Pregnancy blog, 18/07/2018
The third trimester can be exhausting at the best of times, but adding a stomach bug and hot weather on top would make anyone feel pretty "gutted", to quote Giovanna.
We hope Gi feels much better soon. And for anyone else in the same sick bed, here's some advice:
What to do if you have sickness or diarrhoea in pregnancy?
Do not panic.
A stomach bug lasting up to 48 hours is very unlikely to harm your baby.
As we said, stomach bugs are exhausting so take it easy. When napping, make sure you're sleeping on your side in the third trimester.
Drink plenty of water - small sips regularly if you're feeling nauseous.
Eat if you can.
Small, light meals are best. If you're not able to eat because it makes you feel or be sick, you should be ok without food for 24 hours as long as you're drinking enough water.
Wash your hands.
Make sure your hands are clean after you go to the toilet or vomit.
When to get help
- Do not take any medicine for your stomach bug without speaking to a pharmacist or medical professional.
- If your bug lasts longer than 48 hours go and see a GP.
- Speak to a doctor as soon as possible if you experience other symptoms, such as:
Find out more about stomach bugs and pregnancy.
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
It might not be exactly how you pictured it, bringing your baby home with social distancing measures in place. But it's important to do whatever you feel like when it comes to marking the first few weeks and staying connected with the people you love. Here are some ideas, but please be kind to yourself and don't expect too much.
Your tummy will deflate and the swelling will ease, and whilst your body may not be the way it once was, it will always be your baby's first home. There's something beautiful about that, and that is something beautiful about YOU.
Things I wish I had known when I was pregnant about...unwanted advice. People generally mean well, but at the end of the day, you and your partner (if you have one) are the only ones who get to decide how to raise your baby.
Macrolide antibiotics (including erythromycin, clarithromycin, and azithromycin) are used to treat common bacterial infections and are considered alternatives for patients with penicillin allergy.