Pregnancy means a lot of body changes occur. Along with such changes, discomforts can be expected. Read on to find out in simple detail the discomforts of pregnancy and its comfort measures you can do.
Nausea & Vomiting (Early Morning Sickness)
Particularly in the first 3 months, you can expect nausea & vomiting to occur. Since these first 3 months are the peak times of production of a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), the vomiting centers in the brain are stimulated. As a result, you feel nauseated particularly in the morning that is why it’s called early morning sickness. One best way you can do is to eat crackers or dry toast before getting out of bed early in the morning.
The management for constipation in pregnancy is also the same as that of the usual constipation cases even when not pregnant – high fiber diet. You can also add by increasing the fluid you drink per day. But the reason behind the constipation pregnant mothers have is different from that of the usual cases since the former is because of the enlarging uterus compressing the intestines of the mother.
There can be two reasons dizziness happens in pregnancy. First, because the growing baby needs nutrients, he/she gets it from the mother. As a result, the mother’s nutrients, specifically glucose, decrease and in turn, make her feel dizzy. Second, pregnant mothers get dizzy because of a condition called “supine hypotension.” Supine means lying on your back while hypotension means low blood pressure. When a pregnant mother lies on her back, the enlarged uterus compresses one of the major blood vessels in the heart. Since blood vessels are the passageway of blood (including oxygen and nutrients), the transport is compromised if it’s blocked or compressed. (Think of it like a water hose. If you compress one part, water will not flow properly). So when the transport of nutrients including oxygen is limited, the body reacts by making you feel dizzy.
So what can you do? The best comfort measure is to avoid the cause – lying on your back for prolonged periods of time. As an alternative, you can use a left side-lying position. Make sure you won’t lie on your right side as well since it can also compress a major blood vessel.
Knowing these discomforts of pregnancy and its comfort measures can help. Even if you are the husband or a non-pregnant friend or a relative, it pays to know these simple tips for advice.