Being pregnant is one of the most amazing things a woman can go through. After all, bringing a new little human being into this world is a pretty great thing to accomplish. Furthermore, there are actually a lot of mothers out there who had a great time from the start of their pregnancy until the end. Additionally, there are a lot of things that do make being pregnant quite an enjoyable experience for one to have.
Seeing an unborn and healthy child on an ultrasound, whether or not it is for the first time, is always a fun thing to do. Also, hearing their heartbeat is not only reassuring but comforting as well, and feeling and seeing them move is definitely a unique thing to go through. But, not everyone has such a great time while they are pregnant. Even some of the healthiest pregnancies can be pretty hard at times.
While a lot of women get through their pregnancies just fine, there are many times where things can be less than ideal. For example, some symptoms of pregnancy that may be minor or nonexistent for some, are really hard for other women. So, here are some things mothers can do to make their pregnancies just a bit easier.
20 Staying Hydrated Helps With Morning Sickness
In movies and television shows, pregnant women are often shown running to the bathroom before they get sick. This is a very common symptom to have, especially for those who are in their first trimester. But sometimes this symptom can be really hard to deal with, and therefore make it hard for the expecting mother to get anything done.
One of the things that may make this less severe is drinking sips of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is very important, but sipping your water slowly is almost equally as important, because drinking it really fast might make the nausea worse.
19 Good Food Keeps Nausea Away
A lot of expecting mothers may find themselves trying to keep their morning sickness at bay, as it can be one of the hardest parts of the first trimester. Usually, pregnant women who are going through this may try to stay away from food sometimes in order to not smell or eat anything that might make them sick.
But, one of the remedies morning sickness is food itself. A very healthy diet can go a long way, so it is important for the mother to make sure she is eating the right foods. For example, a great meal idea for an expecting mother who is having morning sickness is something rich in vegetables, chicken, and whole grains.
18 Eat More Fiber
Pregnant women tend to spend a lot of time in the bathroom. This is certainly true when it comes to those who are in their first trimester.
So, it may come as a surprise that one of the other symptoms that comes along with being pregnant is constipation. While this does not happen to all ladies who are with child, there are some who do go through this.
There are a few ways this can be relieved if it does happen. One way a woman can help her body cure her constipation is by eating things that have a high fiber content.
17 Warm Baths Help Mom Deal With trouble down under
Having a new baby girl or boy is great. However, there can be some less than pleasant moments that happen along the way, and sometimes hemorrhoids are part of that. Furthermore, these can arrive after the baby is born as well.
One important thing to remember is that in most cases, these things do not develop until the mother is in her second or third trimester. Thankfully, there are quite a few things that can be done to help an expecting woman avoid having hemorrhoids, or at the very least, help her get rid of them.
One way pregnant women can treat hemorrhoids is to take a quick dip in the tub. The warm water will not only help the mother stay clean, but it will also have a relaxing affect.
16 Kegels Are Good For Many Reasons
Pregnancy is not something that is for the faint of heart. It takes a very tough person to handle some of the things that come along with carrying a new baby, which is part of what moms are so awesome.
One of the things many pregnant ladies, as well as new mothers, report having is urinary incontinence. There are many reasons that expecting mothers may experience this at one point or another.
The good news is that there is something moms can do to make it easier. Kegels can not only help a woman control this issue, but they can help her avoid it completely in some cases.
15 Acupuncture Is Helpful In Curing Headaches
There are a lot of things that can be done to combat pain and other sensations that may be unpleasant. One of the most interesting ways to do that is through acupuncture, which originated many years ago in China.
During the acupuncture process, thin needles are inserted into the skin in certain areas. This is meant to restore the person back to his or her health.
Acupuncture is great for pregnant women. More specifically, it is very good at fighting off headaches that are caused by pregnancy. Furthermore, the expecting mothers who choose to have acupuncture done to fight off headaches are less likely to consume pain medication than their peers who do not participate in it.
14 Massages Also Work
When a woman is expecting a new little boy or girl, there are very few medications she is allowed to take for any pain she might feel, as it may be harmful to the unborn fetus. So, that is why massages are a wonderful thing for expecting mothers to look into when seeking natural pain relief.
There are a lot of things that may help pregnant women ease their headaches or make them go away completely. Along with acupuncture, getting a massage may help. Additionally, massages are a good headache remedy because they do not always require another person, so they are very convenient.
13 Sugar-free Gum Can Stop Heartburn
There are a lot of pregnancy symptoms that are very common. For some women, these symptoms may be mild, and for others they might turn out to be more severe.
One of the symptoms that has been reported by a lot of expecting mothers is heartburn. Typically, for those who do have pregnancy related heartburn, it is not likely to happen until the second or third trimester. But when heartburn does arrive, it is pretty unpleasant. This symptom happens because our hormones directly affect how our body digests certain food.
This is where sugarless chewing gum comes in. It helps the body avoid heartburn by making more saliva, which is a good way to neutralize any acid making its’ way into the esophagus.
12 Alter Your Meals So They Do Not Cause Heartburn
There are many foods out there that are not only delicious but also beneficial to one’s health. But, sometimes these particular foods can also cause some people to have heartburn, which is particularly true for those who are carrying unborn children.
So, some mothers may choose to cut out these trigger foods altogether. Some things that may trigger heartburn in pregnant women are tomatoes, soda, coffee, chocolate, and fried food.
However, cutting those things out completely is not needed. For example, limiting how much chocolate one consumes, as well as eating something else beforehand, can be extremely helpful for those who are trying to avoid getting heartburn.
11 Ginger Stops Nausea
A lot of pregnant women spend a great deal of their first trimester experiencing nausea. Some do not feel it at all, but it can be truly awful for others. This is usually referred to as morning sickness, but the truth is that this can happen at any time of the day or night.
