Pregnancy is both an amazing time and a strange one. After all, you’re growing new life inside of you! But along with that comes huge hormonal changes that cause discomfort. Below are four of the most common pregnancy discomforts and some tips on how to cope with them.
At least 6 out of every 10 pregnant women have morning sickness. Some have minor nausea and others experience both nausea and vomiting. Although it is more common in the first trimester of pregnancy, it can happen all throughout their pregnancy as well.
More than half of pregnant women experience heartburn, especially during their second and third trimesters. Along with heartburn may come an upset stomach and other symptoms of indigestion such as bloating.
At some point during pregnancy, most women will have constipation. This is mainly caused by your expanding uterus, which puts pressure on your intestines and causes decreased bowel emptying. Your prenatal supplements may also contribute to this, since the increase in iron can cause you to get backed up too.
If your headache is severe in the second or third trimester, it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Headaches caused by pre-eclampsia are persistent and throbbing, and may be accompanied by swollen feet, pain on the right side of the abdomen and blurred vision.