Pregnancy brings with it a number of unexpected changes. It is not just the feeling of elation that comes knowing that soon you will be bringing to life a precious gift. From one moment to the next, you feel different emotions brought about the imbalance in your hormonal levels. You will also experience several physical changes as the baby inside your womb develops. It is vital that as an expecting mom you know how to take care of your body as these changes are also vital to your baby.
You will experience pregnancy-related conditions such as backaches, headaches, morning sickness, weight gain, and so on. With adequate understanding and proper care, you will be able to adjust to these developments. These will allow for an easier recovery after pregnancy. You will be back in shape in no time.
Below of are some of the conditions you may experience and some suggestions on how you can manage each of them.
Putting on a reasonable amount of weight is a natural tendency for pregnant women. However, there are studies that show that there are women who feel out of control of the food that they eat during pregnancy. This has resulted in unexpected weight problems in children later on. There is no really any appropriate weight gain for the pregnant mom as it will depend on several factors. These include your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index or BMI. If you are carrying multiples, you are definitely more likely to put on more weight.
To keep your weight manageable, you need to focus on consuming nutritious foods, exercise regularly, ditch junk foods, and see to it that you will see your doctor regularly.
To reduce discomfort caused by backaches and to have a good sleep, you can do the following:
- have a soothing massage
- sleep on your side and with a pillow on your bent knees
- do yoga
- do water exercises
- seek out an experienced chiropractor to adjust spinal misalignments, if there is any
- wear a maternity support belt
It is natural that you may feel itchy, especially when your skin stretches as you gain weight and accommodate the growing baby inside your belly. There are also other skin conditions caused by a hormonal imbalance that can make you feel itchy, such as dry skin, eczema, or food allergies.
Having a hot shower may intensify the itching, so it is better to have a cold shower instead. Use a mild soap and moisturize your skin regularly.
There are some pregnant women who may experience Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) or simply, cholestasis. This causes severe itching in the last phase of pregnancy. This is a common liver problem that normally disappears a few days after childbirth. If you have this condition, you may also have a dark urine color, lightening of the stool, fatigue, and lack of appetite. If you think you have ICP, consult your doctor promptly for proper diagnosis and medication.
This is also a common pregnancy-related condition. However, not all women may have stretch marks during pregnancy. Weight gain is usually the cause of stretch marks. They appear as the skin stretches and reaches its limit resulting in a tear under the skin. Genetics also plays a role in the appearance of stretch marks as proven by studies.
To lessen the probability of having these marks of pregnancy, eat a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure that you put on weight that is just about to a manageable extent. Hydrating regularly will also allow toxins and excess fat to be released through the pores of your skin and through bowel movement. You may also need to keep from eating processed foods as they contain preservatives and additives that will cause your body to retain more fluid and cause your body to swell.
You can also use a stretch mark cream. Make sure, however, that you find one that won’t be harsh on your skin and affect your baby’s health.
Swollen ankles and feet
Pregnancy may also cause you to have edema and have swollen feet, ankles, and legs. Wearing comfortable shoes and staying off your feet may help you relieve this condition. However, if you see your hands and your face swelling as well, you should call a care provider right away. It may be a symptom of a more dangerous condition like pre-eclampsia.
Not all conditions related to pregnancy can be disturbing
There are also some physical changes that you may want to stay even after pregnancy. Some pregnant women may see their skin, hair, and nails becoming more appealing than before their pregnancy. Others experience a different glow. Others notice more prominent body curves.
However you may experience pregnancy, you need to remember that these changes stay only for the season. If you are experiencing difficulties, always remind yourself that these changes will leave as soon as you have delivered your new bundle of joy. Always focus, then on the things that will make your pregnancy a pleasant experience. Consider your health provider’s suggestion all the time as well. You can also seek comfort and support from other expectant mom and your significant others. As a result, you will be creating a deeper and stronger bond with your family, friends, and relatives.
You will need all the support that you can receive. The best thing that you can do, however, is to remain strong and feel positive through every step of the pregnancy. If you are fond of choosing the products you want to use or consume, make sure that you do your due diligence to research on the ingredients indicated in the labels. Considering your doctor’s advise is always vital.
You have nine more months to experience the joy of becoming a mother. But it will take a lifetime to mold the life given to you to nourish. Start right with your pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby that you will cherish for a lifetime.