Every pregnancy is different, and discomfort symptoms vary from woman to woman. The following are some common discomforts:
Nausea and vomiting – are very common in early pregnancy. Here are a few tips to help you cope with them. Read more
Fatigue –As the body works overtime to provide a nourishing environment for the fetus, it is expected for you feel more tired. Make sure you listen to your body and take breaks when you need them and have a good night’s sleep. It is important to rule out underlying causes like anemia.
Heartburn and indigestion- is caused by pressure on the intestines and stomach. It can be prevented or reduced by eating smaller meals throughout the day and by avoiding lying down shortly after eating.
Swelling or fluid retention – Mild swelling is common during pregnancy, but severe swelling that lasts may be a sign of preeclampsia (abnormal condition marked by high blood pressure). Lying on the left side, elevating the legs, and wearing support hose and comfortable shoes may help to relieve the swelling. Be sure to notify your healthcare provider or midwife about sudden swelling, especially in the hands or face, or rapid weight gain.
Hemorrhoids – hemorrhoids are common in late pregnancy. Avoiding constipation and straining may help to prevent hemorrhoids. Always check with your healthcare provider or midwife before using any medicine to treat this condition.