Non-threatening Pregnancy Pains
You are finally pregnant and are leaping with joy, but there are some pregnancy pains that you may need to be aware of. While they are painful or may simply cause you some discomfort, they are to be expected and you may go through all or some of them during the course of the nine months till the birth, in fact some of them may continue for a while after the delivery. It should be noted that all women are different and all pregnancies are different and some women may luckily go through their pregnancy with little or no discomfort at all only to be plagued with discomfort during another pregnancy.
Here are some of the more common pregnancy pains and how you can deal with them to make the nine months easier:
Nausea and Morning Sickness
This is so rampant that this is the first warning some women get to know that they are pregnant. As a result of hormonal changes especially at the beginning of the pregnancy (first 4 months) it can be very discomforting. Once the body gets used to the hormone changes however it should cease and you will be able to feel better.
In the morning it is advised to eat dry foods such as cereal and crackers and at night it is better to eat high protein foods. Instead of eating 3 large meals try to eat small meals throughout the day and be sure to chew your food properly, same applies to fluids as opposed to taking too much at once, sip it a little at a time. Stay away from spicy, greasy food especially that with smells that bother you. If you however can not keep anything down, it is best to go see a professional as this can lead to severe dehydration and malnutrition.
Growing and sustaining a little human being is hard work and you are likely to feel tired most of the time, at least until the 2nd trimester. Also as a result of all this activity the mother may become anemic and low on blood so you might want to have this checked out as well.
The best option you have is to have plenty of rest, go to bed early at night and try taking a rest or nap during the day. Exercise and keep a schedule so that you can have some balance and maybe even increase your energy levels. If you are feeling anemic have it checked out and get the appropriate medication, do not attempt to self diagnose or even self medicate.
Affecting mostly first time mothers, breasts tend to become tender and swollen and very sensitive to touch. It is likely to start up right from the beginning of the pregnancy but will ease sooner or later, though the tenderness is likely to continue well into the breast feeding stage.
You cannot do much about this apart from opting for a well-sized bra that offers the necessary support. It is also necessary to pad your bra with a soft absorbent cloth that will absorb any liquid that may leak from the breasts during the pregnancy period. And be sure to let your partner know of the new rules, as you know men have a breast fixation and he may not realize that his touch there is no longer welcome.
Indigestion (heartburn) and Constipation
The intestinal function may be less than optimum during pregnancy and this will result into constipation. Hormonal changes and enlargement of the uterus plus a slower digestion process upset the stomach and this may result into pushing the stomach acids back upwards causing heartburn.
Drink plenty of water and eat foods high in fiber to deal with the constipation. Eat slowly and chew all your food properly, drink warm liquids, your head should be higher than your feet when you lie down, keep from going to sleep immediately after eating, and eat smaller numerous meals as compared to three large ones to take care of the indigestion problems.
Pressure from the baby’s head will cause the veins the general area of the anus to swell causing hemorrhoids. The swollen veins will manifest as painful lumps around the anus and the problem is likely to continue for sometime even after the baby has been delivered.
Tips to make this easier include avoid any clothing item that may put pressure on the affected area (tight underwear, pants, etc), try to prevent constipation as this makes the condition more painful, sitting and or standing for long time periods should be avoided, see a doctor and have an ointment prescribed that you can apply to the affected area, an ice pack too may help, do not strain your bowels when in the bathroom and at all costs keep the general area clean to avoid further infection.
The Back Aches
Carrying a child to full term is going to put a strain on your back, your posture will most certainly change along with the overly stretched abdomen muscles and changes in your hormones do not help matters much.
Anything that ordinarily requires back strength should be avoided such as heavy lifting and anything with bending in it. Watch your posture at all times and put pillows beneath your back for support when you go to sleep. Try a massage, and recommended exercises by a medical professional to ease the strain on the muscles. Make sure that your bed is firm and try sleeping on your sides with a pillow supporting your legs.
Out of breath
Breathlessness is common as the pregnancy grows and it becomes an additional weight to carry. While common, nothing much can be done about it and the best option a mother has is to try and slow down the pace of her life and avoid strenuous activities.
Insomnia and inability to sleep
Sometimes it is worry about the coming baby and other times it is about all the other discomforts that come with being pregnant, but this is a problem that plagues many a pregnant woman.
Mothers can try drinking warm fluid before going to bed such as milk, a warm shower shortly before you go to sleep and some strategically placed pillows in a bid to find a more comfortable resting position.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
These are more like a preparation course for the real contractions during labor. They are irregular and your best option to get through them is to try all those breathing exercises you have been practicing in prenatal classes.
The swollen legs and feet plus leg cramps
Most mothers will suffer one or the other during the course of their pregnancy. The growing baby enlarges the uterus which puts pressure on the surrounding blood vessels meant to take blood to the legs. This causes fluid retention which will cause the swollen legs and feet. The added pressure also causes sharp pain to be felt in the legs.
Calcium and sodium high foods are good for you at this time and wear low heeled and comfortable shoes (but not flat shoes, this is to ensure enough support for the back). Exercise, stretching and massage will also do you good and find sleep positions that support your feet. Keep your feet elevated as much as possible when seated. Tight shoes and clothes are out of the question, and eat high protein content as little protein in the body may cause fluid retention.
These are some of the more common non-threatening pregnancy pains and discomforts but are by no means the only ones. Others include stretch marks, nasal congestion, headaches, frequent urination, dizziness, swollen and/or bleeding gums, varicose veins, vaginal discharge, and abdominal pain or discomfort. For those of you who have no appreciation for your mothers, you might want to reconsider that inclination because there is no telling what kind of pain including the threatening kind that they went through while they were carrying you around for nine months.