Turn Pregnancy Symptoms into a Smile

November 18, 2014

Did you just find out you’re pregnant? If so, congratulations on your bouncing baby to be! If you’re still trying, this month may be the time for you. According to a recent study conducted by the CDC, November is the month of the year women are most likely to get pregnant.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but the symptoms? Not so much. With a million things to think about, it can be easy to forget about your oral health. You’re already glowing from pregnancy – shouldn’t your smile shine too?

Here’s how to keep a healthy smile and body during pregnancy:

Morning sickness is one of the most notorious pregnancy pains. Don’t be fooled by its nickname – morning sickness can strike at any time of the day.

Solution: Eat small meals or snacks every few hours. Bland, dry foods can do wonders for an upset belly. You can also try motion sickness bands – these offer many pregnant women comfort. Frequent vomiting can result in sensitivity, bad breath, and brittle teeth. After your inevitable “toilet time,” rinse with water and then wait 30 minutes to brush. Brushing too soon after vomiting can damage the enamel softened by stomach acids. However, if you’re concerned about bad breath, you may rinse with water or mouthwash. .

Feeling fatigued? It’s not unusual to feel tired during your pregnancy. After all, you’re carrying an extra person inside of you! Who wouldn’t be exhausted?

Solution: Get outside and get moving! An afternoon stroll will boost your energy, mood and smile. If you’re still feeling tired, balance activity with rest - try taking a short nap.

An increased appetite is common during the second trimester of pregnancy. Your ravenous appetite is due to your baby growing and requiring more nourishment. Your cravings might make you long for chocolate, and with an increased appetite, you might turn into the cookie monster.

Solution: Yes, you’re technically eating for 2, and it’s important to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs. However, a whole sleeve of Thin Mints probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, indulge occasionally and try your best to stick to healthy meals and snacks. Go for protein, complex carbs and plenty of fruits and veggies. Oftentimes your body confuses dehydration for hunger. Drink plenty of water to curb excessive snack attacks. Learn more about caloric intake during pregnancy.

After you get your pregnancy symptoms under control, make sure to ramp up your oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice and floss once a day. And remember to schedule a dentist appointment within the first trimester. Neglecting your oral health during pregnancy can negatively impact your baby.

Here’s to a healthy smile, body and baby!

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