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7 Things You Just Can’t Do When You’re Super Pregnant

7 Things You Just Can’t Do When You’re Super Pregnant

Remember the children’s song “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes?” When I
was pregnant, I called it “Head and Shoulders” because in my seventh
month,
I couldn’t reach my knees and toes.

If you’re in your third or even second trimester of pregnancy, you may
be feeling a little like
Violet Beauregarde. Violet is
the girl from Roald Dahl’s children’s book
Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory
who eats a stick of Willy
Wonka’s
gum then inflates into a large
spherical blueberry
. In the last few months of
pregnancy, looking like
Violet is, of course, a
funny exaggeration. Feeling “well rounded” like
Violet
is not. At least, that’s how I felt.

In all ways imaginable, pregnancy involves major change.
The physical transformation affects every part of the
body. 
Exhaustion can hit you like a ton of bricks. Your hands and feet can
swell up. Your center of gravity shifts to accommodate the growing
fetus. Fuller breasts, an enlarged uterus, weight gain and a number of
other symptoms can alter how an expectant mother maneuvers in her daily
life.

Things that are impossible to do while pregnant #1:Sleeping

photo by Victor Habbick

Pregnant women are magnets for unsolicited advice.“
Sleep as much as you can now” is a
common tip. As your belly grows, getting some shut-eye is easier said
than done.
Pregnant sleeplessness can be caused for many
reasons:

– Frequent
urination

It’s not a myth. The increasing weight of the baby can feel like a
bowling ball resting on your bladder. Also, your kidneys are busy
filtering
more
blood
. This extra flow to the kidneys fills your bladder
faster. When nature calls at night, sleep deprivation is an unfortunate
side effect.

Assist uninterrupted sleep by limiting your fluids hours before
bedtime. Also, lean forward while peeing to completely empty your
bladder. This will reduce visits to the bathroom.

– Heartburn

Many pregnant women go without sleep because of heartburn.
As the baby gets bigger, the abdominal cavity gets crowded,
and organs get squished. As a consequence, stomach acids flow back to
the esophagus. Heartburn’s scorching sensation and bitter taste can be
too uncomfortable to sleep.

Extinguish the fire by drinking water between meals. Avoid foods that
trigger symptoms, like citrus fruits, fried and spicy foods, and
caffeinated drinks. Also, eat less in one sitting, but more often
throughout the day.

– Leg cramps

Also known as
charley horses, these painful spasms can cramp
your snoozing style. It’s a tightening feeling that flares up in the
calf muscle. It usually happens
at night when you’re
lying down.
Medical experts are still not certain why leg
cramps
occur at all. Theories include vitamin and mineral
deficiencies in the diet, and fatigue from carrying extra weight.

Stretching your calf muscle before bed can help. Ensure that you’re
drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Also, elevate your feet
whenever possible.

– Anxiety

Hormonal changes and the anticipation of a new baby
can cause sleepless nights.
It’s natural for your mind to be on overdrive during
this time
. Life altering changes are occurring in your
life. It’s bound to make you feel a little nervous.

To relieve tension at night, go to bed early to get as much sleep as
possible. Make sure that the
room is quiet and free from light. In
the daytime, meet up with friends, watch a funny movie, or treat
yourself to a manicure. Also, talk to your partner, a friend, or a
parent about the concerns you are having.

– Snoring

It is common for pregnant women to
snore. Pregnant snoring is caused
by the extra weight of
pregnancy, nasal congestion, and the uterus bearing down on the
diaphragm.

If snoring is keeping you awake, consider using
nasal
strips
that help airflow in your nose. Opening the nasal
passages will reduce snoring.

7 #:Putting on Socks and Shoes

photo by luigi diamanti


A massive bump can interfere with simple tasks.
It’s not that easy to maneuver around a pregnant belly. Reaching your feet is the ultimate challenge when you are expecting. As a result, putting on socks and shoes become a daily obstacle.

In the summer months, slip-on sandals with no backs are a perfect choice. A winter pregnancy requires more coverage for your feet. Since tying shoelaces are virtually impossible when you’re pregnant,
slip on footwear is the best option.

Take heed of these helpful hints:

– Invest in a sock aid

This gadget helps you put on socks and stockings independently. It prevents bending to reach your feet, alleviating stress on your back.

– Use a long shoe horn

Pregnant women, with their limited range of motion, will appreciate a long handle shoe horn. It helps feet slide into shoes without bending.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask your partner or children for help.

