Pregnancy and childbirth are often considered to be the most glorious part of being a woman. Especially when you consider the glowing skin, lustrous hair and the pampering by loved ones it brings along.
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But it also means some side effects that can make you go ewww, like an uncontrollable bladder, nausea and passing gas. Here are ways to deal with them.
Nausea is a very common symptom during the first trimester or for a month-and-a-half in the beginning. It is more commonly known as morning sickness. “I would suggest for expectant mothers to stay in bed for 30 minutes after they wake up. Don’t stand up and brush immediately, but eat something dry like crackers or dry fruit. Reduce your water intake through the day and drink and liquids slowly, in sips,” says Mumbai-based Dr Rishma Pai, Consultant Gynaecologist at Lilavati Hospital. She also advises to avoid oily food and eat small meals through the day. Vitamin supplements could help. According to Dr Pai only those with severe case of vomiting need to be taken to the hospital and given fluids.
Acidity, burning sensation and regurgitation are other side effects of pregnancy. “Eating an early dinner, sleeping propped up and drinking milk before bed time can help,” Dr Pai says. She recommends a mild antacid if you are unable to sleep.
Your metabolism can slow down during pregnancy due to increasing levels of the hormone, progesterone. This causes constipation in many pregnant women.
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“Increasing the amount of fibrous foods like oats, fruits and vegetables in your diet will help,” says Dr Pai. It is only in rare cases that constipation turns into haemorrhoids. In that case, you can opt for over-the-counter creams that will help control your symptoms.
Swollen feet or edema is another common symptom during pregnancy. This usually takes place during the fifth month of pregnancy. “Swollen feet are common because of the pressure your body weight puts on your feet. But swollen hands and face isn’t normal,” she says. You need to consult a doctor incase your hand and face too are swollen and if it accompanied by high blood pressure. “Including lean protein in your diet like chicken, fish and leafy green vegetables in your diet and reducing your salt intake will help swollen feet get back to normal,” she says.
5. Frequent urination:
Since your uterus becomes heavy and bulky during pregnancy, you tend to feel like going to the bathroom more often. As long as it isn’t accompanied by a burning sensation, nothing can be done about it except reduce your liquid intake, especially in the evening. This will avoid multiple trips to the restroom at night.
This is another embarrassing side effect that accompanies pregnancy. Sometimes the calcium or iron supplement recommended by the doctor may not suit your system.
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And it may cause you to pass gas. “Check with your doctor for a more compatible form of calcium and iron supplement,” Dr Pai suggests. In the meantime, take an antacid like digene.
7. Vaginal infection:
Vaginal infection is common during pregnancy, Dr Pai says. This happens due to lowered immunity. There is no harm in treating it locally or using a vaginal wash to keep your privates free from infection.