Many women sail through pregnancy with few set-backs, though most of us are prone to the more common pregnancy niggles such as morning sickness and swollen ankles. However, with so many strains on your body and the sheer work involved with growing a tiny human, it’s no wonder that a few problems turn up. We discuss some of the most common pregnancy complications and show you how to cope with them - and discuss a few more serious matters too.
Learn how to banish some of the more common pregnancy niggles and enjoy your happy, healthy pregnancy.
Caused by changes in your hormones, you may find that it becomes more difficult to go to the loo. This usually happens in early pregnancy. SOLUTION To counteract this, make sure you are eating plenty of foods high in fibre, such as fruit and vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals plus pulses. Drinking plenty of water is indicated as well and you should avoid taking iron supplements, which can make constipation worse. You should also exercise regularly.
Many women get cramps in their legs and feet during pregnancy and it’s not really known why this happens. It usually strikes at night and can leave you hopping around the bedroom in agony.
SOLUTION To counteract it, pull your toes up and stretch the leg in the opposite direction to where the cramped muscles are and rub them vigorously. You may need to get your partner to help!
FAINTING/LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
If you aren’t getting enough blood and oxygen to the head, you can feel faint and may even pass out. This can be dangerous if you fall badly, so if you find yourself feeling light-headed, try to clench your leg and arm muscles (to get the blood flowing to the head) and sit or lie down. This affects some women but not others and can be quite worrying. It shouldn’t indicate a serious problem but if it happens a lot, you should see your doctor or midwife.
SOLUTION Do not lie flat on your back after 28 weeks of pregnancy – it can lead to a higher risk of stillbirth. Instead, lay on your left side with the support of a good pregnancy pillow.
Whilst some women breeze through pregnancy without so much as a twinge in the head, others are prone to more headaches than usual. They tend to happen more in early pregnancy and should get better by the time you reach your second trimester. It’s doubly annoying, as there are fewer over-the-counter remedies that you can take for headaches during pregnancy.
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