Turn Pregnancy Symptoms into a Smile

by Jason 11/20/2014 8:00 AM

Did you just find out you’re pregnant? If so, congratulations on your baby to be! Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but 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 as well?

Here’s how to keep a healthy mouth and body as you experience common pregnancy symptoms:

Morning sickness  – don’t be fooled by its nickname. It 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. If you do get sick, vomiting can result in tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and brittle teeth. Just remember to brush and floss your pearly whites afterwards.

Feeling fatigued? It’s not unusual to feel tired during your pregnancy.

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. Cravings might make you long for foods that aren’t always the healthiest choices.

Solution: Yes, you’re technically eating for two, and it’s important to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs. So, do your best to stick to healthy meals and snacks. Go for protein, complex carbs and plenty of fruits and veggies. It’s fine to satisfy a craving on occasion, but be sure to do so in moderation. Also, 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 don’t forget to schedule a dentist appointment within the first trimester.

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

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