What are your fears and joy of being or getting pregnant? I know for a fact that it is not a smooth sailing journey for most women, especially in their first trimester. But generally, being pregnant is such a great gift to experience. During this time, you will be looking forward to having a glowing skin, safe pregnancy, and a healthy baby.
However, there is a common occurrence you will face challenges during this time, as your body adjust to a series of different changes. There is no need for alarm, really; here are some of the most common medical challenges to be on the lookout.
Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness)
You might experience some degree of nausea during your pregnancy. Doctors link this to soaring of gastric problems, estrogen and progesterone hormones during the first three months. Also, you can reduce the severity of morning sickness by eating healthy.
Cramps, Varicose Veins, and Swelling
Cramp is a sudden sharp pain; that occurs in your muscle, swollen feet, ankles or fingers. Veins, particularly in the feet, become swollen. To reduce these effects, you should avoid standing for longer periods of time and ought to exercise regularly to improve your circulation.
Bladder and Bowel Problems
Frequent urination often starts early in the pregnancy, and sometimes it continues all through the pregnancy term. You can experience constipation, meaning you are unable to pass stool as you normally do. In addition to that, leaking urine, also known as incontinence can also occur.
You can eat foods that are high in fiber such as, beans and wholemeal to reduce constipation. Drink less water to avoid frequent urination.
Sharp Groin Pain
The pain occurs when the round ligaments in your pelvis stretch to accommodate your developing baby. If the ache comes, sit down and rest a few seconds until it subsides.
There are a lot of hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. You will experience faintness due to lack of enough oxygen circulation to the brain. When feeling faint, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
Vaginal discharge can be quite uncomfortable and keeps coming back. It is commonly known as recurrent thrush. The discharge is caused by ‘Candida albicans,’ a yeast infection. Symptoms occur around your vulvae, such as itching and soreness. But it is relatively harmless and is curable; you will be prescribed an anti-thrush cream.
Make a point to go for regular checkups to know the status of your unborn baby and your health as well. Furthermore, you should consult your doctor on the above or other related challenges so that by the end of your pregnancy, you will have a bouncy bundle of joy.