Most of the common complaints that occur during pregnancy are not serious and are a result of the normal changes in the body that take place as the pregnancy progresses. Some problems are caused by change in the level of sex hormones in the mother, others by the weight and pressure of the developing fetus on the organs around the uterus. Although many pregnant women experience some or all of these complaints, others have only a few problems, and some feel even healthier than usual.
Some symptoms that occur in pregnancy are due to the hormonal changes taking place in the body. they often develop early and may include:
Â· Breast tenderness.
Â· Nausea, often with vomiting.
Â· Skin changes, such as increased pigmentation and dry skin.
The weight and pressure of the growing fetus and surrounding fluid may also cause symptoms. These usually develop later in pregnancy than those due to hormonal changes and may include:
Â· An increased urge to urinate.
Â· Increased constipation, which sometimes leads to hemorrhoids.
Â· Swollen ankles.
Â· Varicose veins.
Â· Stretch marks.
Â· Shortness of breath.
Â· Difficulty sleeping due to discomfort.
You may also feel very tired, feel faint on occasion, and have headaches.
It is normal to have several different symptoms during pregnancy and often to have more than one problem at a time. If you are worried about a specific symptoms during pregnancy and often to have more than one problem at a time. If you are worried about a specific symptom, you should obtain medical advice. You should also speak to your doctor if you are having problems with severe vomiting and cannot keep any food or fluids down. If you find it painful to urinate or your urine appears cloudy, you should consult your doctor to make sure that you do not have a urinary tract infection, such as cystitis.
What can you do?
There is little that you can do to relieve some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as breast tenderness. However, some other complaints may be eased by various self-help; measures. for example, you may be able to relieve morning sickness by eating before you get out of bed. Eating frequent, small snacks throughout the day rather than a few larger meals and sleeping propped up by several pillows may help reduce nausea and heartburn. if heartburn is severe, you may be prescribed drugs to help reduce the acidity of the stomach.
It is important that you check with the counter drugs because there are several common medications, such as laxatives and analgesics, that can harm a developing baby and should not be taken at any time during pregnancy.
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