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Navigating Pregnancy Comfort: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Common Symptoms

Dr Rishika Agarwal 308 Views
Updated: 22 Feb 2024
Published: 09 Feb 2024
Navigating Pregnancy Comfort: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Common Symptoms

It is undoubtedly remarkable when you first see the two pink lines on your pregnancy test. The most beautiful stage of life is becoming a mother. Taking care of oneself is crucial when you are going through this memorable phase.

Pregnancy symptoms might differ from person to person and from one pregnancy to the next. Before you even realise, you're pregnant, your body may start to alter, or you may not experience any symptoms at all. Caring for your body and looking into its changes due to the early symptoms is essential. So, let’s look at some common pregnancy symptoms and how to manage them.

What Are the Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

  1. Missed the Menstrual Cycle: If you are in your reproductive years and you haven't had the onset of your regular monthly cycle for at least a week, you may be pregnant. However, this early pregnancy symptom may be deceptive if your menstrual cycle is erratic.
  2. Pregnancy Back Pain: One of the most common symptoms during pregnancy is certainly pregnancy back pain. In fact, more than half of all women experience some degree of back discomfort during pregnancy. It is usually related to certain physical changes that happen during this time, including hormones, posture, centre of gravity, and others.
  3. Vomiting and Nausea: Morning sickness may occur one to two months after becoming pregnant and can happen at any time of day or night. Nonetheless, some women never suffer nausea, while others experience it early. Pregnancy hormones probably play a part in sickness throughout pregnancy, while the exact mechanism is unknown.
  4. Increased UrinationUrination may occur more often than usual for you. Pregnancy causes an increase in levels of body fluids and greater kidney efficiency. The swelling uterus also presses against the bladder. As a result, most women start experiencing more frequent urination within the first few weeks of becoming pregnant.
  5. Tiredness and Fatigue: One of the most common early pregnancy symptoms is fatigue. The specific cause of fatigue in women during the first trimester of pregnancy remains unclear. However, it is possible that the elevated levels of progesterone in the initial phases of pregnancy could contribute to the tiredness experienced.
  6. Change of sense of taste: Change in your sense of taste, during pregnancy likely is caused by pregnancy hormones. Sometimes it can cause a sour or metallic taste in your mouth, even if you're not eating anything.
  7. Headaches and Cramping: In the early stages of pregnancy, headaches, dizziness, and light-headedness are frequent. Your body's changing hormone levels, as well as your growing blood volume, are the two reasons this occurs.

    Over a few days, you may also have mild cramps that resemble menstruation. You must contact your healthcare practitioner immediately if these cramps are severe or primarily felt on one side of your body.  This may indicate an ectopic pregnancy.
  8. Mood swings: You may have mood swings as your hormones fluctuate. This is common and can occur at any point during pregnancy. However, it's crucial to contact your healthcare professional if you ever experience anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
  9. Congestion and Bloating: Due to the rise in blood and hormone levels in the early stages of pregnancy, some people get stuffy noses. Your nose's mucous membranes become dehydrated and prone to bleeding. The hormonal surge might make your stomach feel bloated.
  10. Changes in your skin: There are a lot of changes in your skin that indicate early pregnancy symptoms. For example, acne is caused by elevated hormone levels and blood volume. Pregnancy can cause some people to shine and have smoother skin, but it can also cause more acne for others.

How to Manage Common Pregnancy Symptoms?

Now that you are aware of the general symptoms let’s look at how to manage some of them as well.

1. Managing Back Pain

A few good practices can relieve expecting mothers of this discomfort significantly. These include:

  • Consciously practicing good posture
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Opting for complementary therapies
  • Lifting properly
  • Getting all the right gears
  • Trying hot and cold massages

2. Managing Pregnancy-induced Hypertension

Some of the workable tips to keep your blood pressure under check during pregnancy are:

  • Staying active
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Taking low-dose aspirin and blood pressure medication strictly as per the prescription
  • Staying regular with prenatal appointments

3. Managing Nausea

Do the following to help manage nausea during pregnancy:

  • Consume plenty of water
  • Snack often, and do not keep your stomach empty
  • Take prenatal vitamins as per the prescription
  • Choose food carefully that is easy to digest
  • Be mindful of vomit triggers

Summing Up

Every expecting mother goes through some degree of early pregnancy symptoms that can be managed with some simple tips. However, if the symptoms appear too often and with a heightened intensity, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Can I continue drinking coffee during pregnancy?

    Answer:- Although the outcomes of the research are ambiguous, it has been investigated whether caffeine increases the chance of early miscarriage or premature birth. Most specialists concur that consuming up to one cup of coffee daily, 12 ounces or 200 milligrams of caffeine, is safe. Consider beverages such as tea, chocolate, soft drinks, and other forms of caffeine when figuring out how much you're consuming.

  2. Is breathlessness ordinary during pregnancy?

    Answer: Breathlessness may occur early in pregnancy because of pregnancy hormones on the lungs. However, you should call your obs-gyn if you experience shortness of breath accompanied by chest pain, a cough, or palpitations, if you feel dizzy, or if there is a significant alteration in your breathing pattern.

  3. Is it normal to have acute pregnancy back pain in the second trimester?

    Answer:- Yes, it is expected to have pregnancy back pain in the second trimester. It is advised to keep up with a good diet and exercise to avoid pregnancy back pain.

  4. Is travelling whilst pregnancy safe?

    Answer:- It is usually okay to travel until the end of your second trimester. It's crucial to consider some safety measures when travelling while pregnant.

  5. What relieves pregnancy-induced hypertension?

    Answer:- Pregnancy-induced hypertension can be reduced by walking or swimming. Daily physical activity that might help you maintain normal blood pressure can also be effective. Maintain a log of pregnancy blood tests. Blood pressure can be lowered by maintaining a minimal salt consumption and eating a balanced diet. And regular blood pressure check ups are important by your physician.

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