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Prenatal Care

 –  Good prenatal care can increase the chances of delivering a healthy baby. Ideally, it should begin before you become pregnant. Good prenatal care protects your baby's health as well as your own. At drugstore.com, we offer a number of products to help make the nine months of pregnancy a little easier for you and your growing baby. Your doctor can give you guidance as to which prenatal care products are most appropriate for you.
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What Vitamins Does a Pregnant Woman Need?



Good nutrition during pregnancy can help support growth and development of your baby. Most doctors recommend taking a prenatal vitamin supplement with folic acid and iron before becoming pregnant. Folate is important for preventing neural tube defects, abnormalities of the nervous system in newborn babies. Wholesome prenatal vitamins with iron and folic acid made from whole food sources are available. These vitamins help provide the nutritional support you may require when you're pregnant. Choose from prenatal vitamins that contain no artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives as well as formulas free of ingredients like nuts, fish, soy, milk, yeast and gluten.

DHA for Pregnancy



Prenatal DHA supplements from fish oils are also available. These supplements are formulated to support brain and visual health. Many doctors recommend getting more DHA during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the best dietary source of DHA is fish and some fish are high in mercury and other toxins. DHA supplements are usually tested to ensure they're free of PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals.

Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness



Morning sickness is no fun! A significant number of women experience nausea or vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you're like most women you don't want to take anything for nausea that would put your baby's health at risk. Fortunately, all-natural morning sickness aids including chews in yummy fruit flavors are available. These products contain natural ingredients and are drug-free. More research is needed to confirm that these products are effective. Always consult your doctor before taking anything by mouth for nausea.

What Can I Do About Hemorrhoids?



Hemorrhoids are another problem some women experience during pregnancy. Hemorrhoid ointments and creams may help soothe the itching and burning. For tough hemorrhoid pain and itching, hemorrhoid creams with hydrocortisone are formulated to calm inflammation and reduce irritation. Hemorrhoid creams and ointments with 1% hydrocortisone are commonly recommended by doctors for easing hemorrhoid discomfort. Hemorrhoid suppositories with ingredients like phenylephrine help shrink swollen blood vessels and hemorrhoid tissues as they soothe irritation. For a natural approach to pesky hemorrhoids, look for hemorrhoid pads made with witch hazel . Talk to your doctor about which hemorrhoid treatments are safe to use during pregnancy.

Relaxation for Pregnancy



Feeling uptight? It's normal to be anxious about becoming a new mom. Need to relax? Reach for organic teas you can sip when you feel uptight or queasy. It’s a nice way to unwind at the end of the day too . If you are considering drinking organic tea, be sure to talk to your doctor first.

Speaking of relaxation - make sure you have the right pillow. Sometimes it's hard to get comfy when you're pregnant. Special curved pillows with shoulder and lumbar support are available to help you rest more comfortably before and after your baby is born. To support your growing tummy when you walk around during the day, discover the comfort of wearing a maternity support belt made of soft foam and elastic. Many maternity support belts allow you to feel comfortable under your clothing without the belts showing or being noticeable through clothing.

Be sure to see your doctor as soon as you know you're pregnant. Your doctor can help you select the products that are right for you. Then look through our assortment of prenatal care products here at drugstore.com.

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