Common conditions of pregnancy and how to ease them
Pregnancy is a miraculous process – that doesn’t mean it’s always pleasant. As your body undergoes immense changes to accommodate your growing baby, you’re likely to experience several common conditions.
From nausea to fatigue, pelvic pain to mood swings, these pregnancy conditions can dampen your enthusiasm about the whole experience. Yet, easing pregnancy conditions often means following some tried and tested tips.
We’re sharing the best advice available for easing pregnancy conditions. Here’s everything you need to know…
Tips for easing pregnancy nausea
Morning sickness is a common condition for many pregnant women. Believed to be caused by the cocktail of hormones flooding your system, it can make the first few months of pregnancy miserable.
You’ll want to ensure you’re drinking plenty of fluids to replace anything you bring up. (We know; it can be quite a challenge.)
Best of all, increase your protein intake – it’s well-known to ease morning sickness, eating little and often. Try not to have an empty stomach as this increases the acidity and nausea.
Another potential remedy such as ginger has been proven to cause more problems and anecdotal evidence shows it doesn’t work. Just makes vomiting more acidic and unpleasant. Eating little and often (carbs are good too) and not getting up too quickly can help. If you have severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), speak to your GP or Midwife about potential treatments.
What to do about feeling tired
Tiredness in pregnancy: it’s a little reminder of what’s to come. You’ll typically find the first and third trimesters the most exhausting; the second trimester is known as the “honeymoon”.
You’ll find you want to curl up into a ball and sleep and sleep and sleep.
A potential cause is a drop in your iron levels. Because pregnancy involves a spike in blood production, you’ll need additional iron to produce the haemoglobin in your red blood cells to carry oxygen to your baby. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), you only need iron supplements if you’re anaemic, at risk of becoming anaemic, or you’re carrying twins.
Nevertheless, most prenatal vitamins contain additional iron; you can also eat iron-rich foods like red meat, fish, dark green vegetables, poultry, and prune juice.
How to ease pelvic pain
Pelvic pain – or, to give it its proper name, pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) – is a common condition. It can become more prominent as the pregnancy progresses, ranging from a few twinges to potentially affecting your mobility. The hormone Relaxin that is produced during pregnancy acts on the ligaments within the pelvis. Also the increasing stress on your pelvic region’s joints, muscles, and organs can add to the discomfort.
You can ease the pain by doing strengthening exercises for your pelvic floor, stomach, and hip muscles. And going for a few sessions of physiotherapy is also beneficial. If it doesn’t subside, speak to your midwife about methods of pain relief.
Tips for improving mood during pregnancy
Going from anger to joy to weeping is more than an emotional rollercoaster – it’s like being launched into space.
While some emotions are genuine, others are your hormones going wild. There’s plenty you can do to help:
- Sleep. During sleep, our minds process all the day’s memories and emotions. It’s vital for your mood.
- Speak. Talking to your loved ones is key – explain what you’re going through, and help them to understand what you’re feeling.
- Exercise. It’s a fantastic mood booster and stress reliever.
Easing pregnancy conditions isn’t always simple – but with the tips above, you help manage the tumultuous experience.
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