Pregnancy is an interesting phase in a woman’s life. It is full of awe not only for her but also to the loved ones around her. Seeing the changes taking place in her body including her likes and preferences is fascinating.
Having said that, it is never easy for the expectant mom as she goes through a ton of hormonal and body changes. Every trimester may display different challenges. Here is how you can sail through the most common conditions in every trimester.
#1. Nausea mainly accompanied by vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are mainly brought about by hormonal changes taking place in your body. Basically a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin(HCG) is produced by the body when the zygote attaches to the uterus. It helps in sustaining the new pregnancy until the placenta can be fully formed to take over in feeding the developing baby. In actual sense, morning sickness more often than not signifies a successful pregnancy.
To reduce these symptoms eat small amounts of your meal but more frequently. For instance, instead of eating three large meals have six smaller ones. You can also try using ginger and chamomile in your tea or better still do a peppermint aromatherapy.
This is a common symptom especially during the early days of your pregnancy. It is also mainly caused by changes in hormones and especially an increase in progesterone production.
Get as much rest and sleep as you can. Allow your body to just relax during this period. Before going to bed, you can try doing some relaxing activities like reading or enjoying a cup of herbal tea to set pace for a good night rest.
When To See your Doctor
If you have not eaten anything for 24 hours, then this is a clear sign that you should see your doctor. Also, if your nausea and vomiting is getting worse with time or you notice blood in the vomit, then do not hesitate to seek immediate medical attention.
At the same time, if your fatigue is constant and doesn’t seem to get better with rest, then it is good to see your doctor. In case there are underlying health issues, they will be controlled and treated in good time hence ensuring good health for you and the developing baby.
So far so good and you are almost halfway now. In this trimester, most expectant women experience constipation. Hormones seem to play so many roles in our bodies as women and as you can guess it, this is no different. During pregnancy, progesterone hormone which plays a major role is produced in plenty. The hormone is thought to slower intestinal contractions hence slowing down your bowel movement. This eventually leads to constipation.
The most simple and effective way to combat constipation is to drink lots of water. Consider taking 2 liters of water on a daily basis. In addition, incorporate foods that help in keeping you hydrated and gives you enough fiber content in your diet. For instance, watermelons and cucumbers are very good in keeping the body hydrated. On the other hand, green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole grain bread, oranges, bananas and mangoes among others will give you sufficient fiber content in your body.
#2. Round Ligament Pain
Have you heard of round ligaments before? These are rope-like connective tissue bands on each side that hold the uterus in place as the pregnancy continues to grow. This means that the ligaments stretch as your baby bump gets bigger and this could cause sharp stabbing pain commonly known as round ligament pain.
Although this pain is experienced while exercising, it is best dealt with by doing gentle stretches. For instance you can try bending and flexing your hips regularly during the day. Also, avoid sudden and rapid movements. If you feel like laughing, coughing, or sneezing, lean forward first and support your baby bump with your hands to reduce round ligament pain.
When To See your Doctor
If your constipation or round ligament pain is getting worse despite trying some of the discussed remedies, urgently seek medical attention.
You have now come a long way and you are almost done. The most common challenge at this stage is heartburn. Once again this is due to increased production of progesterone hormone which relaxes the digestive system. This relaxation combined with the pressure exerted by the growing baby bump allows acid from the stomach to flow back to the esophagus leading to heartburn.
Just like when dealing with nausea and vomiting, try taking smaller meals but more frequently throughout the day. After eating, avoid lying down immediately and allow at least one hour for the food to get digested. Also take lots of water to dilute the stomach acids.
#2. Braxton Hicks Contractions
Now, if you start experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions it is a clear sign that you are nearing the end of your pregnancy journey. The uterus is prepping for labor hence the painless contractions. There is nothing to worry about if you experience this.
Although these contractions are painless, it is good to keep well hydrated to prevent excessive contractions.
When To See your Doctor
If your heartburn gets out of hand and is accompanied with nausea and vomiting, it is time to seek help from your health provider. Also, if you experience more than four Braxton Hick contractions in an hour before you get to 37 weeks, visit your doctor for a closer checkup.
Well, that’s it and here at Zuri’s Baby Corner we wish you a smooth and enjoyable pregnancy full of numerous pleasant moments.