Cheers to another blog post! And this is for the mamas that are expecting or planning to have a child. During pregnancy, women may experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. Some of these symptoms are manageable but others are not. And when they are not, oh baby these symptoms can feel unbearable! But don't fret because every pregnancy is different. You may or may not experience the same symptoms as other moms but for those that experience severe or more painful symptoms, please consult with your health care provider to ensure all is well. If you're looking for a few methodologies and natural remedies that will help ease you through some of these symptoms, read to the very end to check out those tips.
Read below for a list of the most common physical symptoms:
Nausea and vomiting: Many women experience morning sickness, which can occur at any time of the day or night.
Fatigue: Pregnancy can cause an increase in tiredness, especially during the first and third trimesters.
Breast tenderness: The hormones of pregnancy can cause breast tenderness and enlargement.
Mood swings: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause mood swings and emotional fluctuations.
Backache and cramps: As the baby grows, the weight and pressure on the lower back can cause aches and cramps.
Constipation and bloating: The hormonal changes of pregnancy can slow down the digestive process and cause constipation and bloating.
Headaches: Hormonal changes can cause headaches, especially during the first trimester.
Shortness of breath: As the baby grows, the uterus expands and can press against the diaphragm, causing shortness of breath.
Swelling: Pregnancy can cause swelling in the feet, ankles, and hands, especially during the third trimester.
Heartburn and indigestion: As the baby grows, the uterus can press against the stomach, causing heartburn and indigestion.
Remember, it is important to note that every woman's pregnancy is different and not everyone will experience the same symptoms and if you have any concerns about your symptoms, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider. Read on below if you would like to know some methodologies you can try on your own.
How To Prevent or Lessen Pregnancy Symptoms:
There are several ways to prevent or lessen the symptoms of pregnancy, hope the remedies below help:
Eat a healthy diet: Eating a well-balanced diet can help to prevent nausea and vomiting; as well as provide essential nutrients for the growing baby. Incorporate foods like avocado, greens, quinoa, brown rice, mango, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, whole grain food, etc into your eating plan. ID it's easier for you to intake more lighter/liquid foods, try blending up your produce into a delicious smoothie to intake all the nutrients in one.
Get enough rest: Pregnancy can cause fatigue, so it is important to get enough rest and sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Not only does your body and mind need rest, so does your baby.
Engage in gentle exercise: Engaging in gentle exercise such as walking, swimming, or yoga can help to alleviate fatigue, improve mood, and reduce back pain.
Anytime you're feeling ill or feel like vomiting, try to go for a slow walk for a few minutes and take a cold or warm bath (whichever your water temperature your body adapts to better).
Use heat or cold pack/therapy: Applying heat or cold therapy can temporarily alleviate back pain and cramps.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help to prevent constipation and bloating.
Wear comfortable clothing: Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing can help to reduce breast tenderness and prevent skin irritation. Keep it loose around the belly and switch to sports or wireless bra for comfortable wear.
Intake electrolytes such as nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits to help bone health, nerve function and reduce muscle cramps.
Practice good posture: Good posture, keeping the shoulders back and back straight to help to reduce back pain and improve breathing.
For complicated sleep: Sleep on the left side so blood can easily pass through the heart if there is any hard time breathing . A pregnancy pillow will save your life for a much more comfortable dreamy sleep.
Try alternative therapies: Some women find relief from pregnancy massages.
Identify and avoid triggers. Be aware of what causes your nausea, headaches, heartburn or indigestion.
Every woman's pregnancy is unique. Seek medical attention if necessary: If you are having severe symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention from your healthcare provider. They may be able to provide additional support, such as medication or other treatments if necessary.
If you're currently carrying, let me know how you feeling! What symptoms are you going through if any? How's pregnancy coming along for you? I would love to hear.!
All Things Mommy