During Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of both physical and emotional changes. You can obviously expect changes in your body shape, and as well in your hormonal levels and metabolism. These changes can contribute to various physical and emotional discomforts.

There is some good news - not all of the common discomforts of pregnancy are experienced by ALL women. Try to remember that you may need to try more than one remedy before you find one that works for you and it is always important to discuss this with your physician. It is extremely important during your pregnancy to make sure you are nourishing your body with good nutrition. Making sure to eat well can certainly minimize the discomforts and help your body to cope with the stresses of daily life. If you experience a physical discomfort that is severe or does not go away, contact your health care provider. And, if you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or asthma, it is very important to see your health care provider throughout your pregnancy.

• Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.

• Try to sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs.

• Limit caffeine intake and cut out alcohol and tobacco.

• Bend your knees (squat) to pick things up from the floor or low places.

• Use a step stool to reach high shelves.

• Adjust your car seat and steering wheel to accommodate your changing shape.

• Wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked meat.

• Take off rings if they get too tight on your fingers.

• Fully immerse in a Jacuzzi or hot tub over 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Do not clean kitty’s litter box, or do garden work without wearing gloves.

• Hold your breath while lifting or lift heavy loads. Be sure to check with your health care provider regarding exact weight limitations.

• Try not to sit for periods longer than 30 minutes without taking a stretch break.

• Don’t sit with your knees crossed.

• Strain to have a bowel movement.

· Backache

· Breast changes

· Constipation

· Hemorrhoids

· Frequent urination

· Difficulty sleeping

· Fatigue

· Headache

· Heart pounding

· Heartburn or intestinal gas

· Light-headedness/dizziness

· Mood changes

· Muscle cramps

· Nausea and vomiting

· Nosebleeds and bleeding gums

· Lower abdominal and pelvic discomfort

· Skin changes

· Stretch marks

· Itching

· Stuffy nose/food or chemical allergies

· Swelling (feet, legs, face and hands)

· Vaginal discharge/yeast infections

· Varicose veins