Did you just find out you’re pregnant? If so, congratulations on your bouncing baby to be! If you’re still trying, the odds are in your favor this month. According to a recent study conducted by the CDC, November is the most common month for conceiving.
With a million things to think about now, it can be easy to forget about your oral health. You’re already glowing from pregnancy – shouldn’t your smile shine too?
Here’s how to keep a healthy mouth and body during common pregnancy symptoms:
Morning sickness – Don’t be fooled by its nickname – morning sickness can strike at any time of the day.
Solution: Eat small meals or snacks every few hours. Bland, dry foods can help an upset belly. You can also try motion sickness bands – these offer many pregnant women comfort. Frequent vomiting can lead to sensitivity, bad breath, and brittle teeth.
Feeling fatigued? It’s not unusual to feel tired during your pregnancy. After all, you’re carrying an extra person inside of you! Who wouldn’t be exhausted?
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 by taking a short nap.
An increased appetite is common during the second trimester of pregnancy. The cravings are due to your baby growing and requiring more nourishment.
Solution: Yes, you’re technically eating for two, and it’s important to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs. However, a whole sleeve of cookies probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, indulge occasionally and try your best to stick to healthy meals and snacks. Go for protein, complex carbs, and plenty of fruits and veggies. Oftentimes your body confuses dehydration for hunger. Drink plenty of water to curb 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 daily and floss once a day. And don’t forget to schedule a dentist appointment within the first trimester.
Here’s to a healthy smile, body, and baby!