Sue McDonald brings us handy hints and tips to make life easier, and discusses the minor disorders that may happen during pregnancy.
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ï»¿Emma Howard: Now if youâ€™re pregnant and watching this, youâ€™ll know that pregnancy brings whether it a whole host of unfortunate niggles from constipation to varicose veins, pregnant women endure it all. Sue McDonald from the Royal College of Midwives is here to help you through some of these ailments. Welcome Sue. Sue McDonald: Thank you. Emma Howard: Now before Iâ€™ve to say that youâ€™re very, very unlucky if you got all of those things in one pregnancy but you usually get a few problems. But tell me so much about the people whenâ€™re suffering, itâ€™s really quite awful, isnâ€™t it? Sue McDonald: Well, thatâ€™s precisely it is because as your pregnancy is meant to be a fantastic, exciting, wonderful time and people donâ€™t necessarily tell you about the so called minor disorders which in all textbooks the Midwives and Obstetricians use this as minor disorders. But of course for women, itâ€™s a major misery sometimes and yes youâ€™re right, women donâ€™t get all of those things but they might get one or two and those are enough to make you feel miserable. Emma Howard: Yes because some of them can dominate through out. Sue McDonald: They can. Emma Howard: Letâ€™s start off with a very beginning of pregnancy because we've had a text in from one of our viewers who says, I was due my first baby on Friday nothing yet. So youâ€™re probably watching us now whiling away the time. She asks you, have you any tips to get me started that arenâ€™t old wives tales. Last thing, I want is sex and I donâ€™t eat spicy food. So and she is in a very common position, doesnâ€™t she? Itâ€™s her first baby later than the 40 weeks, she is just waiting, what can she do to help move it along? Sue McDonald: Well, the old wives tale issue, actually having a sex isnâ€™t an old wives tale. It actually will sometimes help labor, the onset of labor. Emma Howard: And thatâ€™s because there is something in the sperm. Sue McDonald: Thatâ€™s right. Emma Howard: What is it? Sue McDonald: Within the semen, there are actually prostaglandins which are naturally occurring substance which actually are released around the key places in the body. And one of them is around the cervix which is the part of the body you want to stop having some action and opening and starting the labor. But actually if youâ€™re not ready to go into labor even having sex, isnâ€™t going to do the trick. Spicy foods, well, some people like to have spicy food, some people donâ€™t. It doesnâ€™t generally have very much an effect. I now Iâ€™ve had women who said well I try castor oil during my â€“ when I wanted to start myself but -- Emma Howard: Spooning it into your mouth. Sue McDonald: There are all sorts of different ways of having castor oil. Emma Howard: You can take in capsules? Sue McDonald: You can or you put it in like a sort of sandwich. You have a fruit juice then a bit of castor oil then fruit juice. The side effect is that sometimes it will help you go into labor but often you will get diarrhea from that because obviously castor oil does have that effect on you. So I mean really the best thing to do is to make use of the time that last few weeks, really use the time to get rested, in between being rested make sure youâ€™re eating properly, get some exercise, go swimming because those will help you really get toned up for labor and delivery and help you. Emma Howard: Oh, youâ€™re saying in round about way that actually there is nothing you can do that when your body is ready, itâ€™s ready and if itâ€™s not donâ€™t try and make it. Sue McDonald: Alas, alas! Emma Howard: Alas! Youâ€™re saying. Sue McDonald: Because the textbooks say 40 weeks, we donâ€™t know. Some women will go into labor 39 weeks of pregnancy, other women 42 weeks. The important thing is that the well being of you and your baby and what will happen after your due date is that youâ€™ll be monitored to make sure all is well. And if itâ€™s seems the baby and maybe the placenta is not working as effectively then