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Light-Headedness

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:18pm
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Light-headedness can happen when there are changes in the circulatory system. Those pregnancy hormones make the body a little slower at adjusting to changes in position. During the later part of pregnancy, the pressure of an enlarged uterus slows circulation in the legs.

To help prevent light-headedness:

  • Take things slow. Avoid sudden changes in position.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Practice deep breathing. It helps to increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. Parents can do this together. It's very relaxing.
  • Avoid hot environments and keep the space you're in cooler.
  • Try not to skip meals.
  • Move your legs frequently throughout the day, especially when you are sitting.

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Muscle Cramps

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:20pm
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About half of all pregnant women experience leg cramps. There are a few different causes—pressure on the abdominal nerves and blood vessels from weight of uterus, being tired, a calcium or phosphorus imbalance, poor circulation or from pointing your toes. You might also feel muscle cramps in the buttocks or thighs.

These suggestions might help lessen muscle cramps:

  • Try to avoid getting overtired. Rest when you can.
  • Wear low-heeled shoes.
  • Elevate your feet and legs frequently during the day.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Do some calf stretches before you go to bed. Sit with your legs straight. Don't bend your knees. Push your heels away from your body and, at the same time, flex your toes towards your head.
  • Contact your doctor if leg pain continues or you develop any redness, swelling or numbness in the legs.

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Nosebleeds and Nasal Stuffiness

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Posted August 9 2010 03:21pm
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Did you know that the estrogen hormone can cause stuffy noses and nose bleeds during pregnancy? There are things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Try these tips:

  • Avoid overheated air.
  • Limit your use of antihistamine nasal sprays.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Avoid environments where people are smoking.
  • Breathe in the steam from a hot shower or a pot of hot water.
  • Massage your sinuses with your fingertips.
  • Try salt-water nose drops; dissolve ¼ teaspoon salt in 1 cup of water.

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Quickening

by Maxine
Posted August 9 2010 03:23pm
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Quickening is the first time you feel your baby move during your pregnancy. What an exciting moment!

As the baby moves around, the mother can feel it. If you notice movement that feels like bubbling, fluttering or knocking, this is normal.

First time moms will feel their baby move for the first time between the 18th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.

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