Common Discomforts During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting time but it can also be a time that’s filled with a lot of anxiety as your body can experience the many changes that go along with being pregnant. It is important to keep in mind that you are not alone during your pregnancy and that many women are experiencing the same issues. Here is a list of some of the common discomforts you may experience throughout your pregnancy and how to recognise if they are completely normal or may need further assessment by your antenatal healthcare provider.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy and often at times subsides at the end of the first trimester, but can also last throughout the whole pregnancy or stop for minimal time, only to reappear later. It is also important to note that while it is called morning sickness it can occur at any time during the day. Morning sickness doesn’t do any harm to the baby, however if you are experiencing severe and ongoing vomiting it is important to let your doctor know as excessive vomiting can cause you to become dehydrated. Other ways you can help to combat the affects of morning sickness include:

  • Eating smaller meals more often
  • Avoiding fatty or spicy foods or foods you know make you feel sick and
  • Eating a dry biscuit before getting out of bed

Swelling

There are three main reasons why you might experience swelling during your pregnancy. These reasons are:

  • excess blood being created to help your baby grow
  • additional pressure on your veins from the uterus because as your baby grows, it blocks the blood from your legs returning to your heart or
  • the new hormones makes the walls of your veins softer, making it harder for them to work

Most pregnant women have swollen feet and ankles at some point, and this is perfectly normal. However, there are times when swelling could indicate something more serious.

Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital immediately if:

  • swelling is there at the start of the day or doesn’t go down when you rest
  • your face or hands are swollen
  • the swelling is more than you have had before.

These are warning signs for pre-eclampsia (pregnancy related high blood pressure). This is a very serious condition both for you and your baby, so call your doctor or midwife as soon as possible. Don’t wait for your next regular appointment.

Headaches 

Headaches are common in early pregnancy however they usually stop or the severity lessens the further along you progress. They don’t do any harm to your baby however they can be uncomfortable for you. During pregnancy it is recommended that only paracetamol be used to treat a headache. If you have any concerns you should ask your pharmacist, midwife or doctor about the recommended dose and duration of use.

In the second half of your pregnancy if you develop a headache in the front of your head and not relieved by paracetamol it may be a sign that you are developing pre-eclampsia. It is important that you discuss these kinds of headaches with your antenatal health care provider.

 

At Breed Street Clinic, we are very dedicated to the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies. If you have any concerns regarding the symptoms you are experience throughout your pregnancy we encourage you to attend our Antenatal Classes. Call us today on (03) 5176 1933 to get more information about our next class.