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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is breast cancer awareness month. As a health care worker, I see and dealt a lot of patients even friends going through the battle of breast cancer. This month I would like to join the pink ribbon challenge. Just click the pink ribbon to help one woman save life by getting free mammogram. If you  may join with me and pass the pink ribbon challenge. These links are ONLY for “Pink Ribbon Challenge” participants, any links not related to the Pink Ribbon Challenge will be deleted.  Grab the code at Things We Share and post it in your blog entry. Please post only the Pink Ribbon Challenge actual post link  here and  help The Breast Cancer Site and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. by spreading the Pink Ribbon Challenge.

Pajamas for a Good Night Sleep

Who says mothers can not wear pajamas? Of course you want to be as comfortable as your babies. You spend about one third (8 hours) of your day sleeping and sometimes problems with getting a good night sleep may be related to what you wear.  Uncomfortable sleepwear can prevent you from enjoying a good night sleep. That is why it is important to choose a sleepwear that offers the most comfortable fit for your body and “pajamas” are the best. They are simple and not too fitted.You don’t have to sacrifice a good night sleep for fancy lingerie because there are now many choices of women’s pajamas out in the market. There are pajamas partnered with cami for a sexy yet comfortable fit. There are also long sleeved pajama set for quite cold nights and footed pajamas for really chilly nights. Most of these pajamas have lace decorations and draw string waistbands.

It is important also to choose the right fabric that suits your body and climate. Remember that womens pajamasmade of flannel is warmer than cotton, and cotton will keep you cooler than silk or polyester.

You can prevent sleep problems by simple changing what you wear. So buy women’s pajamasnow; have a good night sleep and wake up in the morning refreshed just like your babies.

Kudos to all the Women of the World

March is National Women’s Month in the Philippines and March 8 is International Women’s Day. In this regard, I want to give tribute to all the women of the world.

Women nowadays are not just homemakers. With every generation, the women have faced, conquered, and overcome the challenges of their life to succeed in new and important ways. They are now recognized, respected and supported politically, socially and individually.

There are now women who are nations’ leaders, officers in military, known doctors, great artists and poets, engineers, architects, chemists, inventors, plumbers, technicians, welders, electricians, women from all stages and walks of life that are doing their share in building a better nation. I can say that men and women are now equal.

Society has gone a long way in eliminating racism and empowering women this is because of those women who fought for their civil rights and stood on what they believe in. I salute all those great women who are not afraid to speak their minds and who are bringing strength to other women. Kudos!