Pregnancy: It's Complicated...
B|Winter 2019
We take a look at some common pregnancy niggles and a few (thankfully rare) complications to be aware of
Sally J Hall

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.

Minor problems

Learn how to banish some of the more common pregnancy niggles and enjoy your happy, healthy pregnancy.

CONSTIPATION

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.

CRAMPS

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.

HEADACHES

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.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM BView All

Seasonal weaning

MAKING THE MOST OF THE GORGEOUS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES THAT ARE ABUNDANT AND IN SEASON NOW

2 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Window on THE WOMB

FINDS OUT ABOUT THE NEWEST TYPE OF PREGNANCY TESTING AND WHY IT MIGHT BE SUITABLE FOR YOU.

4 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Natural mover

KEEP YOUR BABY ACTIVE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR TOYS AND PROPS!

4 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Calm colic

HOW TO HELP YOUR LITTLE ONE WHEN THE GRIPES STRIKE

2 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Ask Dr Yiannis

OUR EXPERT, DR YIANNIS IOANNOU, CONSULTANT PAEDIATRICIAN AT THE PORTLAND HOSPITAL, DISCUSSES ALLERGIC CONDITIONS WITH DR HELEN BROUGH, PAEDIATRIC ALLERGIST

4 mins read
B
Spring 2020

A Parent Guide To Sustainable Living

A Parent Guide To Sustainable Living

8 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Meat-Free Mum Days

A Flexitarian Approach To Pregnancy Nutrition

2 mins read
B
Spring 2020

Breastfeeding for DADDIES

FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS, YOUR BABY NEEDS TO GET USED TO THE HARD JOB OF FEEDING, SLEEPING AND FILLING NAPPIES; YOUR ROLE AS DADDY IS TO BE THEIR HERO. HERE’S YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOSE TO ACCEPT IT…

2 mins read
B
Winter 2019

Ask Dr Yiannis

OUR EXPERT, DR YIANNIS IOANNOU, CONSULTANT PAEDIATRICIAN AT THE PORTLAND HOSPITAL, DISCUSSES HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HEALTHY THROUGH THE WINTER

5 mins read
B
Winter 2019

Your Labour Support Team

Who will you choose to be with you on your big day? Your partner, your mother or a best friend? We help you make the best decision for you

3 mins read
B
Winter 2019
RELATED STORIES

Children's Sleep: The Good Night Guide

DR. GARIMA GARG SETH is a pediatrician with a mission to help children learn good sleep habits. Here she explains to us what that means, and how as parents we can provide the best possible environment for children to develop a healthy sleep lifestyle.

7 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
January 2021

Immune-Boosting Winter Salad

Cold weather doesn’t have to mean heavy, dense meals. This light-and-lively salad is proof.

3 mins read
Better Nutrition
December 2020

ARE YOUR “MYSTERY SYMPTOMS” REALLY LYME DISEASE?

If you’re exhausted, have joint or muscle pain that’s migrating throughout your body, memory issues, headaches, and/or suffer from an “atypical” condition—you might have Lyme disease and not know it.

6 mins read
Alternative Medicine
October 2020

KEEP SUMMER SOUND WITH THESE SUPPLEMENTS

After many weeks of staying at home, the effects of stress, inactivity, and indulging in comfort foods may be taking a toll on your health.

5 mins read
Natural Solutions
Summer 2020

Battling Screen Time Overexposure?

This Gummy May Solve The Problem

4 mins read
Alternative Medicine
March/April 2020

Survive & Thrive in a Mad World

We're all Mad here

5 mins read
Transformation Magazine
August 2020

Cooking with Whole Fish

Up your grilling game this summer with this heart-healthy recipe.

5 mins read
Better Nutrition
August 2020

POP QUIZ!

Are Your Protecting Your Eyes From Digital Eye Strain?

3 mins read
Central Florida Health News
August 2020

The Qi of Food

For thousands of years, classical Chinese medicine has used nutrition to treat imbalances. Here, we make the practice’s principles of energetics-based dietary therapy more digestible.

10+ mins read
Yoga Journal
July - August 2020

All Plugged Up?

If you experience the uncomfortable condition of constipation, especially when under stress, try these nutritional and lifestyle strategies

5 mins read
Better Nutrition
June 2020