During your pregnancy, you will be visited with various kinds of discomforts, aches or pains. Some are fleeting while some are permanent. Some appear in the early weeks while others occur approaching delivery. However, they are all normal for pregnancy.

    You may not experience all of the changes mentioned in this article as very woman’s pregnancy is unique. As always, if you notice any changes that concern you, mention them to your health care provider.

    There are five most common changes during pregnancy.


Pregnancy Fatigue


Feeling tired? That might be because your growing baby requires extra energy. Sometimes, it's a  sign of anemia (low iron in the blood), which is common during pregnancy.
Recommendations:
1. Get plenty of rest; go to bed earlier and take naps.
2. Keep a regular schedule when possible.
3. Pace yourself. Balance activity with rest.
4. Moderate exercise daily boosts your energy level.
5. If you think you may have anemia, ask your health care provider to test your blood.


Pregnancy Frequent Urination


Your growing uterus and baby press against your bladder, causing a frequent need to urinate during the first trimester. This will happen again in the third trimester, when the baby's head drops into the pelvis before birth.
Recommendations:
1. Don't wear tight-fitting underwear, pants, or pantyhose.
2. If your urine burns or stings, it could be a sign of urinary tract infection. Contact your health care provider right away to treat it.


Pregnancy Headaches


Headaches can happen anytime during pregnancy. They can be caused by tension, congestion, constipation, or in some cases, preeclampsia.
Recommendations:
1. Put an ice pack on your forehead or the back of your neck.
2. Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to relax your back, neck, and shoulders.
3. Over-the-counter acetaminophen like Tylenol may help. But if your headaches don't go away, are severe, make you nauseous, or affect your vision, tell your doctor.

 

Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy


Shortness of breath can happen due to increased upward pressure from the uterus.
Recommendations:
1. When walking, slow down and rest a few moments.
2. Raise your arms over your head (this lifts your rib cage and allows you to breathe in more air).
3. Avoid lying flat on your back, and try sleeping with your head elevated.
4. If prolonged shortness of breathing continues or you experience sharp pain when inhaling, contact your health care provider. You could have a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).

 

Pregnancy Stretch Marks


Stretch marks are a type of scar tissue that forms when the skin's normal elasticity is not enough for the stretching that occurs during pregnancy. They usually appear on the abdomen and can also appear on the breasts, buttocks or thighs.
Though they won't disappear completely, stretch marks will fade after delivery. Stretch marks affect the surface under the skin and are not preventable.
Recommendations:
1. Be sure that your diet contains enough sources of the nutrients needed for healthy skin (especially vitamins C and E).
2. Apply lotion to your skin to keep it soft and reduce dryness.
3. Exercise daily.

Pregnancy Discomforts