Last Reviewed: April 2017
Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant
- Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away.
- Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina.
- Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain.
- A feeling that the baby is pushing down.
- Contractions or change in the strength or number of them.
- An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge.
- Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache.
- Blurry vision or spots before your eyes.
- Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face.
- A significant change in your baby's movements.
Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
Your dental health in pregnancy
Your dental health during pregnancy is very important. You should plan to visit your dentist at least once during your pregnancy. Ideally, schedule a checkup in your second trimester (13-24 weeks) to have your teeth cleaned and your oral health assessed. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy has many benefits for you and your baby.
Looking after your oral health during pregnancy may help you:
- Decrease the chance of pregnancy gingivitis (changes in your hormone levels can cause swollen gums that bleed during brushing and flossing)
- Reduce the risk of having a premature or low-birth-weight baby by having healthy gums and teeth
- Avoid tooth decay caused by acids (morning sickness can leave stomach acids in your mouth)
You can help yourself
Taking care of your oral health is always a good idea. While pregnant, here are particular things you can do:
- Keep your mouth clean. Brush twice each day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and gums
- Eat healthy, nutritious food
- Try eating dry toast or unsalted crackers before getting out of bed in the morning to help prevent morning sickness
- Rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride mouth rinse if you do vomit. Rinsing helps protect your teeth from damaging stomach acids
- Ask your dentist or hygienist if you have any questions about your oral health
Dentists provide special care to pregnant women
Your dentist and dental hygienist have special training to look after your oral health while you are pregnant. It is best to arrange a visit during your second trimester (13 – 24 weeks).
- Tell your dentist that you are pregnant
- Have regular dental cleanings and check-ups before, during and after your pregnancy
- Put off routine x-rays until after your pregnancy. If your dentist recommends dental x-rays, the dental office will provide a leaded apron to shield you and your baby from the low dose of radiation used
- Avoid taking drugs or medications while pregnant. If emergency dental treatment requires that you take drugs, be sure to discuss this with your dentist and physician before use
Adapted from: Public Health Agency of Canada. Based on material developed by the City of Ottawa, People Services Department.
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