Perhaps the most wonderful thing about being a woman is being a source of new life.It is no light matter to introduce new life into the world, and every mother to-be wants to understand that role,her new responsibility.understanding lessens anxiety and increases the enjoyment of the wonderful experience of motherhood. Knowing what is happening inside you during pregnancy can help you enjoy good health and ensure the birth of a healthy baby.
When you stop to consider what vast changes are taking place inside your body during pregnancy. It is not surprising that a few unpleasant side-effects may accompany it. If you are one of those who sail easily during pregnancy, you are very fortunate. Some discomforts may be experienced by the expectant mother- annoying little ailments which can be a source of great anxiety unless they are understood to be quite normal. And knowing how to cope with these troublesome things can save you much unnecessary discomfort and worry.
Morning Sickness Is very common, especially during the first 3-4 months of pregnancy, after which it usually wears off. The best way to reduce its effects is to take a drink and something to eat (such as biscuit) before getting out bed in the morning.
And keep clear of fatty foods-take a light, simple diet for a while.if, however, you vomit a great deal all the time; do ask your doctor’s advice as soon as possible. He may be able to give medicine to deal with the problem, or, if it is really bad case, will make further investigations to find out the cause of the trouble.
(acid stomach) occurs mainly in the later months of pregnancy. It can often be cured by avoiding fatty and spicy foods. If it proves troublesome when you lie down at night, sleep propped up with extra pillows. Again, simple medicines are available from your doctor for persistent cases.
This often occurs when there is not enough roughage or fiber in the diet. Eating more fruit, cereals and green vegetables helps to combat this. Drinking a little more will help too. But if the trouble is persistent consult your doctor who will prescribe a mild laxative. Repeated constipation during pregnancy is bad as sometimes is the cause of piles (hemorrhoids).
Piles: can be caused not only by constipation but also by pressure exerted on the pelvic veins by the growing baby who is demanding more space. Even if this is the cause, the condition is made worse by constipation-so again a mild laxative may be necessary to ensure regular bowel movement. Discomfort can be reduced by bathing the piles in clean warm water.
Varicose veins: Occurs in the legs are also caused by unaccustomed pressure. Rest with the legs up as much as possible. In extreme cases the doctor will advise elastic stockings.
Cramp: Is yet another disorder often caused by increased pressure(especially towards the end of pregnancy) but sometimes by a shortage of calcium in the body in which case you should try to take more calcium foods, such as milk, cheese, and eggs. Cramp often grips the back of the thigh or the calf and is made worse by long period of standing or by walking akwardly.pain can be eased by bending the foot upwards and rubbing the part of the leg affected.(massaging the legs with warm olive oil before bed sometimes helps.)And when lying down, try having the feet raised on pillows, so that the legs are above the level of the body. Excessive cramps, however, which is not helped by extra rest needs medical advice.
Swollen Ankles: Are very common, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. If you suffer from this, it is worth mentioning to the doctor as, very occasionally, it can be the first sign of a more serious condition-and the sooner it is dealt with the better. In the great majority of cases however, it is one of the normal hazards of pregnancy. Swelling is made worse by long periods of standing or sitting, and is best relieved by rest with the feet raised.
Feeling faint or dizzy
Is frequent in both early stages, the unaccustomed flow of blood to the developing baby sometimes leaves less than normal blood to be pumped to the brain. The feeling of dizziness occurs most often when you move quickly from one position to another-getting out of bed, moving from a bent to an upright position: so take movements slowly. In later months, standing for long time may cause the same symptoms as the blood collects in the lower part of the body, again leaving less than usual to reach the brain. So don’t stand for too long. If it is unavoidable, be sure to move the legs about in some way to encourage a more normal circulation of blood.
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Palpitations: (being very aware of your own heart-beat) is nothing to worry about. In fact they are almost sure proof that your heart is normal and strong. They are caused most often by anxiety. A relaxed, confident mother-to-be rarely suffers from them, so the best cure for someone who does is to find out the cause of anxiety and to tackle that first. The palpitations will cure themselves.
Breathlessness: is to be expected during pregnancy at times when you have extra exertion. It is largely accounted for by the added weight your body has to cope with. Even in normal circumstances a fatter person become breathless more easily than a slim, agile one- and a mother-to-be is far from slim and agile. Breathlessness like palpitations may also be due to anxiety so the best treatment is to talk over the problems or worries at the root of the trouble with some member of the clinic staff- or your doctor.
Difficulty in sleeping: especially in the last stages of pregnancy, is sometimes due to anxiety about the approaching birth, but more usually it is from the general discomfort of a by now very weighty baby. It is often the case, too, that as soon as the mother is lying still, the baby decides to take some excercise, making sleep even less possible. If you have constant difficulty in sleeping during these last weeks, your doctor may prescribe something to help. You need to be well-rested, fit, and relaxed in preparation for the birth. But only take sleeping pills if prescribed by your doctor: only he knows the particular kind of drugs that you need which will do no harm.
Vaginal Discharge: of the normal clear kind usually increases during pregnancy. Any other discharge of white or yellow color causing irritation should be reported to the doctor. They are usually caused by micro infections which have no connection whatsoever with the baby and are very easily be cured.