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Pregnant. Amount of electral powder to be taken daily?

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How much electral can be taken in a day, and upto how many days can a pregnant woman with a normal BP(but in sligtly lower side), take it..?
Posted Wed, 13 Feb 2013 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. S Patra 41 minutes later
hello XXXXXXX,

Thanks for posting your query.

Electral powder or oral rehydration salts (ORS) is indicated only in hyperemesis gravidarum or moderate to severe dehydration/ vomiting.

It is usually taken as one packet mixed with one liter water and to be served within 24 hrs in divided schedule. Extra fluid or ORS may be needed and it depends upon the severity of dehydration.

Nausea/vomiting or morning sickness is quite common & normal thing in early weeks of pregnancy, specially in first trimester. In such cases with normal BP, I do not think to take ORS or electral powder. In severe vomiting, ORS should be continued till symptoms of dehydration subside.

To combat nausea/vomiting in early weeks, she can take two Doxinate tab at bedtime. It is very much useful.

Do some basic things for healthy pregnancy:
1) Continue prescribed medicine as per your doctor recommendation.
2) Take Healthy protein XXXXXXX diet (Milk/Meat/Fish/Pulses/Beans/Nuts/Dals etc.) with extra 350 Kcal/day than usual and eat leafy vegetables & fresh fruits.
3) Drink lots of fluid/water to stay hydrated & for better feto-placental circulation.
4) Take an adequate bed rest and preferably 8-10 hrs daily in divided schedule.
5) Maintain personal hygiene including breast & genital care with proper washing.
6) Try to avoid stress/tension/emotional upset by regular XXXXXXX breathing.
7) Certain things should be avoided like any type of sexual activity/ intercourse, long journey/stepping uneven surface and high heel shoe (risk of fall on ground with miscarriage) etc.
8) Do periodic check up as per schedule. Ultrasound scan is needed to assess growth & development of fetus.
9) Take Iron/calcium supplements from 16 weeks onwards, Two doses of TT in the 2nd trimester and complete all necessary investigations.
10) Periodic measurement of Weight gain and blood pressure. 10-12 kg weight gain is normal in pregnancy period.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

Wish her good health and successful motherhood.

Dr Soumen.
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