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6 Pregnancy Complications Every Mom-to-Be Should be Aware of

6 Pregnancy Complications Every Mom-to-Be Should be Aware of
  • PublishedJuly 9, 2024

Pregnancy is a remarkable journey filled with anticipation and joy, but it also brings its own set of challenges.
For expectant mothers, recognizing and effectively managing these common issues can significantly enhance the experience. Here’s an exploration of the primary pregnancy concerns that every woman should be aware of:

Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is the most widely recognized pregnancy symptom and can occur at any time of the day.
This issue is majorly signified by nausea and vomiting which can be managed by eating small, frequent meals and staying hydrated. In severe cases, your healthcare provider may recommend medications to alleviate symptoms.

Back Pain
Increased weight and shifts in your center of gravity can lead to back pain, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy.
Expectant mothers can manage the issue by practicing good posture, wearing supportive shoes and doing prenatal yoga or exercises designed to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, which can provide support and relief.

Feeling unusually tired and overwhelmed during pregnancy is normal, especially in the first and third trimesters. Nonetheless, you are advised not to undertake strenuous duties throughout the pregnancy.
Fatigue can be managed by ensuring you get plenty of rest and maintaining a balanced diet with regular light exercise.

Heartburn and Indigestion
A heartburn refers to a burning sensation in the chest or throat as a result of stomach acid reflux.

As your pregnancy progresses, hormonal changes can relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus, causing stomach acids to leak into the esophagus. You can manage it by eating smaller meals, avoiding spicy and acidic foods that might trigger it and sitting upright after eating.

Swelling of the feet, ankles and hands (edema), is common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, due to increased fluid retention.
Elevating your legs when possible, avoiding standing for long periods and wearing comfortable shoes with good support can help reduce swelling.

Mood Swings
Hormonal changes, specifically fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy can lead to mood swings, with emotions oscillating between highs and lows.
Engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, practicing mindfulness and having a strong social support system can help manage these emotional changes.

By being aware of these common pregnancy issues and taking proactive steps to manage them, expectant mothers can enhance their pregnancy experience and focus more on the excitement of welcoming their new arrival into the world.
It is also important to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or if symptoms become severe for personalized guidance and support.

Written By
Wangari Njoroge