How to Ease Pregnancy Discomforts

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 | Articles, Pregnancy Symptoms, Treating Morning Sickness Category | | Print This Article

Pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable. Your body is going through serious adjustments in fairly rapid order. Your feet swell, your veins bulge, your hormones rage, and your ligaments are stretching, not to mention the obvious growth of your baby inside your abdomen. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to ease the discomforts of pregnancy.

  • One of the biggest discomforts of pregnancy is the need to constantly urinate. To help relieve the pressure that your growing baby is putting on your bladder, one thing that you can do is to be sure to urinate as soon as you have the slightest desire so that it won’t build up.
  • Some women who become pregnant find that their skin becomes unusually dry and itchy. To relieve itchy skin, try using moisturizer after bathing. You should also avoid harsher types of soaps that can take away your skin’s natural oils.
  • If your legs or feet are swelling due to retention of fluid, try switching your positions between standing and sitting on a regular basis. Avoid crossing your legs, and feel free to remove jewelry. If you need to, wear your wedding ring on a necklace.
  • For fatigue, which is most common in the first and third trimesters, try to get enough rest. Avoid sugar and caffeine which can both cause crashes.
  • For leg cramps, use gentle massage. You can also stretch your legs to help them relax. This is especially effective before bed.
  • If you have backache, watch your posture. Be certain that you are standing up straight. When you are sitting down, try to elevate your feet if possible. A small pillow may help to support the lumbar (small of your back).
  • For morning sickness, there are a variety of remedies. Consider ginger or peppermint teas to calm your stomach. Avoid foods high in fat, and make sure to keep hydrated.
  • To relieve breast tenderness and swelling, try to use a bra that is supportive but comfortable. Try to use one without an underwire.

While there is no magical solution to all of the discomforts of pregnancy, sometimes these simple tips and tricks might help you to make it through just a little more comfortable.

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