Common Pregnancy Problems

uncomfortable pregnant womanAll pregnant women will agree that the first few months of pregnancy are unpleasant, to say the least. You may experience morning sickness, swelling in the legs and ankles, abdominal pains and cramps, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, bladder problems, and a myriad of problems in between. The goal of this article is to help you deal with these issues and feel better.

Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is probably the most common of the pregnancy symptoms. Don't be fooled; morning sickness nausea will come at any time of the day, not just in the morning. To help prevent nausea in the morning, wake up slowly. Try eating some plain crackers or dry cereal before getting out of bed. Avoid warm places; heat can increase nauseas feelings. Keep fresh air flowing by opening windows or turning on exhaust fans. Cooking things in the microwave will emit fewer odors than cooking in the oven or on the stovetop. Eat something salty before meals, avoid greasy or spicy foods and try not to drink fluids with your meals. Spread your meals out throughout the day into approximately 6 smaller meals. Try taking your prenatal vitamins later in the day, and ask your doctor about vitamin B6 and ginger supplements. Sipping on fizzy water with lemon or non-caffeinated teas, like peppermint and ginger, can help calm nausea.

Abdominal Pain or Cramps
There are many changes going on in your body. A lot of stress is being put on your abdominal muscles, which can cause sharp pains and cramps. To relieve these pains, try using a warm heating pad. To prevent these pains, try strengthening your abdominal muscles. Talk to your doctor to find out which kinds of exercises are best for you.

Swelling
Throughout your pregnancy, you may experience some swelling. Wearing support hose can help to control the swelling in your legs and ankles. Avoid standing for long periods of time. Wear shoes that fit well, or buy inserts designed especially for pregnant women. Avoid diuretics, as these will lead to increased swelling. Stay off your feet as much as possible, and elevate your legs when sitting. Lying down is even better than sitting.

Constipation
To combat constipation, you should exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and eat lots of fibrous foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals, and breads.

Fatigue
Fatigue can come from sleepless nights due to aches and pains, vivid dreams, or too much stress. The most effective method for dealing with fatigue is to get plenty of rest. Take several naps during the day. Eat a well balanced diet, including about an extra 300 calories per day. Iron deficiency is a leading cause of fatigue, so be sure to get enough. Although it may seem counter-productive, fatigue can often be relieved by exercising. Exercise will be refreshing and will leave you feeling energized.

Heartburn
Many of the remedies associated with nausea will also help you deal with heartburn. In addition, chew fennel or papaya enzymes, and avoid wearing tight clothing.

Bladder Problems
Bladder problems can be among the most bothersome of pregnancy related issues. First and foremost, drink plenty of water. Avoid junk food, refined starches, coffee, sugar, tea, and foods high in acidic content. Avoid using soap on your genitals. Be sure to empty your bladder and wash with water after intercourse. Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. Try to include cabbage, leeks, and garlic in your diet, drink 3 glasses of cranberry juice every day, and take a vitamin C supplement.

Some women have more problems than others, but they generally get a little easier during the second trimester. In general, just make sure to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, get some exercise regularly, eat a well balanced diet, and try to keep an optimistic mindset.

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Common Pregnancy Problems

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  1. Marina says:

    At 7 months I still have terrible nausea, swelling in my feet / lower extremities left worse than right, fatigue, shortness of breath, constant congestion, back back, hip pain & increasing pelvic pain. Can’t exercise because I can’ breathe and makes the nausea worse.

    • Tawnia says:

      I had nausea all the way trough most of my pregnancys. I’m on child #4 and for some reason the meds they put me on to stop preterm labor actually helped. they even rx’d me anti nausea meds but they made me too sleepy to deal with the older kids

  2. verochka31 says:

    I guess that at 34 weeks and still jogging pays off!! besides being tired, I havent experience much written above and I feel great most of the time. this is my fifth pregnancy and the most I have exercised and it sure paid off!!

  3. VelaMina says:

    what i hated when i was pregnant was constipation && leg cramps. oh that cramps. i can’t stretch my legs when i go to sleep or when i woke up coz when i do that i just ended up crying in pain coz of crumps.
    by constipation, i just drink plenty of pineapple juice && ate yogurt. it helped me a lot. and water ofcourse hehe.
    i also had heartburn && hands/feet swelling. i also hated the swelling coz i couldn’t wear my shoes right.
    and bladder. oh my. i needed to go to pee every hour xD.

  4. Sara says:

    I only had morning sickness for a couple of weeks in the beginning, I’ve had fatigue all 9 months, really bad constipation since my second trimester, severe swelling in my feet and lower legs, chronic heartburn since 7 months, and a bladder infection that turned into a kidney infection.

  5. susan says:

    This website has been very helpful to me. Not only do you go into detail about the baby, but what is going on with me and my husband is very understanding. My question is, can a growing bundle leave bruises on mh stomache and sides when I feel punches and kicks?

  6. AmyC says:

    I’ve never had heartburn until now.

  7. Sarah says:

    So far at 11 weeks I have: extreme fatigue during the day because I have restless sleep at night, all day sickness and bloating

  8. geneva says:

    No heartburn thank god but everything els is on my list..

  9. So far I have only really experienced abdominal cramping. I have been very nervous about it, thinking something is wrong. I called the doctor a couple of days ago, but They have yet to schedule me an appointment. It is my first pregnancy and I am worried about everything. I just want to do everything right and I want a happy and healthy baby (happy and healthy me, too!). Any suggestions? It seems like there’s not a lot of options for food choices and although I generally have a healthy diet, this is a lot harder than I thought.

  10. janice smith says:

    my daughter is 35 wks and baby is breach and does want a c-section shes miserable iam at a loss on what to say or do 2 help her/

  11. McKenzie says:

    I have had a whole bunch of these problems.

  12. McKenzie says:

    I wonder if I can drink more cranberry juice than water?

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