If you are pregnant or are planning to conceive, you would have received numerous tips and advices from friends to extended family members on what you should and should not be doing in order to have a smooth pregnancy.
While the amount of information you are exposed to might be overwhelming and to an extent scary, following certain simple and effective tips is all it takes to cope with most of the complications and problems associated with pregnancy.
Since numerous physiological changes occur within the body to accommodate a fast growing fetus, the dimensions of your internal body system automatically modifies itself, forcing your body to adapt rapidly to the continuous changes.
An increase in blood volume, a sudden weight gain, an increased requirement of several nutrients and decreased mobility can result in various physical and physiological changes in the body.
Realizing and understanding these changes is extremely beneficial in helping you to cope with common problems associated in pregnancy. Read on to find out more.
How To Cope With The Problems Of Pregnancy
Nausea And Vomiting
The sudden hormonal changes and nervous disturbances inside the body will make a pregnant woman feel nauseated. Dizziness and nausea accompanied with excessive vomiting are some of the common complications experienced.
If you are pregnant, eat 4 to 7 small meals that are easily digestible rather than eating three large meals in a day. By doing so, you are preventing your digestive system from getting excessively worked up.
A slow intake of meals will prevent an overburden on the system and facilitate better absorption of various nutrients. This will be helpful in preventing vomiting.
The growing fetus will place excessive pressure on the intestines, interfering with the normal bowel activities. This coupled with decreased physical movement will automatically cause constipation.
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In order to prevent constipation, remember to include lots of fiber rich foods in your diet. Eating fruits and raw vegetables with skin is an excellent way to boost your daily intake of fiber.
The latter will prevent constipation and facilitate normal bowel movements. Consuming fruit or vegetable salads, dried fruits and sprouts is a powerful way to increase your fiber intake.
The growing fetus will force the digestive system to go haywire. Regurgitation or heartburn is commonly observed during pregnancy.
Never go to sleep or lie down as soon as you consume a meal. Always remember to walk around so that your body has enough time to absorb the nutrients, allowing the food to enter your digestive system slowly.
Lying down soon after meal consumption will cause a reverse flow of food contents, causing regurgitation, heartburn and in some cases even vomiting and indigestion. Drinking water after consumption of meals is extremely useful. Avoid consuming water or any type of fluid while eating.
Swelling up of legs and hands, especially the extremities is a common problem associated with pregnancy. The enlarged fetus places excess pressure on the veins, which are responsible for carrying fluids from the legs to the upper parts of the body.
This will lead to edema and leg cramps. However, retention of fluids is a natural phenomenon during the last part of pregnancy and should need be a cause of concern as long as other parameters are normal and healthy in the mother and the fetus.
Following the aforementioned tips is extremely effective in dealing with some of the common problems associated during pregnancy.
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