But the good news is that the list of natural ways to treat nausea is pretty long. A very effect way to treat it is to consume some form of ginger.
Also, there are a lot of different forms ginger that can be used. For example, pregnant mothers can drink tea made with ginger, or even ginger ale, to ease or prevent nausea.
10 Use A Donut Shaped Pillow
Anyone can get hemorrhoids, whether they are pregnant or not. However, being pregnant can increase ones’ chances of having them.
This usually occurs for a couple of reasons. One thing that may make it easier for expecting mothers to handle having a hemorrhoid is a donut shaped pillow. These are especially helpful for those who have jobs that involve sitting for long periods of time.
Usually when someone has a hemorrhoid, it is very painful for them to sit. So a pillow that is specifically designed for this type of problem can be very helpful for an expecting mother to have.
9 Exercise Is Good For being clogged up
Exercise is something that is very helpful for everyone. There are a lot of benefits to being active every day, even if it is only for a few minutes.
While pregnant women should try to avoid some exercises, they should still try to do some light exercising at least a few times a week. Furthermore, this can help in digestion, which is an especially big deal with ladies who are carrying a child.
Exercise can stimulate our bowels. Furthermore, producing sweat can do this as well. Doing this for approximately half an hour each time is a good way to avoid becoming constipated.
8 Wait Before Lying Down After A Meal
There are a lot of people, pregnant or not, who will have indigestion at some point in their life. But, pregnant women are definitely at a higher risk of it, and having indigestion is inconvenient at best, and quite painful at its’ worst. However, there are some pretty simple ways to keep it at bay.
Typically, it is not a good idea to lay down after a meal. This is true for anyone, but especially pregnant women. This is because stomach acid may get near the esophagus, which will cause indigestion.
Instead, wait approximately two hours being laying down. Another tip is to elevate your upper body.
7 Iron Is Good For Those With Anemia
There are hundreds of different types of anemia. However, pregnant women are more prone to certain kinds than they are to others.
Iron, folic acid, and vitamin B-12 are very important, and lacking any one of those things can cause anemia. However, iron-deficiency anemia is the leading cause of this health issue in the United States of America.
Since many cases of anemia are caused by lack of iron, it is important for pregnant women who are anemic to eat foods that have high levels of iron. Some foods that are great for increasing iron levels are potatoes, meat, eggs, and leafy green foods.
6 Mom Should Keep Her Feet Up To Avoid Swelling
Many of the somewhat minor problems pregnant women have to deal with before the birth of their baby are connected to their feet and ankles. One issue that can affect this area directly is something known as edema, which is basically just swelling.
The ankles, as well as the feet, have the job of supporting all of our bodyweight. So when we are pregnant, it is only natural for the pressure around that area to increase quite a bit.
A very beneficial thing for mom to do in this scenario is to elevate her feet for a bit. She should place them anywhere between eight and ten inches above her heart.
5 If Mom Has A Sore Chest, Frozen Foods Are Handy
Sometimes expecting mothers get some telltale pregnancy symptoms before they even take a pregnancy test. Typically, a sore chest is one of these things, and that is due to the sudden changes that are going on inside of the body at this time.
For some, this may not happen, or it might be something that is barely bothersome. But for others, even the slightest touch can be very painful.
Furthermore, frozen foods can be of some help for women in this situation. Those who have a very sore chest may find some relief in holding frozen food packages against the affected area.
4 Keeping Your Bra In The Freezer Can Help Alleviate Sweating
One thing that sometimes accompanies changing hormones is an increase in sweat. Pregnant women tend to sweat more than those who are not pregnant, and that is due to a few things, including hormonal changes. The increase in blood flow, and changes to the metabolism can also contribute to this issue.
There are a lot of tips pregnant ladies can take to make this problem slightly more tolerable. Turning on the air condition, drinking more liquids, and avoiding being outside are some things moms can do, but that is not always realistic. One other way mothers can make this easier to deal with is to put their bra in the freezer for a bit before wearing it.
3 Napping On An Inner Tube Relaxes The Back
Being pregnant is wonderful. But it can also come with some very painful side effects. One very unpleasant and painful thing that a lot of women experience while they are pregnant is back pain. Usually, this type of pain is located in the lower back.
This pregnancy symptom can be caused by a lot of different things. Increase in weight, changes in the expecting mother’s posture, and stress are just a few of the many things that can be the cause of back pain throughout pregnancy.
One very unique and helpful way to make back pain less of an issue during pregnancy is to take a nap on an inner tube, or at least lay on it for a little while. This is a good way to relax the shoulders, as well as the back muscles.
2 Regular Physical Activity Helps With Mood Swings
Changes in hormones during pregnancy can affect a lot of other things. For example, one of the many common symptoms of pregnancy is mood swings.
This is a pretty tough thing to handle. Mood swings do not only affect the pregnant woman, as they can also put a strain on the relationships she has with the people around her.
Fortunately, there are some things that can be helpful to those who find themselves in this situation. Exercise is a well-known mood enhancer, as it is very affective.
Furthermore, getting out of the office or out of the house can help as well. A change of scenery is always good for situations like this.
1 Eat Potassium Rich Snacks Before You Go To Bed To Avoid Bloating
Bloating is something everyone experiences at one point or another. But for pregnant women, bloating may become more severe as they get closer to giving birth.
There are a few different ways expecting moms can avoid experiencing this. Something that does make bloating happen less often is eating things that are rich in potassium.
There are quite a few foods that fall into this category, such as bananas, pistachios, kiwis, oranges, and avocados. Furthermore, since these are foods that help combat bloating, they can be eaten before bedtime, since there is no need to worry about bloating or heartburn after eating them.