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Dealing with Pregnancy Discomforts

Medically Approved by Dr. Edward Salko

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Pregnancy discomforts are very common occurrences – some fleeting, while others more permanent. Some might occur during the early weeks, while others transpire late around the time of delivery of the child. Then there are some that make an appearance during the early weeks of pregnancy, stay for some time and then recede, but return during the latter part of the pregnancy period. Pregnancy is connected with uncomfortable pains and irritations that are a normal part of the experience. We’ve compiled a bucket list of recommendations that can help alleviate pregnancy woes successfully.

1. Dealing with Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is an unpleasant aspect of pregnancy that is associated with nausea and vomiting.Although unavoidable, there are certain methods that can help control morning sickness and make things more comfortable for you. Frequently eating small snacks, avoiding extreme odors, keeping stress away, and going to bed earlier are some simple tasks that can be extremely helpful in taking care of morning sickness.

2. Keeping Fatigue at Bay

Fatigue is a common concern for most pregnant women. By controlling sleep schedules and taking plenty of rest, you can manage to avoid tiredness. Take small naps when you can. Get others to help you with the household chores. Avoid any work that involves lifting, moving, twisting or stretching too much. Try and sleep at a fixed time every night and avoid going out at night. Keep all appointments for the day time.

3. Taking Care of Pregnancy Related Constipation

Most women suffer from constipation during pregnancy. The reason for this is attributed to the physiological changes associated with pregnancy. Various hormonal changes, intake of vitamins and iron supplements, pressure on the rectum from the uterus are some of the factors that are responsible for this problem. Adding more fiber and fluids in your diet and consuming warm water in the morning can help alleviate this problem.

4. Avoiding Pregnancy Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum that bulge and cause itching, pain and bleeding. It is a very common condition that affects almost 50% of pregnant women. An explanation for the occurrence of this is that during pregnancy, the blood volume increases, causing the veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also pushes and puts pressure on the veins present in the rectum. Hemorrhoids can be prevented by preventing constipation, avoid standing for long periods of time, and not straining during a bowel movement.

5. Keeping Stretch Marks Away

Stretch marks are like scar tissues on the skin in red, pink, or brown streaks on the skin that are formed when skin is stretched beyond its limit of normal elasticity. They generally appear on the thighs, abdomen, breast, and buttocks. They generally fade after delivery. In order to avoid them one must take a diet rich in vitamin c and vitamin E and exercise regularly. Lotions can be applied to keep the skin soft and prevent dryness.

Every woman’s pregnancy is unique and so are the experiences. It is advisable that you consult your physician or health care provider if you notice any change that can become a potential problem.

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