Nausea and vomiting. Commonly known as the morning sickness, nausea and vomiting usually start before the 9th week of pregnancy. Majority of women experience these symptoms for 16 weeks of pregnancy, while others may even have some sickness until their last week of pregnancy. In order to cope with this, eat small frequent meals and avoid spicy and fatty foods. A diet which is high in protein and complex carbohydrates, along with green and leafy vegetables, may help lessen the severity of nausea. Lastly, go to bed earlier and avoid stress for this will only aggravate the sickness. Acupuncture also helps tremendously for morning sickness or general nausea.
Body pains. Also called as implantation pain, this cramping feeling happens when the embryo is setting in the uterine lining. The pressure caused by the baby’s head, increased weight, and loosening joints may cause abdominal pains, tingling and numbness around the ribs, lower back aches, and even leg or foot cramps.
To reduce backaches, exercise regularly. A light exercise like a nice stroll or a quick dip in the pool can energize your body and help you cope with sore spots. Finding a seat with good support can also help.
Another way is to eat in moderation and try to keep weight gain within the recommended range which is 25 to 30 pounds, so as to lessen the pressure on your lower body. For leg cramps, a gentle massage or light stretching with toes flexed can help rest the muscle.
Constipation. Due to the physiological changes associated with the growing baby, such as the increased pressure of your uterus on your rectum, constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. Eat foods that are high in fiber such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain cereals, breads, and brown rice. Also, make sure to drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day, or add up a glass of prune juice to complete your daily dose of fiber.
Fatigue. As the body tends to work overtime to provide a nourishing environment for the fetus, pregnant women may often feel tired. For you to regain enough strength needed for the entire pregnancy period, make sure to complete eight hours of sleep everyday and take short naps.
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