By Cara Barilla
The time of pregnancy can become an unpredictable one, dealing with common fears, trying to understand what’s going on with your constantly changing body and what to expect during labor. The difficulties which most women find to be the most hard to manage are the Emotional and Physical Discomforts during all stages of pregnancy. Do all women suffer from the same discomforts? Certainly not; All pregnancy experiences are extremely different from one female body to the next, as genetics, diet, weight, lifestyle, Health, family health history, routine and many more factors can definitely alter your individual circumstance. On the contrary, there are some common discomforts that are on the top of the list that highlights to be the most occurring issues. These discomforts can occur during any times of your pregnancy. Here are some ways which you can relate to the more common discomforts and how to manage them in your own individual way as you live your every day to day lifestyle.
Back pain: Whether or not you have a crooked spine which may be a form of scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis or any other form of back problem its best to have your back checked out by your local kinesiologist or chiropractor to recognise early stages of back pain to assist in the management throughout your trimesters. Your local health professional can help you balance the new weight as the months surpass so you won’t be dragging on the excess kilograms in additional pain.
Mental imbalance: whether you are angry, frustrated and edgy one day or happy, emotional and placid the next, mental and emotional imbalance is extremely common during pregnancy. This can lead to memory loss, foggy mindedness, clumsiness and fatigue. To prevent these symptoms you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day and taking at least a half hour walk each day. This will assist in brain mobility function and help release pressure and mental stress.
Weight gain: Cravings are quite common during pregnancy. Sometimes it is your body telling you that you need certain nutrients for your baby, but others are simply hormonal. Its best to measure your individual weight guidelines with your local GP to truly identify what is ideal for your body type, health situation and height.
Morning sickness: The feeling of Nausea, vomiting in the morning and throughout the day unexpectedly are showing signs of morning sickness. A simple glass of water with lemon and ginger aids in the uncomfortable symptoms. Try to avoid dairy also as this may make it more pronounced. If you are losing too much weight whilst having morning sickness its best to speak to a medical practitioner.
Edema: Edema and what we also refer it to as “fluid retention” is a very common consistent sign during pregnancy. Ways to manage this are elevating your legs, long walks to keep your blood flowing, drinking plenty of water and less sugary and artificial foods, eating less carbohydrates and keeping in cool areas will certainly manage the excessive risks of serious cases of edema.
Rib pain: rib pain is a very common discomfort and all derived from your uterus growing and not managing enough room to balance flow. This causes congestion and slight rib pain. Try to always wear soft loose clothing such as maxi dresses, cottons, keep your body relaxed and ensure you are wearing the right comfortably fitted maternity bras.
Tail bone pain: Tail bone pain is all hormonal and is a completely normal side effect of pregnancy. Its best to keep either a doughnut pillow of sift cushioning on you at all times or roll up a blanket, towel or item of clothing wherever you go to prevent ongoing discomfort.
Depression: constant cycles of mood swings, feeling down and the on-going releasing and production of hormones are all derived from depression. Ensure you have a close family friend or professional to let out all of your tension to. It is simply unhealthy for yourself and your growing baby to withhold any unwanted tension or sadness. If these symptoms are more so common it is extremely helpful to go outside and take long walks around the local bay, park or do something which you enjoy to do. Taking your mind off your depressive thoughts is crucial to this situation.
Second thoughts on your partner and life situation: Due to hormones surfacing and misbalancing you may be very foggy minded on your life situation. You may question decisions you have made about your life and even your partner. It’s best to speak to a medical professional even though these emotions can be quite common, they can also be very serious and need to be addressed and managed immediately. If you feel comfortable, you could discuss these emotions with your partner or a loved one also work on a plan on how to help you deal with the feelings you are having. Sometimes just talking can really help and it’s a great bonding time to express as much as you can to your partner, and especially your close loved ones.
In a positive note, as all of these factors pinpoint negative contributions to your pregnancy, it is safe to recognise the early symptoms of these discomforts whether physical or mental and either speak you your local physician, medical practitioner, psychologist, nurse or a close relative. Releasing the buildup of symptoms both mentally and physically is a very important part of your pregnancy to help sustain good health. A healthy balanced routine is crucial to effective inner and outer health management. Ensure you are eating right, getting enough rest, speaking to loved ones to release unwanted toxins and tension and relax. Good bodily circulation is crucial to this circulation and with the right positive outlook, regime, diet, support and surroundings your pregnancy will be one to manage with confidence.