When you find out you’re expecting a child, it’s exciting news but as your body starts to change it can dampen your enthusiasm for a while. Your body starts stretching and growing, and you will usually feel some discomfort. Some women manage to sail through pregnancy with few complaints but it can be a very trying time for others. Most women deal with issues such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and swollen feet.
These discomforts are not dangerous. They are a natural part of the process as your body accommodates the growth of your baby and starts preparing for birth. Some of them are easy to relieve and others can be more debilitating. When you are so nauseous you wretch constantly and can’t stomach most food, you may feel miserable.
When your back aches, your hands, and feet are swollen and you want to pee all the time, the pregnancy ‘glow’ people speak about may seem like a myth. You have to remember that most of the discomfort is temporary. Nausea usually disappears after the first trimester. Your other complaints will take a little longer to go but most of them are temporary. Some may disappear as soon as your baby is born. Others, like hemorrhoids, may be more permanent.
The birth of your baby more than makes up for what you go through during your pregnancy. Here are some of the discomforts you may experience and natural ways to ease them.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Many women first realize they might be pregnant when they start feeling nauseous. Nausea usually lasts throughout the first trimester of the pregnancy and most women find that it improves after week twelve. It does not cause any problems for the baby and studies show it may mean a lower risk of miscarriage. The cause of the nausea is unknown and despite the fact that it is referred to as morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day or night.
It may help to keep some crackers in your bedside drawer and eat a few before getting out of bed in the morning. It is better to eat small meals throughout the day because an empty stomach makes you feel queasier. Keep a stash of suitable snacks like crackers, pretzels or nuts nearby at all times. Warm foods tend to have a stronger smell so you may prefer to opt for cool foods such as yogurt, fruit, and salads.
It may sound like a no-brainer but staying hydrated is important. Sucking ice cubes made from fruit juice or drinking cold ginger ale diluted with soda water may help. Tepid beverages will often make you gag. You will also need to discover and avoid what triggers your nausea. It is often smell-related. If your trigger is the smell of coffee, for instance, you will soon find out and you can take steps to avoid it wherever possible.
Ginger is commonly used to treat nausea and vomiting. There are many ways you can add ginger to your diet such as sucking on a ginger lozenge or eating some crystallized ginger candy. Grate a teaspoon of ginger root and add to hot water, steeping it for about 10 minutes to make ginger tea. If you don’t like the taste of ginger, it’s possible to buy ginger capsules.