In the first three months of pregnancy you can be very tired and you need more sleep than usual. This is quite normal, your body has after all get used to all the changes taking place. This complaint affects almost anyone with pregnancy complaints.
In the first 3-4 months it can be possible into feeling sick. This is due to hormonal changes in your body. Often you will have little to no appetite in food, unfortunately this make the nausea often worse. Advice: Eat in the morning before you get up a cracker. Eat regularly, throughout the day, it often helps against nausea. Also, ginger can help the nausea, both ginger capsules, ginger powder or fresh ginger can help in reducing pregnancy symptoms.
Especially at the end of pregnancy, the baby can press against your stomach, you can get the heartburns. This is because the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach is weakened and thereby the stomach acid may come up. Advice: You can prevent the symptons by eating small meals spread throughout the day. Carbonated drinks and coffee should be left aside, beware for food with pungent spices and fat. If possible, you can lift the headboard of your bed up. You can try to drink a glass of milk or take some vanilla custard. If this doesn’t work you can use antacids (Rennie). In exceptional cases we can prescribe anta gel, regla pH or gaviscon which can be picked up at the pharmacy.
The hormone progesterone will weaken the muscles in the intestinal wall. The intestinal wall will work slower and may cause constipation. When it’s hard to go to the toilet, there is a chance that hemorrhoids arise, which are smooth, convex thickenings at the end of the anus which may itch. Good bowel movements can fostered through regular food, drinking enough and sufficient exercise. Use extra fiber, such as broken flaxseed, whole grains and bran. For hemorrhoids, there are many creams available, these often have a positive effect but achieve the best result after childbirth.
During pregnancy you need to urinate more frequently. As the uterus grows, there is more pressure on your bladder and therefore you quickly feel like you have to pee. If you really frequently feel the excessive urge to urinate, You may have a bladder infection. Usually you also have a burning sensation when urinating. In that case, contact us or go to the GP.
Vaginal discharge often increases during pregnancy, that is normal. Let us know if the discharge has an abnormal smell or color, abnormal itch, pain or a burning sensation. This may indicate an infection.
Uterus muscle pain
The uterus is attached to straps that keep your uterus stays neatly in place. If your uterus grows, these muscles around need to keep up with the growth. You may experience a sharp pain on the side of the abdomen and in your groin. If the straps are stretched enough the growth pain will disappear.
During pregnancy you can feel contraction of the muscles around the uterus. These are also called hard bellies. A Braxton Hicks often occurs with exertion and will disappears when you rest. Usually a hard belly does not hurt. If you often experience hard bellies, it may indicate that you are too busy and you need to slow down.
Back or pelvic pain
During pregnancy your weight and posture will change, the pelvic joints will become more flexible. This can sometimes cause back pain or pain in the pelvis. Certain exercises can help to strengthen your back muscles to reduce pregnancy symptoms. Another alternative is swimming, which is good for your back. Good posture can reduce the symptoms, so make sure when bending or lifting properly you bend your knees and give your lower back enough support when sitting. When getting out of bed, first get on your side and then push yourself up sideways so that the back is not overloaded. In the event of serious back or pelvic symptoms you can contact us, then we can possibly refer you to a physiotherapist.