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Best Tips to Handle Pregnancy Symptoms and Discomforts – Part 1


An expectant mother endures physical and emotional discomforts throughout pregnancy due to the action of various pregnancy hormones. There are no medications to treat these discomforts as they are part of a healthy pregnancy; the only way is to make some lifestyle changes.

This article will help you understand the symptoms of pregnancy and provide tips to handle them:

  • Headache – Get enough sleep and drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Try to reduce stress by indulging in activities that you like. Do not take over the counter medications; consult your doctor if the headache is persistent.
  • Morning Sickness – Nausea is quite common in pregnancy, which in turn causes food aversions. Do not skip your meals, try to have 5-6 smaller meals and opt for tasty yet nutritious foods to tackle them. Do not sleep soon after meals to avoid nausea.
  • Urinary Problem – The urge to use the restroom every 30 minutes is a common symptom in the first trimester. Do not cut down your fluid intake to avoid bathroom breaks. While urinating, empty your bladder by leaning forward; this will help to extend the time between restroom breaks.
  • Heart Burn - This acid reflux is caused by pregnancy hormones. Do not include spicy, oily and sugary food items in your diet to minimize the effect. Have bland, high fibre food in small quantities and break your heavy meal pattern. Also, it is necessary to take up regular exercise or walking.
  • Dizziness – If you feel dizzy in a crowded room, step out and get some fresh air. Do not stand up or get out of the bed suddenly; instead get up slowly from lying position and then stand up from the bed to avoid dizziness. If you feel lightheaded while walking, slow down your speed and try to sit for a while.
  • Fatigue - Have eight hours of proper sleep without any disturbance. Try to take a 15-30 minutes nap during day time to handle fatigue. Take break from work and relax for a while to avoid excess pressure and body tiredness.
  • Constipation – Keep your bowel movement regular by taking high fibre food items, fruits and plenty of fluids. Fibre regulates the bowel movements and also helps to avoid haemorrhoids caused by constipation.
  • Leg Pain – Sometimes, you may experience leg cramps which can be treated with hot water massage or simply soaking the legs in hot/warm water. When you feel the cramps, try to straighten your legs and flex your ankle and feet to get relief. Keep your legs in an elevated position while sitting and sleeping to relieve from leg pain.


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