First Aid pp 47-52 | Cite as

What to Do when a Pregnant Woman Becomes Ill

  • Muriel Skeet
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Abstract

As a health worker you are in a position to give advice to pregnant women. Briefly, you should teach them:
  • how important it is to eat well;

  • that it is good to use a little iodised salt in their food each day (but not too much as this can cause swelling of the feet and other problems);

  • how important it is to keep clean—not only to bathe or wash regularly, but also to keep their hair and teeth clean;

  • that they should avoid taking medicines but vitamin and iron pills, in the right dosages, can be good—aspirin or antacids may be taken occasionally;

  • that they should not smoke or drink alcoholic substances during pregnancy;

  • that they should continue to work and take exercise, but not get too tired;

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© Muriel Skeet 1984

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