenly. Another factor to look for is your body temperature. When your body is overheating, …

What to do about constipation during pregnancy

Your heightened progesterone level will cause the smooth muscle of your body, such as that of your digestive system, to relax and become sluggish. The slower moving digestive tract allows more water to be reabsorbed leaving a harder, drier stool. The pressure on your intestinal tract from the growing uterus compresses the digestive system making …

Why no alcohol during pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant, or may become pregnant should be aware of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. ┬áDid you know why? Alcohol readily crosses the placenta, and because of the design of fetal circulation, is not filtered by your baby’s liver before being sent to every other part of her body. The alcohol …