Socks and shoes can also a nuisance when feet get swollen.
Pregnant feet get puffy because of weight gain and water retention. The puffier they get the tighter and more painful they feel.

photo by Toa55   


Soothe swollen feet by:

– Drinking plenty of fluids

– Reducing your salt intake

– Sitting down and elevating your legs whenever possible

– Wearing
compression socks

– Applying ice packs or a cold towel to the swollen areas

If you remember to
take breaks when you get tired, or ask for help when you need it, and you WILL. You can avoid swollen feet. There’s not going to be a medal waiting for you at the hospital because you did everything all by yourself. So ask for help and take it easy when you need to.

6 #Standing Up

photo by stockimages

A soft couch, a bed, a bath, and a car—what do these things all have in common? If you’re in an uncomfortable stage of pregnancy, getting up from one of them on your own is nearly impossible.
A growing bump makes standing much more difficult. Just thinking about it makes me exhausted.

– Soft or low couch

Trying to get up from a couch can be frustrating when you’re pregnant. It’s almost like you are stuck in a hole and can’t get up.

Try placing a pillow or a rolled up towel behind the small of your back. It will support your back and help you not to sink farther into the couch.


Bed

Getting off of the bed requires a specific technique. Roll over to your left side, then use your arm to push yourself up to a seated position. Scoot to the end of the bed with your bum until you find the floor with your feet.

Remember to take your time, and do not hesitate to ask for help.


Bath

A warm bath is a perfect way to relax tired muscles and ease stiff joints. Trying to climb out of one while pregnant can be an adventure. Forget about exhibiting grace. This job will require a partner.

Wait until the water has drained out of the bath before getting up.This will make it easier to lift your body. Also, your body will cool down slowly. Your blood pressure can suddenly drop if your body cools off too fast. The last thing you want is to feel faint or nauseous when getting out of the bath. Your center of gravity has shifted, so your chances of falling increase. Make sure someone always helps you get in and out of the bath.

photo by Chaiwat 


Car

As long as you are feeling well, driving while pregnant is fine. For a heavily pregnant woman, getting in and out of a car can be a challenge. Also, the steering wheel may eventually get in your way.

Take your time getting in and out of the car. Make sure that you are sitting at least
10 inches back from the steering wheel. Adjust your seat to sit as far back as possible. And don’t forget to always wear a seat belt. Buckling up protects you and your unborn baby.

5 #Adventurous Activities

photo by stockimages

Pregnant women need to find fun pastimes to relieve stress, but these
activities should be avoided late into the pregnancy.Most of these are no-brainers because of the risk of falling which could lead to physical harm to you and your unborn child.You’re not made of glass, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution, especially when you’re pregnant.

Every pregnancy is different. Listen to the advice of your health care professional before doing anything, and know your limits.

– Long Hikes

Although walking is a safe exercise for healthy pregnant women, there is a great risk of falling while hiking.
Poor balance, jagged rocks, and pregnancy are a bad combination.Plus, walking long distances can be strenuous. Avoid uneven terrain. Consider walking trails instead.

– Downhill skiing

Once again, the risk of falling is too great. It is very easy to lose your balance, especially when you are pregnant.
Cross country skiing is a better alternative that is much easier on your joints.

– Horseback riding

Horseback riding can be risky to anyone
.Even the most experienced rider can have an accident.The risk here is not only falling, but getting kicked by the horse if it gets scared.

– Theme park rides

The abrupt jerking movements of amusement park rides are an absolute no-no for the safety of an unborn child. The bumping and jostling can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall.
Stay away from waterslides, too.Stick to games like whack-a-mole and have fun safely.


Contact sports

Physical activities like martial arts, boxing, and squash should be avoided. Stay away from any activity where there is a
risk that you may be hit in the belly.


High altitude activities

Avoid activities like hot air ballooning and sky diving. Oxygen levels are different in higher altitudes.
Nausea can be triggered with altitude changes.Also, the air is drier, so dehydration is a risk if you don’t drink enough water.

– Theme park rides

The abrupt jerking movements of amusement park rides are an absolute no-no for the safety of an unborn child. The bumping and jostling can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall.
Stay away from waterslides, too.Stick to games like whack-a-mole and have fun safely.

4 #Finding comfort

photo by Feelart

Growing a baby can cause all sorts of pain and discomfort. Knowing how to relieve discomfort can make the grueling sides of pregnancy less of a burden.

