Pregnancy is a unique time in a woman’s life that is often full of joy, happiness… and discomfort. In fact, it’s normal for women to experience aches and pains during each trimester. It’s important to keep in mind that each pregnancy is unique and symptoms that occur during one pregnancy may not occur in another.
What are the common discomforts of pregnancy?
Common discomforts of pregnancy include:
- Nausea and vomiting
Nearly half of all pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting in the first trimester. To alleviate morning nausea and vomiting, try eating saltine crackers before getting out of bed and eating smaller meals throughout the day.
Fatigue is common during the first trimester as the woman’s body adjusts to the pregnancy. Sometimes anemia is the underlying cause of fatigue. Be sure to talk to your prenatal care physician if you’re experiencing chronic fatigue.
Hemorrhoids are common in the third trimester as a result of increased blood volume and excess pressure on the rectum and perineum. To lower your risk of hemorrhoids be sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods and stay hydrated. It may also help to avoid both straining while using the toilet and sitting for prolonged periods of time.
- Varicose veins
Bulging, ropy veins are common in the legs in late pregnancy as a result of increased blood volume (and therefore pressure) on the leg and pelvic veins. To lower your risk for varicose veins, try elevating your legs periodically to improve circulation.
- Heartburn and indigestion
Excess pressure on the intestines and stomach can push stomach contents back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn or indigestion. This discomfort can be prevented or reduced by eating smaller meals throughout the day and staying upright for at least 30 minutes after each meal.
- Swelling or fluid retention
Mild swelling is common during pregnancy, however severe or persistent swelling may be a sign of preeclampsia. Be sure to notify your prenatal care physician right away if you experience sudden swelling, especially in the hands or face. To alleviate mild swelling be sure to rest with your feet elevated throughout the day.
If you’d like to learn more about the common discomforts of pregnancy and how to alleviate them, call Adriatica Women’s Health at 972-542-8884. We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of obstetrics care.