Pregnancy and Nausea

Nausea in Pregnancy
Nausea in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Nausea

"It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night"

Nausea during pregnancy is typically one of the most experienced and complained about symptoms that women report. It is known to be an early sign of pregnancy and some women feel nausea even before they’ve received their free pregnancy test. It is most often experienced between 7 weeks and 12 weeks of pregnancy. The cause is usually associated with increased hormone levels of the pregnancy, but it has not been found to affect the growing fetus.

 It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night, despite being known as “morning sickness“.  Strong smell aversions, acid reflux, or a metallic taste in the mouth can also accompany this nausea.

Here are some ideas to help ease symptoms you may be experiencing:

    • Smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Try not to have an empty stomach by always having something small available to nibble on.
    • Drink liquids in between meals, instead of with your meal.
    • Allow extra time to digest—rushing tends to aggravate nausea.
    • A high protein diet with complex carbohydrates (ex. peanut butter on wheat toast). Avoid greasy or processed foods.
    • Numerous studies have shown that ginger really does reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. You may find even the smell of fresh ginger calms an upset stomach. Stock up on staples made with real ginger (check the label; many prepared foods don’t contain the real deal), such as ginger snaps, ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger candies, ginger biscuits or crystallized ginger. Use fresh ginger when you cook, or add it to hot tea.
    • Cool fresh air and rest.
    • Take your prenatal vitamin to compensate for any nutrients you may not be getting, at whatever time of day you’re least likely throw it back up. You may want to try taking it right before bed.
    • If your symptoms are particularly rough, ask your practitioner about switching your prenatal vitamin for one with more B6 and less (or no) iron, which can be particularly tough on a sensitive tummy. Also, ask whether you should take an additional vitamin B6 supplement or the antihistamine doxylamine (found in Unisom SleepTabs).

Remember that this phase of pregnancy is not usually prolonged, and some healthy distractions of daily life can provide relief. Maintain hydration and enough sleep, and allow time for the baby to grow.  Certainly, prolonged vomiting or inability to keep liquids down should be evaluated by a physician. This is an exciting time and filled with hopeful anticipation. 

At Alcove Health we want to support you through this time by providing helpful community resources, medical referrals, and material needs.  Please call us or click here to schedule an appointment today!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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Cramping in Early Pregnancy

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Cramping in Early Pregnancy

"Understanding the difference between 'normal cramping' and 'abnormal cramping' is important."

So many changes are taking place in your body. Cramping in early pregnancy is a common discomfort many people experience as the uterus grows.  It often feels like pulling or pressure in the lower abdomen or lower back and tends to come and go. The uterus is expanding and its muscle is contracting as it accommodates your changing pregnancy. It can often feel like your typical menstrual cramping and is usually considered normal.

Uterine cramping can also be caused by urinary tract or yeast infection, constipation, exercise, and sexual intercourse. As long as the symptoms are mild and temporary, it’s probably not a cause for concern. Here are some ideas to soothe mild symptoms:

      • sit, lie down or change positions
      • soak in a warm bath
      • relaxation exercises
      • place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the ache
      • drink plenty of fluids

Understanding the difference between “normal cramping” and “abnormal cramping” is important.  Here are some signs to be concerned about:

      • the pain becomes very intense
      • pain is focused on one side of the abdomen/pelvis
      • is accompanied by bleeding or other unusual vaginal discharge
      • is no longer intermittent (is not going away)
      • you experience dizziness or lightheadedness
      • you have diarrhea or burning on urination

These symptoms should be evaluated by a Health Care Provider to rule out a possible miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or infection.

If you’re experiencing “normal cramping” in early pregnancy, but are unsure about whether you want to continue your pregnancy, Alcove Health can help by providing medical services and an abortion consultation.  Alcove Health offers confidential consults with an Advocate, a Registered Nurse, Pregnancy Testing, STD Testing, Ultrasounds, and Physician Referral Resources- all at no charge.

Make Alcove Health in Newport News your first contact! You’ll keep all your options. You’ll pay nothing and you’ll gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for you. Call us today to make your appointment!

By Meg, RN, BSN

September 22, 2021

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I’m Pregnant and I Don’t Know What To Do in York County Virginia

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I'm Pregnant & I Don't Know What to Do . . .

. . . in York County, Virginia

York County has a lot to offer. While fun times and entertainment get a lot of attention, sometimes we need something different. Sometimes something unexpected happens – like an unplanned pregnancy. Each year, close to 100 York County women experiences an unplanned pregnancy. Life can be complicated, right?

