Pregnancy Complaints

Typically, morning sickness begins about the same time the placenta begins serious production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a special pregnancy hormone around week six of pregnancy. In most women, symptoms peak during week eight or nine and wane after week 13.

The good news is that morning sickness seems to be a sign that the pregnancy is going well. A National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study of 9,098 pregnant women found that women were less likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely if they vomited during their first trimester.

What worked for your sister, your best friend, and the women down the street may not do it for you. There are as many remedies as there are women. Before you find one right you may have to try a couple of strategies.

Morning sickness

Eat the way your baby eats. The child growing inside you raids your bloodstream for glucose 24 hours a day to nourish itself. Your blood sugar levels can drop sharply if you don’t take care how you replenish that supply.

Your best tactic is to switch the way you eat to the way the baby eats, a little bit at a time. Simple sugars, like fruit sugars put glucose into your system quickly and easily. You want sugars already half broken down. Orange juice and grapes are excellent.

Avoid fatty foods with lard. Do not chance that grilled cheeseburger with onion rings that may have looked great to you last week. Anything fried often seems to make pregnant women more nauseated. Food that sits in the stomach longer takes longer to digest.

Carry raw almonds with you. Snacking on raw almonds by pregnant women is designed to fulfil the requirement of small, frequent meals. They contain some fat, some protein and are high in B vitamins. They’re tastier than crackers and portable too.

Find respite with raspberry leaf tea. Try a cup of herbal tea if you feel queasy. Raspberry leaf, chamomile and lemon. Chamomile added to peppermint is more effective than peppermint alone.

Trust your body’s wisdom. As long as you’re not eating junk, eat whatever appeals to you. Avoid processed caffeine, artificial sweeteners, all drugs. If all you crave is pasta then eat it, because it really does work when women listen to their bodies.

Leg Cramps

Many women are awakened by knot like cramps in their calf muscles or feet toward the end of the middle trimester and throughout the last one. Sometimes these cramps are blamed on an electrolyte imbalance of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. The decreased circulation to the most active muscles in your legs is an additional explanation. Standing sitting or lying for a long time, as well as pressure of the uterus on major blood vessels, can slow blood supply to these muscles causing them to cramp up.

1. Massage the muscle. These cramps often awaken you with a painful startle can be extremely uncomfortable. You can massage the cramped muscle when the cramp occurs or have your mate rub it to promote circulation
2. Walk it off. Walk if you can. The best thing is getting up and moving around.
3. Stretch it. Stretch it out, lie in bed, grab the toes of your hurting leg, and pull them back toward your head while keeping your knee straight and as close to the mattress as you can, if the cramp is severe.

Headaches – Drink water

A common concern of pregnancy is headaches and nausea. While pregnant you may experience headaches frequently or only occasionally but chances are you will experience them. Pregnancy headaches come on without warning and often start and stop suddenly. They can be migraine like, throb, pound and feel like a rubber band squeezing around your head. Some actual migraine sufferers may find that their headaches get more frequent and sever during pregnancy and others become less intense or less frequent while they are pregnant. Some last a few minutes while some occur off and on all day. Even though researchers believe hormonal changes are the cause in these headaches it is likely that the tremendous emotional and physical changes that accompany pregnancy also contribute to them. After all during times of stress and change, tension headaches often occur.  Drink water!!!