Provide Relief for the Most Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes radical changes during pregnancy – but learning to cope with some of the changes is difficult.

common symptoms of pregnancy

Here are a few tried-and-tested ways of dealing with the symptoms of pregnancy.

Morning sickness and heartburn

One of the most dreaded signs of pregnancy is morning sickness.

Around the sixth week of pregnancy, the symptoms (such as nausea and vomiting), will be at their most frequent and vociferous – so be prepared!

Avoid fatty foods such as fried eggs and fried onions, as most pregnant women find not only the smell and the taste disgusting, but even the sight of them may well send you running for the bathroom.

Spicy foods such as chilli and curry can also make you feel particularly queasy, and can also lead to chronic heartburn, so as a preventative measure most experts advise avoiding these foods, or at the very least approaching them with caution.

Aches and pains

Pregnant women will normally experience a series of aches and pains during pregnancy, week by week. The symptoms of these sure signs of pregnancy can be alleviated in a number of different ways:

1. Leg cramps
For leg cramps choose a diet that is rich in calcium with plenty of milk (4 glasses a day is recommended) and potassium. It is recommended that you consume 4,700 mg of potassium per day while pregnant.

Potassium-rich foods such avocados (which contain 1000mg of potassium), and bananas (containing 422mg) will help provide those much needed nutrients for you and your baby.

You should consider wearing the right shoes – padded insoles will help to cushion your feet comfortably, removing pressure from your legs.

2. Back pain
Approximately half of pregnant women experience back pain, especially in the lower back.

This is because your back muscles work harder to support your abdominal muscles as they loosen to accommodate an expanding uterus.

A lumbar support cushion should help support your lower back when sitting and promote good posture, this is especially useful if you work in an office and sit at a desk for hours on end. When standing you should always straighten your back to further promote a good posture as a sure-fire way to decrease back pain.

Exercise is perhaps the most effective way of decreasing both of these types of pain. Leg cramps can be alleviated by massaging your feet, which is something your partner may have to help you with. When sitting or lying down, make sure that you flex your ankles and that your toes are pointed towards your face.

Maintaining strength in your muscles lessens the chance of strain in your whole body – specialists suggest swimming and pre-natal aerobics classes to relieve pain in joints, muscles and back, giving you a full body workout.

Exercises should be performed even in the early stages of pregnancy. Exercise will make you stronger, and will prepare your body for what is to come before you experience any actual symptoms.

The Solution for New Parents

The mecca for all mothers, was there to help parents when it released its first app. Its use: to talk mothers through every step of pregnancy, daily tips on the subject and advice on feeding and looking after your baby once it is born.

But now bounty has a new app. This one is even cooler than the previous one. It helps you in the long and arduous task of choosing a baby name for your new born. It contains an endless list of names that is constantly updated as new names are thought up of, which is perfect for those parents who want their kids to be ahead of the trend. It also gives a detailed description of origin and meaning of a name, which can help you find the perfect name for what you think your child is going to be like when he grows up.

Another amazing function the app has is to give you a list of the most popular names locally making sure that the people close to you know that you have one cool kid! It also has many other functions including, shaking the phone for a random name just in case you are hoping for divine intervention to help you make the big decision.

But the best part of it all is the social aspect. You can use either Facebook, Twitter or email to share with friends and family you love what name you might think is the right one. This way they can let you know what they think and give you feedback or advice about what they think might be better.

Even the look of the app is perfect for expectant parents. Its subtle blend of pink and blue really makes you think baby boys and baby girls! The important thing is that you find the right name for your child and this new app by bounty could just be the help you are looking for!

We’re Pregnant

Bringing RJ to this world has not been easy for me and Rhonnel. We were one and a half years married when we decided to consult an OB-GYN specializes in fertility work ups. I am not like other woman who gets pregnant effortlessly. I had to go through series of tests, fertility work up and take fertility pills. But despite all  our efforts after several months, I still didn’t get pregnant and it caused me so much pain, depressions and frustrations. I started to lose hope. I thought then that we’re just wasting efforts and money. I stopped complying on my OB-GYN’s advises, stopped taking fertility pills and laid everything to God’s hands. We prayed every day and night that He may give us a child…just one child.

After six months, our prayers were finally answered. It was a miracle! I still remember Rhonnel was in the office. I excitedly called him because I can’t wait for him to come home and tell the good news. He was very happy that I heard him laughing and shouting at the same time. Then I called Nanay and Tatay, my in-laws and all of our friends. That was one of the happiest moments in my life.

On the first three months of my pregnancy, I loved eating eggplant, squid, “dinuguan” and grilled chicken blood. In short, I love eating dark foods. I always hate spicy foods but during my pregnancy I love hot and spicy dishes. I hate fish and chicken and I don’t like the odor of any cologne and perfume that’s why I was not using any that time.

RJ is a good girl. Even when she’s inside my tummy, she didn’t give me any trouble except for waking me up on wee hours because I felt there was something dribbling inside me. I didn’t feel nauseated nor experienced morning sickness. But when I was 5 months on the family way I was having hard times commuting from our house to the office and vice versa so I volunteered to be included in the ongoing retrenchment in our office.

This was taken when we had our farewell pool party after the retrenchment. I was 5 months pregnant but still had the nerve to wear swimsuit.


Being pregnant is an exciting time in my life because I was pampered and getting too much attentions. I had the privilege of being always the priority and had the privilege for having a comfortable seat on a jam packed bus and restaurant even I was not making any reservations. lol! Most importantly, my loved ones were showering me with my favorite foods, fruits, love and care.

This is my entry for Couple’s Corner theme this week entitled “We’re Pregnant”, in honor of Mother’s month.