How to Ease Common Pregnancy Pains

The time you spend pregnant includes a whirlwind of events—after all, you’re preparing to bring a new life into the world. While preparing for the future, however, you must also care for yourself in the present.

You spend this time nourishing and caring for two people at once, and you may inevitably experience a few discomforts along the way. If you experience any of these common ailments while pregnant, you may benefit from following a few of these tips.

1. Fatigue

Not surprisingly, one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is fatigue. You may find yourself spending much of your time fantasizing about lying among soft pillows—one for your head and one for your feet. The following tips may help ease constant fatigue:

  • Eat food rich in iron
  • Take naps throughout the day
  • Sit down when needed
  • Eat enough snacks
  • Perform light exercise (yoga, walking, bodyweight strength training)
  • Avoid caffeine

Read This: How to Eat for Energy

2. Morning Sickness

Fortunately, morning sickness is an ailment often restricted to the first trimester of your pregnancy. Unfortunately, this time isn’t exactly fun. The following may help you get through those difficult mornings:

  • Drink ginger ale and eat something small to settle your stomach
  • Avoid unpleasant smells as much as possible (carry lotion or essential oil spray to provide relief)
  • Have smaller meals spread throughout the day
  • Limit spicy foods

3. Incontinence

Incontinence is an unpleasant experience to say the least. Luckily, there are several ways you can make these bladder leaks less frequent. They can include the following:

  • Avoid drinking water immediately before bed
  • Perform Kegel exercises
  • Avoid acidic foods
  • Avoid caffeine

4. Back Pain

Unfortunately, back pain may likely worsen as your pregnancy progresses. You’ll want to keep up with some of the following routines to lessen the effects:

  • Get prenatal massages
  • Do prenatal yoga
  • Wear shoes with support
  • Apply heat to the painful area
  • Sleep on your side

Read This: Easy Exercise Routine for the First Trimester

5. Swelling Feet

Swelled feet are an extremely common side effect of pregnancy, and it’s a condition caused by water retention. The following can help make you more comfortable:

  • Keep your feet up
  • Wear compression stockings or socks
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Avoid excessive walking

6. Insomnia

While everyone knows pregnancy should also come with an abundance of rest, insomnia is not uncommon during this time. Things that may help you sleep include the following:

  • Do a few minutes of light stretching/yoga
  • Establish a sleep schedule
  • Use pregnancy pillows
  • Diffuse essential oils: Chamomile, lavender, vanilla, rose

Read This: 4 Steps to Create an Idyllic Bedtime Routine

Pregnancy is no walk in the park! I help moms-to-be find holistic and practical ways to feel their best during pregnancy, and once baby arrives. Email me at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com to schedule your free 20 minute Discovery Call to see how prenatal health coaching can help you rock this pregnancy thing!

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