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Common Health Problems In Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, a number of annoying health problems will come up every now and then. It is very important to have a clear idea about which ones need immediate medical attention, and which can be relieved by some simple changes.

Here is a list of the most common health problems that almost everyone faces at some point in their pregnancy.

Cramps
This is the most common pregnancy health problem and usually happen towards the second half of your pregnancy. It is accompanied by a sharp pain up your legs and often occurs in the middle of the night. For preventing it, stretch your calf muscles before going to bed. In case you DO get a cramp, straighten your legs while pulling your toes back to ease the pain.

Cramps, image from : bounty.com
Cramps, image from : bounty.com

Frequent Urination
This happens when you feel the need of passing urine more frequently than usual. This is a common health problem which will get worse as the baby grows in size, increasing the pressure on your bowel. There is not much that you can do about it though. Some women consider using adult diapers when attending meetings or going for trips.

Incontinence
Urinary Stress Incontinence (USI) means losing bladder controls and leaking urine. It usually occurs when you cough or laugh too hard. This problem too, increases towards the end of pregnancy. For prevention, you can try some pelvic floor exercises which helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Wearing sanitary napkin while going outside can help with the embarrassment of wetting your pants.

Indigestion and Heartburn
Indigestion is just one of those problems which you will definitely experience at some point of your pregnancy. Heartburn along with this, makes it a very uncomfortable problem for pregnant women. For prevention, avoid having spicy and fatty food. And don’t eat too much at a time. Once you have it, ask your doctor for a pregnancy safe antacid.

Blocked Nose
This is one of the most uncomfortable health problems for any expecting mother. Many pregnant women will find their nose either blocked up or runny without any reason for catching cold. It might even bleed for no obvious reason. You might also develop a super-sized, swelled up nose. In this case, don’t blow your nose too hard and don’t use any over the counter product either. Check with your doctor and use saline drops or sprays. Inhaling steam can also help.

Varicose Veins
Varicose veins or swollen veins can develop in your genital area. This can be quiet uncomfortable and painful. In this case, lie down several times a day. This will help in relieving the pressure from the veins. Pelvic floor exercises can help too.

Constipation and Hemorrhoids
It is quiet common to develop severe constipation during pregnancy. If not treated quickly, it can also result to getting Hemorrhoids. To prevent this, make sure your diet contains a lot of fiber. Also, drink plenty of water and ask your physician to recommend exercises for this purpose.

Backache
Almost all expecting mothers experience mild to serious backache throughout their pregnancy. It is experienced when the ligaments start stretching and when the body starts preparing itself for the additional weight of the baby. For getting relief, try different antenatal exercises regularly, take sufficient bed rest and wear slippers.

This pretty much sums up all the possible health problems that you might face when you are pregnant. Most of these can be taken care of by following some simple steps. In case any of these seem alarming, contact your doctor or midwife to get a solution and prevent it from getting worse.

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