Saturday, July 25, 2015

Common Pregnancy Ailments and Ways to Get Through Them {Guest Post}

Being pregnant to the outside world seems like the most precious occurrence in life. I’m not debating that fact, as there is certainly nothing more special than carrying new life inside of you. However, what I will say is that being pregnant certainly comes with its challenges. And the thing about it is, even if you’ve been pregnant once or twice before, it seems that no pregnancy is the same!

For instance when I was pregnant with my daughter, I didn’t have to deal with any complications. The pregnancy was smooth sailing and she came out within a week or so of the actual due date. However, when I was pregnant with my son… I experienced everything from morning sickness to gestational diabetes, and he actually had the nerve to come out a week after his due date. So how in the world do you prepare?

How can a woman know what to expect during her pregnancy and how to get through it? Luckily, I’ve adapted the motto of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. With that in mind, take a sneak peak at some of the common pregnancy ailments I encountered and how I got through them without taking too much medication.

1. Sore Breasts, Back, and Other areas of the Body

Your body is constantly stretching, moving, and adapting, for the baby growing inside of you. One day you can walk around fine and the next day you can wake up aching in places you didn’t even know existed! Your breasts are tender, your back is experiencing a lot of pressure, but you’re not allowed to take pain medication, so what can you do.

There are actually a few things you can do. You can try applying a heating pad to the aching parts of your body, you can maintain a healthy pregnancy weight (as extra weight adds to pressure felt in your back and feet), or you can invest in pregnancy support products such as an extra padded bra or a maternity belt.

2. Morning Sickness

Ugh is the only way I can think to describe the amount of morning sickness I experienced while pregnant with my son. I felt nauseous, I couldn’t keep much down, I had headaches, the whole nine yards… you name it, I felt it. Well I thought that time would make things better, as I read this generally only takes place in the first trimester, but low and behold I experienced morning sickness until I was about 6 months pregnant.

To relieve some of the symptoms I was experiencing from morning sickness I mixed and matched some natural remedies to avoid taking too much medication. I started eating lemon slices as they helped soothe the nausea, I kept peppermints in my pocketbook to soothe any stomach aches, I had a cup of ginger tea in the mornings to ease nausea, and I avoided trigger smells that made me want to puke.

3. Heartburn

As I pointed out before, I had some ideas on what to expect during pregnancy, but there were a lot of things I did not expect. Heartburn…just happened to be one of them. Sometimes no matter what I ate my chest would feel like it was on fire, and again, I didn’t want to consume too much medicine, but I knew I needed to do something about it.

Some of the things I tried that worked well included: eating smaller meal sizes, taking my time while I ate, moved around after eating a meal (instead of laying down), and propping up my head at night to allow the food to properly digest.

4. Hemorrhoids

Not the most lovely of topics to bring up, but during pregnancy, this happens a lot. As a result of the added pressure from your little bundle of joy, it can cause these horribly painful hemorrhoids that make it hard to use the restroom or sit down properly. After my second bout with these babies I realized I needed an effective solution.

To naturally treat hemorrhoids during my pregnancy I tried things that included adding more fiber to my diet, using apple cider vinegar on a cotton swab, using aloe vera to sooth the itching, investing in an all natural over the counter hemorrhoids product, and adding a cushion underneath me when I wanted to sit down.

Well, I could go on and on about the things I experienced during my pregnancy, but I’ll stop here for now. If you’ve encountered any of the above ailments, consider trying some of the natural methods of treatment I have tried. They are safe for you and for your child and will hopefully help to prevent (or at least minimize) the effects of pregnancy. When all else fails, just remember, in a few short months you’ll have a precious new baby to take care of… which of course brings about a whole new set of things you probably didn’t expect.

*Contributed by Laura Johnson

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