Thursday, October 2, 2008

My first pregnancy was not really hard in terms of the common problems during the first trimester. I did not suffer from morning sickness. More than half of pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting in the first three months of pregnancy. My doctor said the change in the hormonal balance in the body causes the ailment. I did suffer some bleeding. I got so scared that I might be having a spontaneous abortion. When I went to see my doctor she gave me some medication to address the bleeding and everything went fine. Here are some more common problems during pregnancy.

Passing of urine frequently is a result of the womb pressing on the bladder. There should be no pain or burning sensation. If you feel these, go see your doctor. Constipation is common too as it's caused by the progesterone hormone on the gastrointestinal tract. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I never had a problem with water retention. I saw other pregnant women with swollen ankles and legs due to water retention. I never had a problem with varicose veins too. Just to play safe, I put my feet up while resting and sometimes put on supportive stockings. Heartburn, backache, leg cramps, and stretch marks - I had all of these. Heartburn is caused by the enlarged womb pressing on the stomach causing the content to flow backwards. The bitter or sour fluid that is sometimes brought up to the mouth. Small sips of milk may help alleviate the sour taste and the burning sensation in your chest. Backache is caused by the extra weight being carried around. What to do? Good position is the key also, there are tummy support and girdles available for pregnant women. I used to wake up screaming in pain due to leg cramps. I never did find out what was causing it. Stretch marks on my tummy were many. I used to rub cocoa butter cream to lessen their effect. My tummy itched like hell too. My mother-in-law said that it's just the baby's hair rubbing on the inside thus transmitting the itch on the outside. Talk about old-wives' tale.
Posted by desperateblogger On 10/02/2008 08:51:00 AM No comments

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