The body undergo many changes during pregnancy that may worry pregnant women physically and mentally. In this article let us know what are 10 such changes that you will notice during pregnancy and how to take care of them.
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Expect to gain anywhere from 25-35 pounds (10-15 kgs) during pregnancy, as your body needs to support the growth of your baby. Your body needs to support its development, and so weight gain during pregnancy is normal. Sometime a women may eat excessive thinking she has to eat for two. This is misconception. Eating a healthy and balanced diet, and getting regular exercise or walking, can help you maintain a healthy weight.
As your body works to support your growing baby, you may feel more tired than usual. As the pregnancy progresses, the body gets bulky and hence you get tired even after doing small work. To cope with fatigue, try to get plenty of rest and sleep, and avoid over-scheduling yourself. Take rest in between of work.
Nausea and vomiting
Morning sickness, a common symptom of early pregnancy, can make you vomit often during first three months of pregnancy primarily. To cope with nausea and vomiting, try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day, avoid foods and smells that trigger your symptoms, and speak to your healthcare provider about medication options. Do not leave bed without eating something like dry fruits or biscuits in the morning. Avoid early morning visit to kitchens so as to avoid morning odours from kitchen.
As your belly grows, the added weight can put strain on your lower back. To cope with back pain, try exercises to strengthen your core and back muscles, and use a pregnancy pillow to support your back while sleeping. There also comes maternity belts that helps to support your baby bump and reduce bain pains.
Your body retains more fluids during pregnancy, which can cause swelling in your hands, feet, and face. To cope with swelling, try to elevate your feet when you can, avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods, and avoid tight clothing and footwear. Drink plenty of water, keep yourself hydrated.
Hormonal changes and the growing uterus can cause stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, causing heartburn.This is due to acid reflux. To cope with heartburn, try eating smaller, more frequent meals, avoid foods that trigger your symptoms. Avoid eating too much spicy, oily and stale food. Better stick to home cooked food with less oil and spices. Eat fresh.
Hormonal changes and the growing uterus can slow down bowel movements, making it difficult to pass stool. To cope with constipation, try to eat a high-fibre diet, drink plenty of water, and get regular exercise and walking. Its better to drink warm water always during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes can affect your mood, making you feel more emotional than usual.Your brain efficiency is reduced and you tend to forget things, pick up fights and arguments. To cope with mood swings, try to talk to friends and family for support, practice self-care. You should keep yourself engaged. You may watch comedy TV shows and read interesting books.
Pregnancy can cause darkening of the skin, stretch marks, and acne. To cope with skin changes, try to keep your skin clean and moisturised, and avoid using harsh skincare products. Make sure that skin care products you are using are pregnancy safe. Minimal use of skin and beauty care products is advised during pregnancy.
Pregnancy can make it difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep, due to physical discomfort, anxiety about the wellbeing of baby and delivery. To cope with insomnia, try to establish a regular sleep routine, avoid stimulating activities and electronic devices before bedtime, and try relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
We hope you found this article helpful, and we wish you all the best in your pregnancy journey. Thank you for reading.
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