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Pregnancy Sickness

The Most Common Pregnancy Conditions And How To Treat Them

pregnant woman on the scalesFrom the start of your pregnancy until the baby gets born, your body is adapting in any way it can to feed and take care of the baby in your belly. Because of these changes, you may develop symptoms and conditions early on in your pregnancy, such as nausea and fatigue. Other conditions such as incontinence and pain in your ligaments usually develop later on during the pregnancy. But what are the most common pregnancy conditions and what can you do about them?

The most common conditions and symptoms during pregnancy are nausea, fatigue, dizziness, incontinence, hemorrhoids, pain in your ligaments, heartburn, insomnia, constipation, water retention and leg cramps. In this article we will discuss the most common conditions during pregnancy in further detail and also give you tips on how to treat them.

Nausea

When you’re pregnant you may experience nausea at any time of day. This is usually one of the symptoms of pregnancy. Almost 3 out of every 4 women suffer from this condition or symptom during their pregnancy. Usually nausea will start to disappear at the end of the first trimester. However, there are still women that suffer from nausea throughout their entire pregnancy and may even start to vomit. If you’re completely unable to take in any drink or food, you should contact your medical care provider immediately.

There are several things you can do to decrease the feeling of nausea. First of all, you should eat regularly and preferably lighter meals. Put a few crackers next to your bed, so you can eat them before you wake up in the morning. In some women, ginger can decrease the feeling of nausea. A good way to take in ginger is by drinking ginger tea. Also try to avoid drinking large amounts at a time.

Fatigue

In the first three months of your pregnancy it is possible to feel extremely tired. This feeling of fatigue is being caused by the many changes your body is going through. The feeling of tiredness usually decreases at the end of the first trimester. But it also may start again around the 30th week of your pregnancy. During your second pregnancy you may even feel more fatigued, simply because you already have a child to take care of.

You can deal with fatigue in several ways. First of all, you should be realistic about what you can and cannot do. It is also important to take an adequate amount of rest and even take some naps during the day. Perhaps it is possible to ask your partner or spouse to give you some help with household chores. Try to eat as healthy as possible and avoid sweets and caffeine. The sudden rise in your blood sugar levels will also lead to a fast drop, which may result in feeling even more tired.

Pregnant woman with strong pain of stomach and nauseaDizziness

Dizziness is a symptom many pregnant women suffer from. Early on in your pregnancy dizziness may be caused by a change in your blood circulation. The dizziness can also be caused by low blood pressure, low blood sugar levels or overheating. You’ll probably feel most dizzy the moment you get up.

To counteract dizziness, you should always avoid getting up too fast. It is also recommended to drink enough water, because dizziness can be a sign of dehydration. Try to eat more frequently and avoid eating heavy meals. Also try to avoid that you’re getting to warm and if you feel that you might black out, sit down with your head in between your legs.

Pain in your ligaments

Starting from the fourth month of your pregnancy, you might start to suffer from pain in your ligaments. This may cause a sharp pain on the side of your belly or in your groins. This can be especially painful the moment you get up or move suddenly. The pain will usually decrease the moment you lie down. Don’t confuse this pain with the pain you experience during contractions, because pain during contractions increases and decreases frequently and is also stronger. Because your uterus is ever-expanding, the ties that are attached to your uterus will start to expand. This in turn will cause quite a bit of pain.

You can avoid pain in your ligaments by not walking for longer periods of time. If you have severe pain in your belly, you should always contact your primary health care provider. You may also choose to wear special underwear that is specifically designed to support your belly and decrease pain in your ligaments.

Pregnancy Sickness November 3, 2014
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