Common complaints in pregnancy
Everyone knows about morning sickness and heartburn during pregnancy. Here are the most common complaints women have during pregnancy and we explain why these things happen.
Progesterone relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus as well as the valve that separates the oesophagus from the stomach. Heartburn is experienced because stomach acids seep back up in to the oesophaghus. It intensifies as the uterus grows.
Nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day or night. It is caused by pregnancy hormones and extreme swings in blood sugar levels.
You will find that you constantly have to run to the toilet (even at night). This is due to the fact that your bladder has less space to expand because your baby needs more and more space to grow as your pregnancy progresses. Frequent urination is not such a problem in the second trimester when the baby is out of the pelvis. When the head engages in the last trimester, the need to urinate frequently increases again.
This is not only because you often have to get up to go to the toilet, but also because your body is getting larger throughout your pregnancy. Your body now needs more support. Pregnancy also upsets one’s body clock. Insomnia gets worse in the last month as one’s body trains one to getting up at night.
Cramps are common in pregnancy, usually in the thigh, calf or foot. Due to low calcium levels or salt deficiency. Relieved by massage or calcium and salt tablets.
As long as they are not caused by hypertension, most headaches in pregnancy respond well to paracetamol.
It has the same cause as piles. Exercise regularly and avoid standing still for too long. Elevate your legs, sit with your legs uncrossed and wear support stockings.
Due to excessive hormones, women can suffer from symptoms such as mood swings, tearfulness and a feeling of not being in control of emotions. In extreme cases it could be a predictor of Post Partum Depression.