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Normal Body Experiences During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when constant changes occur within your body and it an be very reassuring to know what body changes are normal. As your pregnancy advances your growing baby's needs will change and your body will grow to accommodate these needs. This rapid growth is triggered by hormones and many of the physical symptoms of pregnancy can be traced back to the increasing or fluctuation of these hormones.

In very early pregnancy the woman may find that she needs to go to the bathroom more often. To ease these frequent trips try to lessen the amount of liquids you drink in the evening and do your best to completely empty your bladder each time you go to the bathroom. You can assist your body in emptying completely by leaning forward on the toilet when you urinate, I learned this trick when I was pregnant with my third daughter.

Hormones are to blame for sore and swollen breasts. Be sure to support your breasts throughout your pregnancy by wearing a properly fitting bra. To save money you may wish to go ahead and purchase a nursing bra if you know you will be breastfeeding your baby. Usually the tenderness lessens after a few weeks.

Hormones are also to blame for morning sickness which by the way can occur at anytime of day or night. Try eating frequent small meals throughout the day so that your stomach does not become empty. Keep a package of dry crackers at your bedside and nibble on a few before you get out of bed in the morning. I did this trick with all of my pregnancies and it really does work. Another thing I did if I felt queasy was to drink some ginger tea.

Your body is working hard to grow a human being so you will feel fatigued more than you normally do. Make an effort to take naps whenever possible, even if all you have time for is a ten minute rest during lunchtime. You can help your body by giving it the fuel it needs to do the work required During Pregnancy by eating nutritious foods especially foods that help you to have energy like foods high in carbohydrates, iron and protein.

Those around you may complain that you are moody and this is normal during pregnancy. These mood swings are caused by hormone fluctuations and by the lifestyle changes that are occuring in your life as you adjust to being pregnant. Try to avoid taking in too much caffeine or sugar in your diet as these things can contribute to erratic mood swings. You can help lessen mood swings by getting fresh air and exercise and by making sure that you make time for fun things in your life and for visiting with friends and family.

As your womb grows you may experience cramping due to ligaments stretching. By the time you enter your second trimester you should notice that this eases as your pelvis supports your growing womb more. If you experience these cramps change your position or put your feet up. If the cramping continues after changing your position or you notice bleeding it is necessary to inform the person caring for your pregnancy.

It is completely normal to experience a thin, odorless, white vaginal discharge in your pants. This is due to the increase in blood flow During Pregnancy. You can help decrease the odor by keeping the vaginal area clean and dry, by wearing cotton underwear and by not wearing tight-fitting clothes. Do not wash with perfumed soaps in that area as this can irritate your skin. If the discharge becomes thicker, starts to itch or you start to bleed you need to let your healthcare provider know in case you have a vaginal infection or other serious condition that needs medical care.

Spotting or light bleeding can occur in some normal pregnancies and the pregnancy continues with a healthy baby being born at the end. I know this because I experienced spotting during my last pregnancy and was convinced that I was losing the baby. My doctor did an ultrasound and there was my little baby moving around and everything was normal. She was born full term and completely heallthy. Any time you experience bleeding no matter how slight you should notify the person caring for your pregnancy.

Pregnant women can experience dizziness for many reasons including increased blood volumne, low blood pressure, low blood glucose level, high outside temperatures, or because of standing up too fast. It is important to not skip meals while pregnant, to keep all prenatal appointments to monitor blood glucose level and blood pressure and to move slowly especially when getting up from a sitting or laying position. It is important to stay well-hydated so drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Women having a normal pregnancy can experience back pain. As the uterus expands pressure may be put upon your spine. The ligaments that support your back muscles also soften and relax as the progesterone hormone levels rise During Pregnancy. All of this can cause you to experience mild back pain. To help avoid back pain avoid lifting anything that is heavy, practice good posture by keeping your back straight and shoulders back and lift with your legs. Do not wear shoes with heels. Report any back pain that worsens to your doctor.

The same hormones that soften and relax your ligaments also cause the muscles in your digestive tract to slow too which may cause you to experience constipation. To help avoid constipation make sure your diet includes foods that contain fiber and that you drink at least 8 full glasses of water each day. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medications for constipation.

I was plagued by heartburn in my first pregnancy and found that avoiding spicy foods (which I was very fond of) helped me to avoid this unpleasant symptom of pregnancy. I was also told by friends to avoid caffeine and to avoid lying down after meals. If heartburn strikes while you are sleeping you can raise the head of your bed or use extra pillows to elevate your head. Ask your doctor if there are over-the-counter heartburn medications that are safe for you to take during pregnancy.

Frequent urination, breast soreness, morning sickness, dizziness, back pain, cramping, heartburn and fatigue are all things that normally occur during pregnancy and should be discussed with your healthcare provider so you can be assured that all if fine with your baby and with you. Pregnancy is an exciting time but a time when your body changes rapidly. This rapid change results in many of the symptoms described above and can cause concern. Don't be afraid to voice your concerns to those caring for your pregnancy. The best thing you can do for yourself and for your growing baby is to feel good about what is happening to within your body and to find relief from these symptoms as much as possible so you can rest and enjoy your pregnancy.

Reference:

Pregnancy Week by Week Retrieved December 3, 2010 from http://www.pregnancytoday.com/pregnancy-week-by-week/pregnancy-week-19/

By Laura Quintile - Laura is the author of Conversations with Laura about Pregnancy . She has written web content since June of 2006 on various health and business topics. She is mom to 3 daughters and lives in rural Ohio where...  





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