In times like this, you want a place that can give you what you need – from people who will treat you right. You deserve that. 

So, facing an unplanned pregnancy, where do you find that kind of help and those kinds of people? 

Turn to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic – they provide that kind of help and they are those kinds of people. What’s more, they are centrally located in Newport News, just minutes outside of York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic will give you the help you need – like a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and a safe space to discuss your options, all just a short drive from York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is the perfect answer to a stressful, “What do I do next?” question.

And, since all of our services are FREE, money is never a stressor. That’s right, all of the services we provide are free and CONFIDENTIAL. No tricks or gimmicks.

There’s an added value in going to a clinic in your local area. The staff in the clinic are well aware of different services in the area – like food and clothing assistance,  transitional housing, and additional free medical services – all located in or near York County. 

At a time like this, it’s important for you to get all the help you need. While the pregnancy may be the most urgent, why not get help with your pregnancy decision AND help with any additional services you need?

It’s the beauty of a local clinic. We live here. We know the area. We can help. Call us today for judgment-free assistance so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health and other areas in your life.

Always free. Every time. CALL for your appointment today or click HERE to schedule.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

March 30, 2021

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What to Eat, Drink, Avoid and . . . Healthy Habits

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, you are in good company! According to medical experts, more than half of pregnant women experience some type of nausea or vomiting during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a normal part of early pregnancy – it may even start shortly after you receive your free pregnancy test! So let’s consider the following remedies to manage your nausea and find RELIEF!

EAT

    • Small, bland, and frequent meals- morning sickness is often worse on a very full or very empty stomach.
    • Plenty of protein and carbs-not heavy or greasy.
    • Crackers before you get out of bed in the morning.
    • Simple to prepare foods like oatmeal, a fruit smoothie, or a sandwich without processed meat.

DRINK

    • Sip ginger tea or chew on ginger candies.
    • Peppermint tea or diffuse peppermint essential oil. 
    • Small sips throughout the day – stay hydrated!
    • Lemonade, suck a lemon, or sniff some lemon juice.

AVOID

    • Strong smells whenever possible.
    • Getting overheated.

CONTINUE HEALTHY HABITS

    • Walking in the fresh air, prenatal stretching, or swimming.
    • Get extra rest when possible. 

If you find that home remedies aren’t helping to keep your morning sickness to a tolerable level, a prescription for a Vitamin B-6 supplement or an anti-nausea medication that’s safe to take during pregnancy may be what is necessary.  

If you have recently taken a positive pregnancy test at home and want to talk through your options with a trained client advocate, go over any concerns with an R.N. and connect with community resources, please call 757-591-8141.

Click HERE to make your appointment at Alcove Health a Women’s Clinic in Newport News, our services are provided at no cost to you and totally confidential.

By Stephanie, Client Advocate

February 25, 2021

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

About 1,700 Newport News women face unplanned pregnancies every year. You may be one of these women. Wondering what to do with a pregnancy you didn’t plan and you may not want.

If you’re living in Newport News, here’s a great option for you – Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. We’re conveniently located right here in the center of the city. What’s more, all of our services are provided with confidentiality and they’re completely free. 

You may be a lifelong resident of Newport News. Or you may just be visiting the area. Or you may be a student at Christopher Newport University – only living here during the school year.  Whatever your reason for coming to Newport News, if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, we’re here to provide you with the close-by, confidential medical services you need to make a safe decision.

It’s the best first call you can make as a pregnant woman.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you can find a safe space to get medically accurate information and support so you can make an informed decision that’s good for your reproductive health.  

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Alcove Health can provide you with a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and education about all of your options.  All without ever leaving the area.

And what’s more, when you come to our local clinic, we can help you connect with additional resources through our community partners here in Newport News.

Real care, tailored to your individual needs – that’s what Alcove Health provides.

An unplanned pregnancy may be just the tip of the iceberg for you. Other stressors in your life may weigh heavy on you as well. Alcove Health can help you get the help you need. We have connections to local resources for food, housing assistance, medical insurance – and so much more!

This is our area. We live in the area we serve and we want to connect local women will all the resources they need. Pregnancy may be the first thing on your mind, but it’s probably not the only thing on your mind. Life with an unplanned pregnancy is complicated. We can help you find the assistance you need –  right here in Newport News. Call us today.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment in Newport News, Virginia at Alcove Health today.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

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Feeling stress during pregnancy is common because of the many changes your body is experiencing. Stress can come from a wide variety of areas, but how you manage it can make all the difference.  Everyday life stress is inescapable, but prolonged periods of stress that don’t let up can have some damaging effects. While we don’t completely understand the role that stress can play in your pregnancy, certain hormones released during chronic stress could possibly affect your pregnancy.  Effects like high blood pressure, vulnerability to infections, and lower birth weight could possibly occur. That’s why it’s important to build stress-relieving habits into your life, improving you and your baby’s chances for a healthier and well-balanced life. Adding these tips to your daily routine can enhance your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health during your pregnancy.

