Pregnancy is literally carrying another human being inside you. Your hormones are all over the place and your body goes through a lot of changes. It is a memorable and momentous journey with the privilege of raising your part within you, being on cloud nine with all attention on your well being, good eating habits, and sound sleep.
What could possibly be common discomforts in pregnancy?
- Morning Sickness
- Lack of energy, fatigue
- Frequent urination
- Bloating and Gas
When you minus all the good feelings, you will be left with a number of challenges that come along with the beautiful gift. Like a famous saying, ‘No Gain without Pain’, the same applies to pregnancy.
Discomforts to know in Pregnancy
There is nothing to worry about the discomforts of pregnancy, it is quite common with all women. You just need to be careful with your eating habits and take rest whenever possible. Let’s look into the discomforts which are common in pregnancy. These discomforts are important things to consider when having a kid.
The most common discomfort that women witness during the first three months of pregnancy is morning sickness. Women feel discomforts like nausea, bloating, vomiting, uneasiness, and indigestion at any time of the day.
Though it’s a common symptom to identify pregnancy, yet an excess of vomiting and indigestion should be informed to your doctor. Staying hydrated is essential.
The extra weight that you gain during pregnancy strains your lower back to cause sore and stiff muscles resulting in acute backache. It is always suggested to bend on your knees rather than relying on your back muscles.
Constipation and Gas
The vitamin supplements that you take causes bloating. Constipation is a major problem during the latter part of pregnancy as the pregnancy hormones and growing size of the uterus causes indigestion. They are always a feeling of being either too full or too hungry.
Breasts start getting fuller, heavier and it may also seem swollen from the beginning of your pregnancy. It grows due to pregnancy hormones and the growth of fat and milk glands in them. Colostrum is clear sticky a liquid that comes out of your breast during the last trimester.
The areola is the dark area around the nipple, even that starts getting bigger and darker. Your nipples stick out most of the time and your old innerwear needs to be replaced.
Hemorrhoids are mainly caused by extra blood In the pelvic area and the growing size of the uterus. Constipation makes it worse. Drinking plenty of water and eating a fiber-rich meal could be helpful. It is also suggested to avoid sitting for long hours to avoid hemorrhoids.
Your baby grows and puts pressure in the bladder. You need to pee several times in a day, and urine may leak even when you sneeze, laugh, exercise, or move. You cannot avoid fluids as it is important during pregnancy so cope with the habit of running to the washroom often.
Do not hold the urine and rush to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to urinate as it can lead to urinary tract infection. This is very common in the 10th Week of Pregnancy.
Lochia is a clear, white, sticky vaginal discharge which is common and normal while pregnancy. It indicated that your baby is growing well. You need to call your health care provider if it smells bad or the color changes as it indicated some problem. The vaginal discharge causes discomfort as you need to change your undergarment frequently.
Leg cramps in your calves or lower legs are very common during the second trimester. You may wake up in the middle of your sleep in deep acute pain due to cramps. Eat food that’s rich in magnesium and drink plenty of water to avoid this frequently.
Fatigue and Sleep Problems
You get tired very often due to the growing body fat and hormonal changes in your body. It is very natural to face sleep problems caused by your growing body which makes it uncomfortable for you to lie down. Frequent urination also disrupts your sleep. Stress from work and a bit of household work can make you really tired.
This is not a physical discomfort but when your face starts getting too oily due to pregnancy hormones and starts showing sticky oil on your face, then it may bother you. You can control your hair from getting too oily or apply a mild moisturizer to avoid the oily look but again it created discomfort when you look at yourself in the mirror.
Your body may experience some swelling in the face, hands, feet due to the increase of water in your body. This condition is called Edema, and your shoes and sandals need to be changed due to the swell. This condition gets worse in the summer months.
Heartburn and Indigestion
Heartburn causes a feeling of burning in the throat and chest and indigestion causes bloat and gassy feeling. You have to avoid fried food and there are certain food items that cause discomfort and develop mucus in your poop.
Your body gets vulnerable to a stomach infection and sleep problems. It is best to avoid overeating and also keeping an empty stomach.
Pregnancy bleeding and swollen gums
You may notice frequent bleeding from the nose and gums. It is caused due to pregnancy hormones, your teeth start getting weak and the gums swell.
You gain 15 to 20 kilograms through your pregnancy which leads to the tremendous expansion of muscles and skin. There will be stretch marks in your tummy which may stay forever if you don’t treat it beforehand. It gets irritating to see the scars in your skin but again it’s unavoidable.
You may find it difficult to breathe even when you are still getting adequate oxygen. You need to slow down on your activity to avoid discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Discomfort in Pregnancy
1. What food should be avoided to get stay away from heartburn and indigestion?
Meat, fish, poultry, unpasteurized dairy products, and juices should be avoided. Raw sprouts and cheese also hamper pregnancy.
2. Is bleeding normal?
Any form of bleeding should be informed to your health care provider. It is alarming to unnecessarily bleed during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters.
3. Is consuming prenatal vitamins important?
Folic acid, iron, and calcium are mandatory to be taken. It is for the growth of the fetus. You should keep a reminder to take it on time.
4. Should I exercise?
Absolutely safe if your pregnancy is normal. But again strenuous workouts should be avoided. Walking, swimming and yoga are recommended.
5. Is drinking safe?
There is no amount that is declared to be safe for drinking in pregnancy. Many doctors recommend you to stay away from alcohol, while others give you a green signal to have it once in a while. Alcohol might increase the chances of stillbirth.
Common discomforts in Pregnancy causes no harm to you or your baby. But any form of doubt and unusual symptoms should be informed and discussed with your gynecologist.
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