You may have that ‘glow’, but many moms also experience uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Here are a few ways to cope with the most common ones…
As you go through the various stages of your pregnancy, it is quite natural to experience physical and emotional discomfort and find yourself thinking about issues you’ve never thought about before.
“During pregnancy, the body of a woman undergoes many changes that can be overwhelming. This is why it is important for women who discover they are pregnant to start attending antenatal classes as soon as possible and to manage any existing medical conditions that may affect the pregnancy with their healthcare provider,” explains Marié van Heerden, manager of Life Healthcare’s Genesis Maternity Clinic.
Regardless of what is on your mind, know that your midwife/GP/obstetrician and antenatal teacher are all there to help and support you before and after your baby is born. Don’t hesitate to talk to them.
Nausea affects most moms during the course of their pregnancy.
It is usually experienced in the mornings of the first trimester of pregnancy due to high levels of pregnancy hormones but may occur at other times of the day and throughout your pregnancy as well.
Morning sickness can also be caused by pressure from the foetus; reflux and changes in the metabolism, as well as changes in hormones.
How to cope
- Have a snack such as a dry biscuit (ginger biscuits have proven effective) and a hot drink before getting out of bed; then get up slowly.
- Have regular small meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level constant, and have a snack before going to bed.
- Have regular sips of water to prevent dehydration from vomiting.
- Rest as much as possible as being tired can make you feel worse.
Sleeplessness during pregnancy could be ascribed to various causes such as physical discomfort; anxiety about the pending birth and ability to cope with a new lifestyle; nightmares as a result of this anxiety; or, pressure on your bladder resulting in frequent visits to the toilet.
How to cope
- Avoid caffeine throughout the day.
- Rest often for short periods.
- Establish a relaxing routine before bedtime.
- Do breathing and other relaxation exercises, especially before bedtime.
- Read a book before bedtime.
- Putting pillows under your tummy, between your knees and behind your back can provide you with added comfort and assist you in finding a comfortable sleeping position.
Because of hormonal changes and changes in the pH balance of vaginal secretions, thrush is more common during pregnancy.
How to cope
- Consult with your midwife/GP about a suitable antifungal cream or pessaries for both you and your partner, as the infection can be passed between you during intercourse.
Source: Life Healthcare
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