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Changes to your body

Below are some common complaints during pregnancy and changes taking place in your body. If you experience these or other complaints, report it to your midwife. To determine whether there is actually an innocent ailment or not. And maybe she can give additional tips for your specific situation.


Almost all women are more tired during their pregnancy. Especially during the first three and last three months. One reason is that all changes in the body of a pregnant woman much energy. Try these admit fatigue, limit yourself to things that are absolutely necessary and take some extra rest day.

Emotional showers
The pregnancy hormones can sometimes emotional or uncertain. This is normal.

Headaches are common during the first 3 months of pregnancy. The cause is unclear. Be careful and take painkillers if the symptoms persist, contact your midwife.

Nausea usually starts from 6 weeks gestation and, especially in the morning, accompanied by vomiting. Usually these symptoms disappeared after 14 weeks. The cause is the rapid rise in pregnancy hormones in your body.

  • For you stand a light breakfast of biscuits or crackers, then continue to lie,
  • Take frequent small meals per day light;
  • Avoid fatty and spicy food and cold drinks.

By pregnancy the stomach and pushed upward by the pregnancy hormones working the sphincter of the stomach less. This means that stomach contents can easily flow back into the esophagus. That gives a burning sensation.Tips:

  • Take frequent small meals;
  • Avoid fatty, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, coffee and alcohol
  • complaints sometimes helps a glass of milk or a spoonful of custard;
  • Try to minimize
  • to lean forward;
  • Sit up straight so your stomach gets space;
  • Do not eat just before going to bed;
  • If you
  • night you suffer an extra pillow under your head lay.
Pelvic pain / back pain

pubis is less firmly under the influence of pregnancy hormones. This allows the two halves easier jaws relative to one another. This means that your complaints of lower back or pelvis can get.

  • Do not wear high heels;
  • Avoid vacuuming;
  • Walk up the stairs by becoming a stand to put on the step;
  • Get out of bed by two feet past the bed and then hang up until your body get back into work
  • Avoid prolonged standing, long walk, long sit,
  • Take regular rest
Frequent urination

The increased blood flow to the bladder and pressure of the uterus on the bladder, many women are the first 3 months of pregnancy increased urination. In the last 3 months this is because the baby's head pressing on the bladder.

vaginal discharge
pregnancy you get more vaginal discharge. This is due to increased blood flow in the area. Normally this 'watery', white and odorless.

Difficult bowel movement / Constipation

The bowel works more slowly in the pregnancy so that more water again absorbed into the body. This allows the hard stool in pregnancy.

  • Eat lots of fiber (raw fruits, vegetables, wholemeal bread, legumes)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get plenty of exercise.
Varicose veins / hemorrhoids

Many pregnant women have spider veins on the legs or the labia or the anus (hemorrhoids).

to varicose veins in the legs or vulva is little to do. The following tips can be enlightening.

Tips for venous leg:
  • Do not wear tight pants,
  • Do not stay too long in one position or sitting;
  • Put your feet up regularly;
  • Increase the foot of your bed slightly;
  • Do not wear high heels;
  • your legs Shower with cold water.
If you suffer a lot less you can consult with your midwife to be custom fit stockings.
Tips for varicose veins of the vulva:
  • Wear loose fitting shorts / briefs;
  • Create an ice pack by a towel under the tap to keep it to freeze. Put it in a washcloth and then you see.

If you have hemorrhoids, make sure that the stool remains soft to prevent the hemorrhoids worse.

especially calf cramps during pregnancy are common. The cause is unclear.

Order to eliminate the cramping you, possibly with help, with one leg outstretched toes towards you to move and thereby stretching the calf muscle.