Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about numerous changes in your body, some of which may cause discomfort or concern. While most symptoms are normal, it's important to communicate any worries to your maternity team.

Constipation in Pregnancy

  • Hormonal changes can lead to constipation early on in pregnancy.
  • To prevent constipation, include high-fibre foods in your diet, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and consult your doctor about iron supplements.

Cramp in Pregnancy

  • Cramp, sudden and sharp pain in the calf muscles or feet, is common during pregnancy, especially at night.
  • Gentle exercises focusing on ankle and leg movements can improve circulation and help prevent cramps. Try foot exercises and muscle massages to alleviate discomfort.

Feeling Faint in Pregnancy

  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause faintness, especially when getting up quickly or lying on your back.
  • To avoid feeling faint, rise slowly from a seated or lying position, find a seat if you feel faint while standing, and avoid lying flat on your back after the 28th week of pregnancy.

Feeling Hot in Pregnancy

  • Hormonal changes and increased blood supply to the skin can make you feel warmer than usual and more prone to sweating.
  • Wear loose clothing made of natural fibres, keep your room cool, and maintain good personal hygiene to stay comfortable.

Incontinence in Pregnancy

  • Incontinence, the involuntary release of urine, is common during and after pregnancy due to the relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen these muscles. Discuss any concerns with your midwife, doctor, or health visitor.

Frequent Urination in Pregnancy

  • The need to urinate frequently often begins early in pregnancy and may persist until delivery, caused by pressure on the bladder from the growing baby.
  • Reduce nighttime bathroom visits by limiting evening fluid intake. Rocking back and forth while on the toilet can help relieve pressure on the bladder.

Skin and Hair Changes in Pregnancy

  • Hormonal changes can darken your nipples and the surrounding area, darken your skin in patches or overall, and cause the development of a dark line on your stomach.
  • Birthmarks, moles, and freckles may also darken temporarily. Protect your skin from the sun to prevent excessive sunburn.

Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

  • Swollen veins, known as varicose veins, are common during pregnancy, particularly in the legs.
  • To alleviate discomfort, avoid prolonged standing or sitting with crossed legs, manage weight gain, elevate your legs, try compression tights, exercise, and perform foot exercises to promote circulation.

Remember, while these symptoms are typically normal if you experience any severe or persistent symptoms or have concerns, it's crucial to consult your maternity team for proper guidance and reassurance.

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General Practitioner

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