Sunday, October 7, 2012

Keeping teeth and gums healthy - normal and abnormal discharge during pregnancy

Teeth and gums during pregnancy: Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque (bacteria) on your teeth. During pregnancy, hormonal changes in your body can cause plaque to make your gums more inflamed. They may become swollen and bleed more easily. When your baby is born your gums should return to normal.
Keeping teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy
Clean your teeth and gums carefully. Ask your dentist to show you a good brushing method to remove all the plaque.
Avoid having sugary drinks and foods too often. Try to eat them at mealtimes only.
Go to the dentist for a check-up. NHS dental treatment is free while you are pregnant and for a year after your baby’s birth.
Ask your dentist if any new or replacement fillings should be delayed until after your baby is born.
Tiredness in early pregnancy   
In the early months of pregnancy you may feel tired or even desperately exhausted. The only answer is to try to rest as much as possible. Make time to sit with your feet up during the day and accept any offers of help from colleagues and family.
Towards the end of pregnancy you may feel tired because of the extra weight you are carrying. Make sure that you get plenty of rest.
Discharge during pregnancy  
Almost all women have more vaginal discharge in pregnancy. It should be clear and white and should not smell unpleasant. If the discharge is colored or smells strange, or if you feel itchy or sore, you may have a vaginal infection. The most common infection is thrush, which your doctor can treat easily. You can help to prevent thrush by wearing loose cotton underwear.
Severe discharge during pregnancy    
Tell your midwife or doctor if the discharge is colored, smells strange, or if you feel itchy or sore.
Tell your midwife or doctor if vaginal discharge, of any color, increases a lot in later pregnancy.

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