8 Common Discomforts during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 12, 2018
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  • Pregnancy and worries go hand in hand
  • One of the most common discomforts during pregnancy is fear of miscarriage
  • A very common problem faced by women is leg cramps

Pregnancy is a time for both physical and emotional changes in the body. Everyone is aware of the obvious changes in the body, but there are changes in the body that lead to discomforts. 

Pregnancy and worries go hand in hand. Some women start worrying as soon as they discover their pregnancy. The best way to combat pregnancy worries is to be fully informed about pregnancy. The right information can go long way toward unnecessary worries.

The discomforts that appear during pregnancy are either fleeting or permanent, but most of them disappear in some time. Some discomforts you may face during pregnancy are listed below:

Nausea and Vomiting

During the first three months of pregnancy, 70 percent of pregnant women experience mild to normal levels of nausea. This condition is known as ‘morning sickness’ but some women might experience nausea the whole day. 

Eat small portions of meals at regular intervals and do not be on an empty stomach for long hours during pregnancy. Ensure that you eat high protein snacks to stabilize your metabolism and maintain blood sugar levels.

Also read: All you need to know about the three Stages of Pregnancy

Constipation

Pregnant women usually experience constipation because of an increased level of progesterone which relaxes the muscles in the digestives track. The digested food moves through the intestine slowly resulting in constipation. During pregnancy ensure that you consume high fibre food items. Drink plenty of fluids. Juices high on fibre content will be a good option.

Fatigue

Being pregnant is not all about the happiness of conceiving a child. It saps you of your energy, drops your body glucose levels and creates a sense of perpetual tiredness and fatigue. For a petite woman, conceiving can add on to their woes. Fatigue is a common form of discomfort faced by women predominantly during their first trimester.

Fatigue and insomnia tend to reoccur during the last month of pregnancy as well. A hot shower, a massage or a hot drink will aid you in the rejuvenating and relaxation process.  Remember that only if you take care of yourself can you take care of your baby.

Cramps

A very common problem faced by women is leg cramps. This occurs because you are carrying your weight and your child’s weight puts an added pressure on your knees. Increase your calcium intake not just in your food but also take a calcium supplement to enable your body to cope with physiological changes during pregnancy.

Backache

Lower back pain is a common complaint of pregnant women. This occurs owing to the baby weight which causes a change in the posture. Do not stand in one position for longer durations. Pelvic rock exercise will help you ease the pain as it will strengthen the lower back muscles and removed stress experienced by the back owing to an increases weight on the front of the body.

Fear of Miscarriage

One of the most common worries during pregnancy is fear of miscarriage. It is important to take extra care, in the early stages of pregnancy but there is no need to stress out. One of the common misconceptions about miscarriage is that it occurs only due to things are done by mother. Bad eating habits, lifestyle issues and mismanagement of any underlying illness can lead to miscarriage.  Large number of miscarriages is caused due to foetus abnormalities. So there is no use of worrying about miscarriages just take care of yourself and be happy.

Labour and Delivery

Almost all the pregnant women are worried about painful labour experience. But it is absolutely normal and the best part is that it is temporary and forgotten by women soon after delivery.

Diet during Pregnancy 

Also read: Foods every pregnant woman should eat

A healthy diet is very essential during pregnancy. If you are pregnant then you must be getting various suggestions regarding your eating habits and their effect on your child. But before fixing to any diet plan it is better to consult your gynaecologist. You must avoid junk and deep fried food. Make sure that your diet contains more of fibre, essential vitamins and minerals.

These are common discomforts faced by pregnant women but can be effectively addressed by following the above-mentioned guidelines.

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