“Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.” ~Joyce Armor
There are so many things that can be attributed to pregnancy that to list them all is impossible. Every person is different and every pregnancy is different- even in the same woman each pregnancy can be drastically different.
Here are some tips to deal with some pregnancy symptoms and advice on when to call the doctor. Please use this as a guideline only. Doctor or health care practitioner should be consulted and this advice is not meant to replace that. Doctors are experts in caring for pregnant women; you are an expert in you. No one else can tell you what you are experiencing.
The person who named this played a cruel joke on pregnant women, with the implication that this nausea and vomiting only occurs in the morning. Realistically, it can be all day sickness or evening sickness. Some women never experience any nausea or vomiting, others suffer from relentless hyperemesis requiring intravenous nutrition.
The reality is most pregnant women will experience some nausea and/or vomiting at some time or another. Most women will not require medical intervention for nausea.
If you are experiencing nausea and would like to try some natural methods there are several methods to look at for relief.
- Ginger- ginger has anti-nausea effects. Ginger in almost any form is helpful. Ginger Ale (made with real ginger), candied ginger, and ginger tea are all good ways to try and relieve nausea.
- Eat small amounts of bland food. I had Oyster Crackers everywhere. Letting my stomach get too empty made things much worse for me.
- Sour foods, some women get relief from sucking on sour candy. I was one of them. Lemonheads and sour patch kids were food groups for me.
- Acupressure. Many drug stores carry Sea Bands which put pressure on a point on the wrist which helps alleviate nausea.
Anxiety or Depression
Pregnancy is a very exciting and emotional time. There are so many changes, physical, emotional, hormonal. Emotions are going to be running high. Sometimes they can become problematic or interfere with daily life. If anxiety or depression is interfering in day to day activities it is time to do something about it.
Anxiety and Depression are easier to treat earlier rather than later, moreover, preventing them is even a better bet. Eating right, getting rest, and exercise is a great way to help minimize anxiety and depression.
Another way to minimize and alleviate depressive symptoms and anxiety issues is to take time to care for yourself, this can be reading, taking a hot bath, meeting friends, are some ways to do this. Do what you enjoy.
A women I know enjoyed shopping for things for her baby. She purchased enough diaper sizes to supply her baby for the first year of his or her life. Preparing for her baby made her feel more secure and less anxious about the whole experience.
When pregnant heartburn was one of the things that surprised me the most; I expected it in the later part of my pregnancy however I was surprised that it happened in the first trimester.
There is an old wives tale that suggests that a when a woman experiences heartburn during pregnancy she will have a baby with a lot of hair. Harvard researchers set out to disprove this- interestingly, they ended up finding a positive correlation between heartburn and fetal hair.
Heartburn is usually not a worrisome condition, it is however bothersome.
If trying to treat and prevent heartburn reach for papaya enzyme or papaya instead of something greasy or spicy. Also avoid eating big meals or laying down too soon after eating.
If your heartburn is severe or interfering with sleep talk to your practitioner about other ideas, they will often have great suggestions.
A Pain in the Butt
Sciatic nerve pain is a literal pain in the butt for a lot of pregnant women. It can be annoying or debilitating. The pain is usually limited to one side but it can be on both sides.
The discomfort can range from a tingling feeling to icy pain shooting down the leg. Some people swear by physical therapy to remedy the situation, I find that chiropractic care and massage is often a better option for relief. This condition is certainly uncomfortable, however, it usually not harmful.
I hope this information on pregnancy symptoms is helpful to you and don’t forget to consult with your doctor. Leave a comment with what helped you find relief from your pregnancy symptoms!
Guest post written by Cristobel, a loving grandmother, who resides in London. She has experienced some of the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. She has also learned a lot about green parenting especially green diapers and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with others via the internet.