4 Common Discomforts During Pregnancy and How to Manage Them
With all the joys that come along with pregnancy, there are also some not so joyous moments. During your pregnancy there may be times of discomfort. The symptoms and severity vary from woman to woman. Below are 4 common discomforts during pregnancy and tips from Obstetrics and Gynecology physician Dennis Idowu MD at the PIH Health Women’s Center in Los Angeles, on how to manage your symptoms.
- Morning Sickness: Nausea and vomiting is one discomfort many pregnant women are familiar with. Nausea is more prevalent in the morning; however, it may last all day. Morning sickness is easily triggered by stress, spicy and fatty foods, and smells. Morning sickness can be alleviated by eating small meals often during your day, avoiding processed foods, staying hydrated with water, tea and electrolytes and getting fresh air. Always speak to your doctor if your nausea is severe and constant.
- Fatigue: During pregnancy, your body directs its resources to growing the fetus. This, in addition to hormonal, emotional, and physical changes, causes fatigue. The best way to treat fatigue is with rest. Take naps, create a calming atmosphere in your bedroom, get an adequate night’s rest, nourish your body with healthy foods, and limit technology before bedtime.
- Swelling or Fluid Retention: Some swelling during pregnancy is to be expected. However, persistent severe swelling needs to be monitored by your doctor. Some ways to minimize and prevent swelling staying hydrated; resting with your feet up; wearing comfortable and loose clothing, shoes, compression socks; and doing gentle exercise such as walking, swimming or yoga.
- Skin Changes: Acne, stretch marks, blotchiness, and pigmentation are all common during pregnancy due to fluctuations in hormone levels and rapid weight gain. These often require little to no treatment and usually resolve after pregnancy. If bothersome, treatments can include a gentle skincare routine, pregnancy safe facials, and stretch mark creams.
Call your doctor’s office if symptoms worsen over time. To find a PIH Health doctor near you, visit: PIHHealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.