Common Pregnancy Concerns: Benefits, Cramps, Headaches, Nausea, Swollen Ankles, Varicose Veins

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Common Pregnancy Concerns

In this article we will discuss about how pregnancy is achieved nowadays; what are the benefits of pregnancy in the couple; What are the needs of a pregnant woman; What causes cramps during the first trimester of pregnancy; cramps during the second and third trimester; What causes nausea and vomiting and when does it happen and also how to control nausea and vomiting; Varicose Veins, etc.

Benefits

Life of an women would not be complete if she would not have the experience of conceiving a child. Although there are some women who can not bear one due to some health issues. For them, there are now new ways of becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination, for example, is an artificial process of giving fertilization which is done by placing the sperm of the man into the female’s cervix or uterus rather than by natural copulation. Other women prefer adoption, but this kind of processes are out of budget for most of the peoples.

Being pregnant at the right time could be beneficial for the couple in many ways. Pregnancy often makes them even closer together, and this would be the turning point where they would feel and begin their own family. It also connects the couple in a very special way, and through getting pregnant they may develop more values regarding life and marriage.

Pregnancy is especially hard on the part of the woman. This is the time where they have to be extra health conscious by eating the right food, having proper exercise, ample rest, and sometimes getting what they want. Think of eating strawberry shortcake at 3 a.m.? These requests can be a bit unreasonable, but to make the pregnant woman feel better, her husband would have to give way…and make a way. 

Cramps

During the course of pregnancy, the woman might feel various complications that are considered normal when pregnant. Cramps during pregnancy can be mild to severe, depending on the mother’s health status. During the first trimester, women can experience cramps during implantation, which usually happens from eight to ten days after the ovulation period. Another cause for cramps would be the stretching of the uterus. The woman’s body will prepare for the baby by expanding and stretching the uterus, therefore causing mild cramps. Unfortunately, cramps can be accompanied by bleeding or spotting when there is a possibility of a miscarriage. Other causes of cramping during the first trimester would be due to gas pains and constipation, often leading to feelings of discomfort. In the course of the second and third trimester of pregnancy, cramps can also occur during pre-term labor and during early labor. These cramps are often accompanied by back pain.

Nausea and Vomiting

This is the most common complication among pregnant women to experience nausea and vomiting. It occurs when both physical and hormonal changes take place during early pregnancy. This condition generally begins around the sixth week of pregnancy and can happen at any time. Though most women experience nausea and vomiting until the twelfth week of pregnancy. In most pregnant women, such feelings of nausea and vomiting affect their health, especially when it comes to eating. It is important not to skip meals even if one feels sick and queasy so that the right amount of nutrients is given to your body and also your baby.

To control nausea and vomiting, it is important to keep track of the woman’s diet. Before walking up after getting out of bed, try to eat a few crackers and rest for about ten to fifteen minutes. Eating small meals can help in avoiding an empty stomach, it is advisable to take cold meals since food odor can sometimes be annoying for pregnant women. Eating pickles, watermelon, pretzels, bread, cake, nuts can help in relieving the feelings of nausea. Getting plenty of rest, taking time off from work, fresh air, and even acupuncture can also relieve a pregnant woman from nausea and vomiting.

Swollen Ankles

The ankles and feet get swollen in most of the women while they are pregnant. All moms should be concern about swelling since it can be uncomfortable and your shoes become tighter and possibly make you feel embarrassed. By knowing the best ways to manage it, you can stay as comfortable.

How can I reduce swelling?

Few simple things can help you to deal with and can also aid in preventing swelling.

  • Always try to avoid standing for long periods without moving.
  • Avoid tight shoes and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Put your feet up as much as possible.
  • Limit salty foods and excessive salt in your diet.
  • Try to sleep on your left side which is favorable to return the blood to the heart.
  • Exercise regularly by walking.

Varicose Veins

During pregnancy having swollen legs, with twisting and bulging veins is a normal case. But, generally varicose veins all go away by a single year.

Why do varicose veins occur?

Healthy veins of the leg have one-way valves to help the blood flow back to the heart. During walking, the calf muscles pump the blood up towards the heart, and the valves stop the blood falling back.

The condition called varicose veins to develop when these one-way valves don’t work properly. This causes the blood to pool in the veins and the blood stretches the vein walls and causes the veins to swell, twist and bulge. If the veins become large enough, it can see them under the skin.

How to prevent varicose veins?

Walking or other exercises help in proper circulation and this is extra beneficial during pregnancy. Specific exercises for leg like calf raises and walking on the spot are good for helping blood flow in the legs.

There is no perfect way to prevent varicose veins when you’re pregnant. However, they might be less likely to develop if you follow the following steps:

  • Stay active.
  • Don’t sit for too long.
  • Avoid wearing high heels.
  • If possible, put your legs up, higher than your hips while resting.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes.

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