I’m a planner by nature so before we started trying to have a baby, I read a book called Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception. It really made me want to focus on doing things as naturally as possible, especially during pregnancy while my baby is developing. But also in the days while we were trying to conceive because I could become pregnant before I make these changes in my lifestyle.
When you go to your first prenatal appointment, your doctor or midwife will probably give you a list of medicines that are approved for pregnancy. That is a helpful list. I would encourage you to think about why you are having symptoms before you take anything because there might be a more natural thing you can do to relieve your symptoms. By all means, if the natural approach doesn’t work, try something on the approved list. It is better for your baby for you to be okay, than to suffer just to be natural.
Sometimes headaches are caused by hormones. But sometimes it is something you can control like dehydration, low blood sugar, or fatigue. Drink a glass of water. Have a snack like fruit, nuts, or yogurt. Take a nap.
As your belly grows, your back may be sore due to the extra weight. I greatly benefited from visiting a chiropractor. This kept my spine in alignment during my pregnancy. In the beginning of your pregnancy, you can also stretch by laying on your back and pulling your knees to your chest. After the first trimester, this is not recommended. The stretches I mention in the hip pain section also helped my lower back to feel better.
Your hips and joints get looser during pregnancy. I am a side sleeper. I found that sleeping with a pillow between my legs helped my hips to stay in alignment and alleviated a lot of the pain. Another thing you can do is to stretch in the morning. Sit in a butterfly position a few times for 15 seconds each. You can also sit with your legs in front of you and reach for your toes. Sitting with your legs shoulder width apart or wider and reaching for your toes can be helpful too.
Some women are sick all day. I found that if I ate small meals every hour and half to two hours, I wasn’t feeling sick. It doesn’t have be a big meal, more like a snack. I would have a scrambled egg when I woke up. An hour or so later, I would have some fruit. Later I would eat some gluten free pretzels or yogurt. Protein was very helpful for me.
Allergies or sinus issues
The list from my doctor said that I could have sudafed or benadryl. If I was getting a sinus headache, I would try a sinus rinse first. Often times, I would use the Neti Pot and my congestion and headache would leave. Sometimes I waited too long and then I would need to take a sudafed.
Not being able to sleep at night
I tried to stop drinking water an hour or two before bed so I would not have to use the restroom as much at night. I also realized that if I was more active during the day, like taking the dog on a 20 minute walk, I would sleep better as well. Also make sure that you are comfortable temperature wise. You may need to adjust the thermostat or your pajamas while you are pregnant.
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