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  • 3 Common Preggy Discomforts and How to Deal with Them

    Nobody said having a baby was a walk in the park. We share three of the most common discomforts preggy women experience and what you can do.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
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    Read on to see more discomforts during pregnancy and how to deal with them.

     

    2. Sleepiness and Fatigue
    preggy backpainFatigue and sleepiness are also common pregnancy discomforts during the first and last trimesters. Since the first trimester is a crucial period during which the major organs of the fetus develop, pregnant women experience a sense of exhaustion and sleepiness due to the hormonal changes in the body and the growth of the fetus. The extra weight as a preggy mom’s belly grows also adds to the woman’s discomfort.

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    Suggested remedies :
    Try taking a power nap (10 to 15 minutes) occasionally to help you become energized without causing unnecessary sleepiness. You may also want to consult your OB-Gyne as you may have iron deficiency anemia, characterized by a low level of iron in your blood which may cause lightheadedness and dizziness.


    3. Heartburn or Acid Reflux
    Defined as a discomfort or pain in the chest, often after eating, heartburn can be triggered by the pregnancy hormone progesterone.  Progesterone  relaxes the muscles of the valve between the esophagus and stomach, causing the gastric acids to back up, and may result in a painful burning sensation in the lower chest or abdominal region.

    Suggested remedies :

     Try taking antacids (clear this with your OB-Gyne first, of course) and sleeping with two or three pillows to keep your head elevated and prevent acid reflux. Try eating smaller meals throughout the day to help moderate the amount of stomach acids. Avoid heartburn-causing foods such as chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy and fatty foods. Steer clear of coffee and tea as well, as these may relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause the same discomfort.


    SOURCES:
    •    MorningSicknessHelp.com
    •    February 28, 2011. Ceridwen Morris. “The Most Common Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms” Babble.com
    •    July 19, 2010. Diana. “Sleepiness During Pregnancy” Pregnancyihub.com
    •    April 23, 2010. Sharon Gillson. “Preventing Heartburn During Pregnancy” Heartburn.About.com

     

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