– Sleep comfortably

With a big pregnant belly, lying on your stomach is impossible. Lying on your back can
reduce the blood flow to the developing fetus. If you sleep on your stomach or back, you will have to adjust to sleeping on your side. A pregnancy pillow can help. It is a total body pillow that cradles your belly, head, and back, while keeping your knees apart. Placing a regular pillow between your legs can also help you sleep more comfortably.

Some women ditch their beds entirely,
finding comfort in a reclining chair for the last few months of pregnancy. The benefit is that you can lean back without being fully reclined.

– Massage

Expecting mothers often carry tension in their neck, shoulders, and back.
Prenatal massage can ease sore spots, and improve mobility and circulation. Specific techniques that are tailored for pregnant women can be taught to anyone.

– Relieve constipation

Pregnant women often complain of
constipation. There are a couple of reasons why this happens. Prenatal vitamins contain iron, and constipation is a common side effect of iron supplements. Also, expecting mothers go through hormonal changes. As a result, the speed of digestion slows down.

To stay regular, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a diet that is high in fiber. Raw fruits and vegetables are your best bet.Whole grain cereals can help, too.

photo by David Castillo Dominici 

– Alleviate backache

Carrying extra weight can place strain on a pregnant woman’s back. Reduce backaches by:

– Wearing comfortable flat shoes

– Having a back support on a chair

– Avoiding prolonged standing

Sleep with a body pillow

– Car

Travelling in a car for a long time can tighten your muscles. If you’re in the passenger seat, gently point, flex, and rotate your feet to stretch your calf muscles. Wiggle your toes to help prevent your feet from swelling.
Movement can ease discomfort.

3 #Bending

photo by adamr

Remember when you could pick up a sock off of the floor with ease? When you’re super pregnant, the floor seems like a perfect place for that sock. When you are close to your due date,
bending is cause for concern. This is why:

– Risk of Falling

A pregnant woman carries a lot of weight up front. It’s an awkward time and your balance can be thrown off. This is why expectant mothers are sometimes clumsy. The growing baby pushes her center of gravity forward, putting her at risk for falling.


Lower back pain

Again, backaches are common to pregnant women. Bending at the waist to pick up objects can strain the muscles of the lower back.
If you have constant back pain, see your health care professional.Here are some ways to reduce the pain:

– Use your legs instead of bending your knees

– Keep your back straight

– Sit in a comfortable chair that has lumbar support

– Use good posture

– Wear a belly band for support before and after, but make sure you’re wearing the right kind for the state you are in


Heartburn

Bending over can increase pressure on the stomach. Acid is forced into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation and unpleasant taste.

Remember to keep your back straight when bending. Always abide by the golden rule:
if it causes discomfort or pain, avoid it.

2 #Hair Removal, Down Under

photo by Ambro

Yes, it will happen eventually. The day will come when you can’t see your lady bits. As your belly gets bigger,
you will not be able to maintain what’s happening down there as you once did. Manicuring the vaginal area will present an issue, especially because hair growth is accelerated during pregnancy.

Blind shaving or trimming could be dangerous.Take solace in knowing that you are not alone. The good news is that regardless of your situation down under, your obstetrician or midwife will not care. Their focus will be on delivering a healthy baby. Pubic hair maintenance is considered low on the priority scale.

If you
are concerned about the look of your girlie bits, so here are some things to consider:


Shaving

Shaving is probably the cheapest method for hair removal.
Using a mirror will keep you aware of your progress. Start by cutting down the hair with trimmers and then shave. Use caution and take your time.

Even a small nick can cause an infection.


Depilatories and creams

Hair removal creams are another alternative but they contain chemicals.
Reports of allergic reactions to these creams are rare. Be aware that there has been no research to prove or disprove the safety of the chemicals in these creams.

Using depilatories and creams is a simple process.Spread the cream over the skin, and wait for the time recommended in the instructions. Wipe with a cloth and the hair will simply wipe away.


Threading

Threading is natural way to remove hair because it does not use any chemicals or waxes. Hair does not grow back quickly because the hair is removed from the root. On the down side, the pubic area is a sensitive region so threading may be painful and susceptible to rashes.


Waxing

Many women choose wax for hair removal. Waxing, like threading, can hurt in sensitive areas. It can also expose skin to rashes and infections.
Some women prefer waxing over depilatories. It’s a personal choice. Check with your health care provider before waxing to see if it can be recommended for you.


Electrolysis & Laser

photo from:
National Institute

electrolysis and laser hair removal for pregnant women, medical professionals advise staying away from these options.
There is not enough data about the side effect on the unborn baby.

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