Pregnancy means everything from increase in the belly size to the change in the heart rate in a woman. This is followed by morning sickness, constipation, vaginal discharge and itchy skin which are some of the most common side-effects that can… umm… drive you insane.
The many books you’ve read on ‘What to Expect’, or the advice you’ve heard from your mom, might seem insufficient to cope up with them. So, use these tips to deal with the side-effects of pregnancy, just in case your doctor missed them.
Most women experience nausea, vomiting, and a throbbing head in the first few months. Morning sickness may strike the pregnant mother any time of the day. To help overcome this, eat small portions of food through the day and stick to foods that do not have too strong an odour. Drinking plenty of fluids keeps nausea at bay.
Pregnancy slows down your digestive system to let more nutrients reach your baby. Unfortunately, this leads to constipation. The best way to deal with this is by eating frequent meals in small healthy portions. You must, at all cost, avoid fried and baked foods, spicy foods, aerated drinks, citrus drinks, etc. Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in fiber to keep away from this side-effect of pregnancy.
Women experience excessive vaginal discharge during pregnancy and it is temporary and common. Although there may be nothing to worry about, it tends to get annoying. The best thing to do is that you change your panty often. Keep your genital area clean and dry. Do not use scented soaps, wipes or vaginal deodorants. That said, if you notice yellowish, frothy or curd-like discharge, immediately see the doctor.
Your breasts start to change even before you realize you are pregnant. This is due to the sea of hormonal changes your body is experiencing. Resultantly, you may go through several breast-related side-effects of pregnancy such as soreness, pain, tingling and swelling. Although nothing much can be done, the best way to minimize this uncomfortable feeling is getting the right bra and the right cup size. Opt for warm baths and maintain minimum physical touch.
Increased pregnancy hormones are the ones to be blamed for constant itchy skin. As your skin surrounding the stomach and breasts stretches, you tend to feel itchy in those areas. Sometimes, palms of your hands and the soles of your feet turn red and itch too. The most effective treatment is to moisturize your skin often. Avoid hot showers; it dries out your skin. Wear loose clothes, preferably cotton fabric. However, watch out for rashes. If you do find them, seek medical help.
Follow these simple and easy tips to deal with these most common side-effects of pregnancy and enjoy this period of affection and self-pampering.