During pregnancy your body goes through many changes. These changes are triggered by hormones that prepare your body for pregnancy. These hormones can also cause many physically uncomfortable situations. Luckily, there are easy ways to relieve your pains.
Pregnancy discomfort – Backache
Backache is one of the most common problems women face during pregnancy. The extra weight you are carrying causes a strain on your lower back muscles causing them to become stiff and sore. If you have a backache that refuses to go away or continues to get worse, call you doctor to be sure that this pain is not caused by another health concern. what remedies can you use?
- When picking up objects below waist level, use your legs instead of your back by bending your knees and keeping your back straight. Avoid heavy strain on your back by letting someone else pick up heavy objects. Also, keep objects within your reach so you don’t have to strain yourself to grab them.
- Wear low heeled shoes. High heeled shoes tilt your body and put more strain on your back
- Stay off your feet. If you have to sit for a long time, sit in a comfortable chair with good support on your back or put a pillow behind the small of your back.
Pregnancy discomfort – Breast Tenderness
As you body prepares itself for breastfeeding your breasts become larger and heavier. They most likely feel full and tender as well. So how can you avoid or soothe this?
- Wear a bra that fits well and has good support. A maternity bra, a bra built with extra wide shoulder straps, more coverage in the cups, and an extra row of hooks, is a good choice.
- Wear a supportive sleep bra to give you support while you sleep
Pregnancy Discomfort – Gas and Constipation
During pregnancy you may get “backed-up” from hormonal changes or from vitamin supplements. This can cause painful bloating and gas which may be exaggerated late in the pregnancy when the weight of your uterus begins to push on your rectum. But there are ways to help this discomfort too.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help flush out your digestive tract.
- Eat high fiber foods, including vegetables, whole grain bread and bran cereal.
- Exercise to help your digestive system stay on track