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Comfort Tips for Expectant Mums

Aug 17, 2007
Pregnancy should be a time of your life where you're glowing and feeling energized, but most of the time, it's a period full of aches, pains and woes. The complaints of pregnancy discomfort are many and vary from woman to woman, but some of the most common involve backaches, headaches, swollen feet, heartburn, and dealing with the heat.

There's help and relief available for those pregnancy pains, and it's just a matter of finding the solution that works for you. Here are some quick comfort tips that may ease your discomfort.

Morning sickness is a big discomfort you may have to deal with. Mostly, it passes after the sixteenth week but there are ways to lessen the symptoms. Eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis can help, as well as avoiding spicy foods or other favourites you know will end up making you feel ill. If you do suffer from morning sickness, do carry water with you during the day and sip at it constantly, as dehydration commonly goes hand-in-hand with being sick and vomiting.

Headaches are another common pregnancy complaint and you can have some killer ones. Try to lie down in a dark room and close your eyes to rest. Some women find a cool cloth on their forehead to be helpful in easing pain. You can take some acetaminophen safely, following the recommended dosage.

Heartburn is a complaint of the later months, when your growing baby pushes more on your stomach and causes acid reflux. You can try propping yourself up when you lie down, so that your upper body is above your stomach. The foods you eat can affect whether you get heartburn or not and meal size is a big factor as well. A full stomach and a baby don't go well together at all. Should you need medication to ease the discomfort, Maalox is the best choice, or your doctor can provide you with a prescription.

Feeling hotter than usual is something many expectant mothers experience. Dress comfortably and in layers so that if you do feel too warm, you can take some clothing off. Summertime is harder on pregnant women, and the heat can make you feel very uncomfortable, so stay near a fan or a pool and feel free to shed as many clothes as you need. It's better to compromise your usual need to cover up and expose your skin to the air so your body can cool itself down more efficiently.

Every woman is different and there are more complaints that you might have during your nine months. Backaches can ease with a massage from your spouse or partner, and swollen feet might like a cool bath followed by elevation. Tender breasts can be soothed with silky, loose clothing rather than rough materials.

Yeast infections require over-the-counter medication, so consult your pharmacist on the safest brand to use. For other tips and tricks, use the internet to find websites that provide more information or community forums where other pregnant women or mothers share their advice. You can also ask your doctor if he's got any good ideas to get that relief you need!
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Andi Michaels owns and writes regularly for Pregnancy And Family Planning where you can find more information and advice on all aspects of having a baby . Go to How to Stay Healthy for information and advice on staying healthy generally
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