Tips to ease pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms are the signs that give you the good news that you are expecting, despite this big joy they might make you uncomfortable. In this article, I will share some tips and solutions to help ease pregnancy symptoms.

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Nisreen Nemer
Published on:Dec 15th 2022 |Updated on:Apr 10th 2024
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General tips for gestational health

General tips for gestational health

- Get tests done early

Get blood tests done before you conceive, to check the levels of vitamins and minerals such as Iron in your blood. And start taking supplements prescribed by your doctor if you have any deficiencies. This preventative step will ease pregnancy symptoms and prevent any complications.

- Take folic acid

Folic acid is essential for the well-being of your baby, it prevents neurological fetal anomalies that can happen in case of deficiency. It is however important that you start taking it before you plan to conceive.

- Pre- Pregnancy diet

One of the essential steps in getting ready to conceive is taking care of your diet. Make sure you follow a healthy and nutritional diet before you get pregnant. This preparation will ease pregnancy symptoms that are annoying such as nausea and vomiting. Studies have shown that the pre-pregnancy diet has a strong effect on pregnancy symptoms especially those related to the digestive tract. A diet rich in proteins can significantly reduce nausea and vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy.

Tips to ease pregnancy symptoms

Tips to ease nausea

- Follow a protein-rich diet

Your diet in the first trimester can ease pregnancy symptoms and has a direct effect on your health and the health of your baby. Make sure you get at least 80-100 grams of protein daily, throughout your pregnancy. Many women can’t stand the smell or taste of meat and fish, but they can make up for the needed protein by consuming plant-based proteins, eggs, and dairy products. You can consult a dietitian or get the help of one of the many available diet apps that provide you with nutritional information, to help you plan your meals. A protein-rich diet can also help prevent preeclampsia.

- Stay hydrated

Doctors always recommend that pregnant women drink enough water. Consuming enough water will help ease nausea, fatigue, and dizziness that many pregnant women experience during the first trimester. Drink two to three liters of water daily, and consume water-rich foods, such as leafy greens and watermelons. Water improves blood circulation, helps in preventing constipation, helps in flushing toxins, and helps in maintaining your kidneys' health.

Tips to ease nausea and vomiting

One of the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy is an increase in the production of saliva, this will worsen nausea and vomiting. Excessive vomiting during pregnancy can lead to dehydration. You can ease vomiting by following these tips:

- Avoid greasy and spicy foods.

- Add slices of lemon, ginger, cucumber, or a few mint leaves to your water.

- Have a salty cracker or some toasted bread as soon as you wake up.

- Chew mint or cinnamon-flavored gum.

- Don’t take any medication without a prescription.

Tips to ease heartburn in pregnancy

- Consume cold foods like yogurt.

- Eat apple and cucumber slices.

- Drink water with mint leaves.

- Don’t take antacids without a prescription.

Tips to avoid constipation during pregnancy

Your bowel movements will regress during pregnancy causing constipation. This slowing in bowel movement will benefit your baby, as there will be more time for the body to absorb nutrients and send them to the fetus through the placenta. Also taking iron supplements can increase constipation as well. Avoid constipation by following these tips.

- Drink enough water.

- Consume leafy greens.

- consume fiber-rich foods.

- Eat dried prunes and prune juice.

- do your Kegels.

- Squat when going to the bathroom.

 How to ease gum and nose bleeds during pregnancy

Some ladies suffer from nose and gum bleeds during pregnancy, due to the huge increase of red blood cells, this increase in blood volume protects your body from suffering due to blood loss during the postpartum period. You can avoid this rare and annoying symptom by following these tips:

- Use a soft toothbrush.

- Gently brush your teeth.

- Don’t be exposed to the heat for too long.

How to overcome pregnancy muscle cramps?

During the third trimester some women, experience muscle cramps. You can prevent them by following these simple steps:

- Follow a healthy diet rich in all essential elements.

- Replace regular table salt with sea salt or another natural salt.

- Take supplements after consulting with your doctor.

Easing back pain

Back and pelvis pain occurs because of the loosening of ligaments, that facilitate the widening of the pelvis to accommodate the baby and ease birth. Ease this pain with these tips:

- Do tests before you get pregnant to check the levels of Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D.

- Consume Calcium-rich foods such as eggs and dairy.

- Do mild exercises that increase mobility and flexibility and decrease pain.

Take Vitamin D supplements and Calcium if your doctor prescribes them to treat a deficiency.

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Nisreen graduated as a registered nurse from Sharjah University and received her master’s degree in Public Health from Hamdan Smart University. She is a lactation specialist, AMANI childbirth educator, Certified from AMANI Childbirth in Saudi Arabia, and a Doula. With years of experience in woman’s health care and health education, especially the education of pregnant women, to help them be prepared for childbirth. Nisreen dedicates all her time to supporting women in their motherhood journey and makes sure she does her role as a birth companion perfectly. She is always there for her clients from the first contraction, until the baby is born. She is passionate about helping women through birth and breastfeeding and other steps in their motherhood journey.

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