How to Solve Common Pregnancy Problems
Most expectant mothers have barely finished rejoicing over the positive pregnancy test before the first of the many frustrating, but perfectly normal, pregnancy-related ailments comes along. Every pregnant woman will experience at least some of the many, usually minor, problems which crop up during the course of a pregnancy. Here are some of the tried and true remedies for common pregnancy problems, as recommended by real moms.
In addition to rising hormone levels, many women experience heightened senses of taste and smell during their pregnancy. This can mean that some scents and tastes that were easily tolerable before now induce nausea. This nausea does not always lead to vomiting, but the persistent feeling of nausea can be very uncomfortable.
One of the oldest known remedies for nausea is ginger. It doesn’t matter what form the ginger is in, whether it is chunks of crystallized ginger, a ginger infused tea or even the form of ginger ale (as long as it contains actual ginger and not just flavourings). Some women also find that eating something plain and simple like crackers can help. On the other hand, some women find that by sucking on a piece of hard candy and raising their blood sugar they are able to effectively relieve nausea.
Due to rising hormone levels, the muscles in a pregnant woman’s oesophagus relax. This means that stomach acids sometimes splash upwards and cause irritation. This can be very painful for some women, for others it is more of a persistent discomfort.
There are a number of over the counter remedies for heartburn, but you should always consult a pharmacist before taking any medicines while you are pregnant. Some women prefer to avoid medicines altogether while pregnant; for these women, apple cider vinegar can help. Other women recommend peppermint tea.
Many women experience dry mouth during their pregnancy. For some women this is intermittent, for others it can be quite persistent. There are a number of different potential root causes for a dry mouth during pregnancy. In some cases, it is a simply increased susceptibility to dehydration and the woman only needs to increase her fluid intake slightly.
Dry mouth is a symptom that is always worth discussing with your doctor. This is because, while it is most often completely harmless, it could be a sign of gestational diabetes. If you notice that you are regularly thirsty and also urinating much more frequently then this could indicate high blood sugar levels and therefore potentially diabetes. Most pregnant women will experience increased urination, particularly in the latter stages of the pregnancy where the baby is pressing against the bladder.
Check out this guide from remedypharmacist.com for a more comprehensive guide to what dry mouth in pregnancy might signify and how it can be treated.
All pregnant women will notice that, as they go through their pregnancy, they experience varying degrees of side effects and complications. Fortunately, for most women, these are minor and easily solved. For more advice on what to do about common pregnancy problems, this guide from the NHS is very helpful.