Usually, pregnancy discomforts change based on the trimester and every pregnant woman tend to face it differently, the reason why pregnancy is considered as a unique experience. Some of the general pregnancy symptoms and discomforts are discussed here.
Gum and teeth infection are common for some, as the body is prone to infection during pregnancy. To avoid gingivitis, plaque buildup and other associated diseases, have regular dental checkups and follow a good oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash regularly.
During pregnancy, the estrogen in the body causes swelling in the mucous membrane lining of the nose and thereby increasing the mucous secretion. The increased blood levels during pregnancy also contribute to the swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the nose lining. Use steamer or saline nasal drops to get some relief from nasal congestion. Use extra pillows while sleeping to elevate your head and breathe easily.
Stretch marks and Itching
Stretch marks and skin itchiness are common from second trimester and cannot be avoided during pregnancy. Apply moisturizing lotions with cocoa shea butter after shower to maintain moisture in the body. Drink plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated as this will help reduce dryness, thereby control skin itching.
As the belly grows in the third trimester, you may feel breathlessness sometimes. Try to stay fit watch your weight gain. It is important to maintain a good posture while sitting, resting and sleeping; remember to sleep on your left side to relieve from breathlessness.
Abdominal Pain and Cramps
If you feel abdominal pain due to the stretching of abdomen muscles and ligaments around it, try a warm bath or a relaxed shower. Even regular exercise can help to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles and thereby relieve you from cramps.
Yoga, swimming and other mild exercises will help you prepare for labour and make your muscles stronger. They build endurance and strength for the abdomen, thighs, pelvic floor muscles and back. Regular workouts like pregnancy yoga or even walking can help you relieve from back pain. Instead of opting for over-the-counter medication, try hot water bag massage or heat pads. Also avoid heels and high wedges; instead wear flat shoes or flip flops for comfort and pain relief.
Insomnia and Sleep Issues
During the third trimester, pregnancy dreams and physical discomforts may keep you away from a good nigh sleep, followed by a day time fatigue. Do not take sleeping pills; instead follow a good sleep pattern. Avoid day time sleeping, drinking coffee throughout the day and working out in the evening. Use the bed only for sleeping and if you do not feel sleepy, move to another room and read magazines or listen to music till you feel sleepy.