Here are few suggestions:

    • Eat a healthy balanced diet
    • Practice good sleep hygiene 
    • Exercise
    • Meditation/Prayer
    • Build a good support network (family, friends & community) and share your feeling with others.   Ask for help when needed.
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about Group Prenatal Care

Alcove Health in Newport News is a safe place to meet one on one with a client advocate and discuss your pregnancy concerns.  Call us at 757-591-8141 today to schedule your no-cost appointment.

If you’re dealing with stress from an unplanned pregnancy and you’re considering abortion, click here to make an appointment for your no-cost medical services and abortion consultation. We see you . We want to help.

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It can be hard to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and your period since implantation usually happens around the same time your period should start.

So how can you tell the difference? 

Most women can’t but there are some things to consider such as color, amount, consistency, and length of time bleeding lasts.  Most implantation bleeding is either pink or dark rust-colored, it is typically much lighter than a woman’s normal flow, does not contain clots, and can last a few hours or up to 3 days.

What causes implantation bleeding, I hear you ask?  It typically occurs more in women who are pregnant for the first time.  It is caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the wall of the uterus; it can break some of the blood vessels – which causing bleeding.  If you experience this type of bleeding, you don’t need to go to the emergency room!  However, if you have heavy bleeding, clots, or significant abdominal pain these symptoms are not typical of implantation bleeding and may require medical attention.

So if you have questions about whether light bleeding is your period or pregnancy, reach out to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today to schedule an appointment for your free pregnancy test.  You deserve medically accurate information so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health. Make your free and confidential appointment by clicking HERE or by calling 757-591-8141 today.

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It’s a terrible feeling. Nausea. It comes and it goes. One thing you know for sure is that something is going on in your body because the nausea isn’t normal for you. Is it a stomach bug? COVID? Pregnancy Symptom?

Could you be pregnant? If you weren’t planning to get pregnant, just thinking about being pregnant may make you feel even more nauseous. So how can you be sure?

If you have been sexually active and you’ve missed your period, you may be pregnant. While every pregnant woman doesn’t experience nausea, up to 70% experience nausea at some point during early pregnancy. It is known to be one of the early signs of pregnancy.

But, you think to yourself, I’m not just nauseated in the morning. Don’t pregnant women only experience nausea in the morning? You have a good point. After all, they call it morning sickness, right? Yes, it is called morning sickness, but it can occur at any time during the day. Misleading, right?

While there are a variety of reasons that you may be nauseated, you don’t have to wait and wonder if you are pregnant. If you’re experiencing nausea, and you think you’re pregnant, contact Alcove Health for a free pregnancy test (lab-grade).You can find out and know for sure.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is the first call for pregnant women.  Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is a safe, judgement-free place to get medically evidenced information, process your options, ask questions, and be informed. All at no cost to you; all provided in a confidential setting. Why spend another day wondering if you are pregnant? Call today and make an appointment so you can know for sure.

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Signs and Symptoms

The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy can be confusing and easily mistaken for those same symptoms you experience just before getting your period.   If you have menstrual cycles that are as regular as clockwork, a missed period is usually one of your first signs.  Here are some other very early signs and symptoms of pregnancy to help you figure out what’s going on with your body. 

    1. Tender breasts
    2. Fatigue
    3. Frequent urination
    4. Bloating
    5. Nausea, without vomiting
    6. Smell sensitivity/ Food aversions
    7. Mood Swings
    8. Cramping/ Light spotting        

These symptoms can begin to appear as early as 6 days after conception and are often the result of hormone changes.  Estrogen and Progesterone are the major hormones working to maintain a pregnancy, and their effect throughout your whole body is noticeable.

If you’re experiencing early signs of pregnancy, contact us for a free pregnancy test (lab-grade). Click here to schedule an appointment.

Most urine pregnancy tests will show positive results as early as one day after your expected missed period (assuming you have regular menstrual cycles).  The drugstore varieties are usually inexpensive and reliable.  Take the test with your first bathroom visit in the morning, when your hormone levels are high and not diluted.  The test results could be life-changing—share your news with someone you love and trust!

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and are uncertain if you are ready to parent – schedule your FREE pregnancy test and limited OB ultrasounds by clicking HERE.

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