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Fatigue or Difficulty Sleeping in Pregnancy

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Posted July 7 2010 12:11pm
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Fatigue or difficulty sleeping during pregnancy is quite common for a number of reasons. Early on, your body is experiencing numerous system changes. These changes require a great deal of energy and can therefore affect normal sleeping patterns. As pregnancy continues, the growth and development of the baby puts more demands on you, thus causing fatigue.

By the end of pregnancy, there can be many things that keep you from getting a restful night's sleep. The physical size of your belly, heartburn, pressure on the bladder, which makes you have to pee, as well as the baby moving around are a few common reasons.

Fatigue is a sign that the body needs more rest. So how can you solve this problem? Know what can and can't be done in a day and take time out to rest. Eating smaller meals several times a day and trying a few relaxation activities (like a relaxation exercise or a warm bath) may also help you sleep better.

Find our more about Sleep and Pregnancy.  

 


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Red Flags - Pregnancy Warning Signs

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Posted August 4 2010 05:28pm
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Pregnancy can bring some common aches and pains, and it is important for both you and baby to stay healthy during pregnancy. If you are having any discomforts, you may not know when it’s necessary to call the doctor or midwife. How do you know if you should go to an emergency room?

You should go to the hospital immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A gush or seeping of fluid from your birth canal (vagina). Go even if you think the seepage might just be urine. It’s important to get checked.
  • Bleeding or clots from your vagina
  • Cramps or stomach pains that do not go away
  • Pain in your lower back or a feeling of pressure in your lower back
  • Pressure in your bottom (perineum) as if the baby were pushing down
  • A severe or constant headache
  • Blurry vision or changes to your vision
  • Dizziness that does not go after you change position
  • Sudden, severe or constant nausea and vomiting ( more than twice in one day)
  • Baby is not moving or is not moving as much
  • A fever of more than 38.3 C or 101F
  • A fall, particularly if you landed on your belly or experienced any loss of consciousness
  • A type of motor vehicle accident where your seatbelt was activated even if you do not feel bruised

You should call your doctor or midwife if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Any soreness or itchiness of the vagina
  • Any vaginal discharge with a foul odour
  • Any soreness or redness in your legs
  • Pain or burning on urination
  • Any signs of increased thirst, peeing (urination), hunger or weight loss

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