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Morning Sickness

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 03:41pm
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For some women, morning sickness can be the roughest part of pregnancy. About 75% of pregnant woman suffer from nausea and vomiting, with one out of every 10 women living with this past the first trimester. It usually appears early in the pregnancy and lasts about 8 to 12 weeks.

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing nausea and vomiting - hormones, food staying in the stomach for a longer period of time, low blood sugars or sensitivity to odours. Prenatal vitamins that contain iron can make morning sickness worse.

There's good news! There is a lot that you can do to feel better. Try these suggestions:

  • Eat smaller meals more often.
  • Avoid fatty, spicy or fried foods. These can be hard on the stomach. 
  • Try eating foods that are salty, tart, crunchy, bland, sweet or dry.
  • Try eating cold meals. That way, you can avoid strong odours.
  • Drink fluids a half an hour earlier than you plan to eat solid foods.
  • Wear loose clothing around the neck, waist and chest.
  • Use ginger in cooking or try eating crystallized ginger.
  • Drink lemon or ginger tea.
  • Try acupressure bands (motion sickness bands) that stimulate acupressure point six on the wrist.
  • If you have severe nausea and are vomiting or have other symptoms, too—like fever or cramping—contact your doctor.

You can find even more information on morning sickness at Motherisk's website.

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Swelling (Edema)

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:26pm
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During pregnancy, your circulation can slow down and the pressure of her growing uterus can press on major blood vessels in the abdomen. This can cause your legs and feet to swell. This is called edema. As a matter of fact, about 80% of women experience this during pregnancy. Warm weather and prolonged standing or sitting can make the problem worse.

Try some of the following suggestions to help control swelling:

  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Make sure that clothing around your legs and waist is not too tight and restricting.
  • Elevate your feet and legs at least twice a day.
  • Apply cool uncooked cabbage leaves to help relieve discomfort. This may sound odd, but it works.
  • Increase your physical activity. Try walking or swimming.
  • Ask the doctor about using support stockings.

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Pregnancy Discomforts

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 01:02pm
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Being pregnant is an exciting time in your life. But, along with all of the joy and happiness you feel, you might also feel some discomforts or aches and pains. These aches and pains are common – a normal part of a healthy pregnancy. The good news is that there are things you both can do to make you feel more comfortable.

Keep a list of all your discomforts. You should then discuss this list with your healthcare provider. Dads may also notice some of these discomforts and should let you know so these can be added to the list. Don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider between appointments if you are at all concerned about any physical discomforts you are having.

Worried that you might be bothering them or that they are too busy to listen to your issues? Don't worry – they’re used to it. They would rather have too much information than too little.

Pregnancy affects all of the systems in a woman's body. You may notice changes to your cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, respiratory, reproductive and urinary systems. With all of these changes taking place, it's no wonder you feel a few aches and pains!

Below, you will find a list of some of the most common concerns and discomforts expecting moms feel during pregnancy. Keep in mind, every woman's pregnancy is different; you may experience a few or many of these problems. But don't worry; there are steps a couple can take to make you more comfortable.

Remember, most of these aches and pains will disappear once your baby is born.

BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS

BACKACHE

BREAST CHANGES

CONSTIPATION

FATIGUE OR DIFFICULTY SLEEPING

GROIN PAIN

HEADACHE

HEARTBURN

HEMORRHOIDS

INCREASED URINATION (PEEING)  

INCREASED VAGINAL DISCHARGE

LIGHT-HEADEDNESS

NAUSEA AND VOMITING (MORNING SICKNESS)

MUSCLE CRAMPS

NASAL STUFFINESS, NOSEBLEEDS

QUICKENING

SKIN COLOUR CHANGES (CHLOASMA AND LINEA NIGRA)

STRETCH MARKS (STRIAE)

SWELLING (EDEMA)

VARICOSE VEINS

SHORTNESS OF BREATH   

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Varicose Veins

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:27pm
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Some pregnant women develop varicose veins. These can arise with aching or throbbing of the area. Varicose veins (varicosity) can occur in the legs, vulva or rectal area. Sometimes, this can happen as hormones cause the vessel walls to relax and blood pools in these areas. It is also due to heredity.

If you develop varicose veins, try these tips to ease your discomfort:

  • Elevate your legs at least twice a day.
  • Increase your physical activity. For example, try swimming or prenatal yoga or you and your partner can go for a walk.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing, like knee-high stockings.
  • Use a footrest when you're sitting.
  • Talk to your doctor about using support stockings.
  • Use witch hazel compresses to ease your discomfort. You can buy these at the drug store.

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