Let us make one very thing clear before we go on. Pregnancy brings changes to your body, and the way your body adapts to these changes differ from woman to woman. Some women do just fine with pregnancy while others suffer common health problems or even be at risk of pregnancy complications.
Many women get more affected with first pregnancies due to hormonal changes and the development of a new life inside of them, but they adapt better with second and third pregnancies and even develop more boldness to handle common issues associated with their pregnancy. It must just be noted that it is better to mention worrying issues to your doctor so as to get help or obtain clarifications.
The following therefore is a list of the common health problems associated with pregnancy:
- Bleeding gums
- Fainting spells or dizziness
- High blood pressure
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Leaking nipples
- Morning sickness and nausea
- Frequent urination
- Pelvis pain
- Piles or haemorrhoids
- Stretch marks
- Swollen feet, fingers, and ankles
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding
- Varicose veins
Get help, get knowledge
Two things stand out if you are worried about changes taking place in your body during pregnancy: it is best to get professional help from a doctor, and you had better learn as much as you about pregnancy, your body and baby, and what you can do to reduce worrying symptoms. The more you know the better off you are in managing disturbing health symptoms associated with your pregnancy. Let’s offer a few help here:
Handling constipation in pregnancy
Constipation and indigestion occur very early in pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes. It soon passes away but until then, here are certain things you can do to manage the situation: eat foods rich in fibre and consume more vegetables and fruits. You must also consume more water or fluids, and exercise regularly to tone up your muscles. Be careful of using laxatives and avoid iron supplements.
Handling cramp in pregnancy
Why some women experience cramp in pregnancy is unclear, but it can be managed. Cramp occurs more in the night, and it creates sharp pains in the feet or calf muscles. Exercising your leg and ankles can help to increase blood circulation to these areas, and it is best to also rub your legs vigorously before you go to bed at nights.
Handling dizziness during pregnancy
People feel faint when there is sudden shortage of oxygen supply to the brain. This can occur when you rise suddenly to your feet or make a sudden turn from a supine position. You can reduce feeling faint during pregnancy by always learning to get up very slowly, especially in the morning, and by sitting or lying down if you feel dizzy.
Managing frequent urination during pregnancy
Most women feel the urge to urinate very frequently during pregnancy, and this is largely associated with the head of the baby pressing against their bladders. Sometimes a woman experiences urine leaking when she sneezes or laughs as a result of weak pelvic floor muscles. What to with incontinence during pregnancy is to late night drinks, while also learning to sit or stand in a way that reduces baby pressure on their bladder.
Managing varicose veins in pregnancy
Varicose veins are leg veins that become swollen with blood and become very visible to the eyes. It makes a woman’s legs to look unsightly, and sometimes it can also show up around the vaginal opening. You can deal with this problem by standing less on your feet, cutting down on weight during pregnancy, placing the legs higher than the body during sleep, and engaging in antenatal exercises to improve blood circulation around the body.