Pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life that is supposed to be filled with joy and happiness because of the thought of expecting and actually having a baby grow inside you. Some mothers use this period to get all the TLC’s(tender loving care) from their husbands and of course “cash” not excluded. Yes, I can feel your grin!
Pregnancy comes with its own challenges and discomforts. These discomforts could also be minimized if proper care and appropriate measures are taken. However, certain discomforts cannot be avoided in pregnancy and here are some of them:-
- Morning Sickness:
This has been talked about in evidence of pregnancy, during the first trimester of pregnancy, some women experience nausea. They may or may not experience vomiting alongside. It is usually managed with rest. However, if symptom becomes extreme, please report to your doctor.
It occurs mostly during the first trimester. It is kind of normal to feel tired because your body is doing a lot of adjustments. Performing your usual activities of daily living may be very tiring. So you need as much rest as you can get for the adjustment process to be successful. It definitely gets better. As pregnancy advances, you become more energetic.
- Frequent Urination:
Yes! You will run to the bathroom more frequently because of increased blood flow to your kidney, causing increased urine production. Also, as your uterus expands, it exerts pressure on your bladder, producing more urge to urinate even though the quantity of urine may be relatively little. The bathroom is sure gonna be your friend for a while.
- Food Cravings:
During pregnancy, a woman may have a strong desire for certain food and also detest some other food that she normally enjoys. It is more of emotional acting.
- Heart Burn:
Some women experience heartburn during pregnancy. This is probably as a result of pressure from the uterus on the digestive organs, causing pain in the lower part of the chest. It does not mean you have a heart problem
- Muscle Cramps:
Cramps in the leg may occur during pregnancy as a result of reduced circulation of blood in the leg. Massaging the muscles that cramps would bring relief. Also, the abdominal cramps can be common among pregnant women (the feeling you usually have below your abdomen during your menstrual period). It is not really a serious problem unless it becomes intense, then it should be reported to the doctor.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. During pregnancy, enlargement of the vein the anal region is more common because the pressure of the uterus on the veins intensifies with the return of blood from the legs and the lower parts of the body. It is advised to avoid straining at stool during pregnancy. A small amount of oil or petroleum jelly inside the anus before a bowel movement will make it easier for stool to pass and reduce the danger of hemorrhoids or relieve discomfort if you are already experiencing it.
- Varicose Veins:
Varicose veins are swollen and twisting veins, often associated with faulty valves in the vein. Varicose veins may occur for the same reason hemorrhoids occur during pregnancy. Not all women experience varicose veins during pregnancy. Resting with an elevation of the feet helps. Also crossing your legs when seated may not be helpful as it could restrict proper blood flow. In very serious cases, elastic stockings may be beneficial but consult your doctor first before using elastic stockings.
Most women complain of a backache during pregnancy. It is very common in pregnancy because of postural changes that occur. However, it can be managed by performing certain exercises prescribed by your physiotherapist. Low-heeled shoes are also advised, as high-heeled shoes can put a strain on your back muscles. Hip joint pain can also occur in pregnant women, especially early in the mornings or after rest. It is best managed by walking and performing your activities of daily living.
- Vaginal Discharge:
The vagina prepares itself for childbirth. The gland located in the vagina and cervix becomes more active. So it is common for mucus discharge to come from the vagina as long as it is not foul smelling and itching. report to your doctor if you feel the discharge is uncomfortable.
If you feel any of these discomforts, no need to panic. It is likely pregnancy induced. However, report to your doctor if symptoms are severe.