DEALING WITH DISCOMFORTS DURING PREGNANCY
Are you pregnant? Is it the first time? If it is, then you must be seeing and feeling a lot of changes in your body. The various sudden and dramatic changes that are happening in your body may at times make your own body feel alien to you. Your body looks and feels different and it makes you feel uncomfortable. Carrying all that extra weight puts a lot of strain on your legs and hips, and pressure on other organs in the body.
Common Discomforts and How You Can Deal With Them?
All the changes in your body associated with pregnancy can cause some problems to you. These are some of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy and remedies that could be useful in coping with them -
Pain in Lower Abdomen - After about 20 weeks, you may experience some pain in the lower part of the abdomen, especially on the right hand side. This is caused because the ligaments that support the uterus are stretched. Lying down will help relieve these pains.
Pain in Upper Abdomen - Pain can also be felt in the upper part of the abdomen. This is often caused by heartburn. In order to get relief from this discomfort, eat in small quantities, take antacids (after consulting your doctor) and sit upright after meals.
Morning Sickness - In the first trimester, hormonal changes may cause morning sickness accompanied by nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. In such situations, eating bland food and consuming food in small quantities may bring relief.
Constipation - Constipation is an undesirable side effect of pregnancy. It could lead to hemarrhoids which could be caused by strain during bowel movement. You can fight constipation by increasing the fruit and fibre content in your diet. But you might also have to use a laxative.
Swelling - In the third trimester, the uterus exerts pressure on the veins to the lungs. This causes swelling in the lungs and varicose veins. Elevating the legs and wearing elastic stockings could help in controlling the swelling.
Pain in the Pelvis - Late in the pregnancy, you may feel pain in the pelvic region. He loosening of ligaments is responsible for this. The best remedy for this is to avoid the activities that strain the ligaments.
Backaches - You may also get backaches. These occur because of the change in posture caused by the enlarging abdomen. A good exercise regimen (discuss this with your doctor) aimed at strengthening the abdominal and back muscles could help in preventing backaches. Good rest and a heating pad will help in relieving the pain when they occur.
The changes that occur in your body during pregnancy can lead to various discomforts. But if you take preventive measures and use the appropriate remedies when they do occur, you can have a happy pregnancy!