Managing Symptoms of Pregnancy
The journey to motherhood has begun. You feel a mixture of anticipation, joy, hope, excitement, and perhaps a little apprehension. Unfortunately, these euphoric moments may be punctuated with episodes of nausea, constipation, and back pain. How do you get through the rest of the pregnancy without these nagging discomforts?
During pregnancy a woman's body goes through some major changes to meet the demands of her growing baby. These changes are initiated by the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and the other hormones of pregnancy, and are often accompanied by numerous discomforts. These normal side effects, which vary among women and pregnancies, are not the same as complications. (Complications of pregnancy include hypertension, anemia, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and vaginal bleeding.) Here are some common pregnancy discomforts and tips on how to manage them.
Breast changes include tenderness, heaviness, tingling, as well as an increase in size, darkening of the areolae (skin around the nipples), and more apparent bumps and blood vessels.
What may help: Wear a supportive bra. Try different styles and sizes. You may be more comfortable than bras you currently wear.
Last reviewedDecember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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