Just like pregnancy is the most memorable phase in the life of a woman, it is also a time which demands a lot of special care, as it is a time when the body and soul need attention.
Since the expecting mother's body bears another tiny life inside it, utmost care with sensitivity is the order of the day.
For those who are expecting to become mother for the first time and is covering a maiden journey towards bliss, it is important to keep in mind that it is not entirely a rosy phase. There will be issues related to your health and mind but not that serious that you can't overcome them.
Here we list some of the common ailments that are associated with pregnancy and some tips for overcoming them:
This is a common discomfort for all pregnant women and it can happen at any time though the name is morning sickness. Though the exact reason for morning sickness is not known, the possible reasons for it could include increase in the oestrogen level, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar caused by draining of energy) and increase in the level of progesterone hormone.
Though morning sickness is common in pregnancy, don't forget to consult a doctor if it persists beyond the first three months or causes weight loss.
This is another common occurrence in pregnant women. A little stress can make you feel tired. It can also be caused if you have anaemia. Get enough rest during pregnancy. You are not really the one to chase the world at this time.
Since your hormones ride high and come low during pregnancy, you face emotional swings. Take care of your mind during this time. Take help of your loved ones. You can have an ice cream or a chocolate to better your mood, but don't overindulge.
It is always better to have small, frequent meals and not heavy, spicy ones. Don't directly retire to bed after eating. But don't self-prescribe antacids. Talk to a doctor first.
Take complete dental care during this time. Go to your dentist for check-ups. Bleeding of gums is a common occurrence during this time, thanks to a mild form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis. The gums undergo an inflammation during pregnancy partly because of the hormonal changes that make them vulnerable to bacterial inflation.
You can have cramps in the early months of pregnancy. When you have this, gently stretch your leg calf by curling the toes to the upward direction - towards the knee.
This is another common problem during pregnancy. To deal with this, have lots of fluids and fibre-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, etc. Fluids also help in overcoming dehydration, which can also be another reason for cramps. But don't take laxatives without consulting your doctor.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus or the lower rectum. When you have them, don't put much pressure at the time of bowel movements.
Avoid clothing that is too tight on your legs and waist during pregnancy. Also, don't stand for a long stretch, and have a walk around. The more your feet come under pressure, the more you have the chances of varicose veins.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause more fluids to flow quickly through the kidneys, filling up the bladder more often. During pregnancy, the amount of blood in the body increases till it is almost 50 per cent more than the pre-pregnancy stage. This causes extra fluid getting processed and ending up in the bladder. Hence, the urge to urinate. Frequent urination can also be influenced by pressure on your bladder by the growing uterus.