Tips for dealing with pregnancy discomforts

Even though pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences in many women’s lives and the joy of having a child is already great, complaints of various kinds can make the time quite long. While some women get through pregnancy almost without complaints, others suffer from frequent discomfort, especially in the first few months, and as the pregnancy progresses from swollen feet, back pain or severe fatigue. Most of the time these complaints are not so bad that a doctor has to be consulted, but nevertheless one would be glad to be rid of them again.

Preventing complaints during pregnancy

“She should avoid harmfulness and lead a healthy life,” wrote the physician Dr. med. Anna Fischer-Dückelmann in 1918. What was true then is still true today, and many complaints can be avoided or at least mitigated by a healthy lifestyle. This applies in particular to abstaining from stimulants such as alcohol and nicotine, a varied and wholesome diet, and sufficient exercise in fresh air. For example, walks and swimming are good if there is nothing to prevent them for health reasons. Pregnancy gymnastics also contribute to well-being and strengthen the muscles, heart and veins. When eating, it is important to pay attention to the correct dosage and composition. Pregnant women should also eat no more than 20 percent more food than usual. (Nutrition during pregnancy)

Nausea and heartburn

Many women complain of frequent nausea associated with vomiting or heartburn during the first months of pregnancy. The latter may be related to an inappropriate diet and can often be improved by changing the diet. If heartburn occurs in the last half of pregnancy, it is usually because the stomach is pushed up by the growing baby, forcing stomach acid into the esophagus. Chewing hazelnuts, almonds or rice cakes, for example, can bring relief. If possible, medication should be avoided. If the discomfort becomes too unpleasant, it is better to consult a doctor. The reasons for morning sickness are still unknown, especially since it does not occur in every woman. The cause is suspected to be the hormonal change, against which unfortunately not much can be done. Some midwives offer acupuncture, but unfortunately not all health insurance companies pay for it. Especially if vomiting is frequent, plenty of fluids should be drunk to cover the water and mineral requirements.

Swollen legs due to water retention

Many women experience edema, or water retention, on their legs during pregnancy. These are caused by the pregnancy hormones and are usually not a real problem, although it is unpleasant when the shoes no longer fit. Although edema cannot really be prevented, the discomfort can at least be alleviated by a few tricks, such as wearing support stockings, regular exercise, cold foot baths or alternating showers, and elevating the legs frequently. Dehydrating agents must not be taken during pregnancy. If, in addition to water retention, other complaints occur, such as high blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears or flickering eyes, it is better to consult a doctor to rule out pregnancy poisoning or other complications.

Abdominal and pelvic pain during pregnancy

Abdominal pain occurring from time to time is relatively normal during pregnancy, as the abdomen, muscles and tendons are put under a lot of strain by the growing of the baby and the uterus. Unfortunately, there are no home remedies here and in case of doubt, it is better to be examined by the midwife or the doctor. Common complaints during pregnancy are also:

In most cases, however, these complaints occur only for a limited period of time and by no means all women are affected.

[Please note: Our articles cannot replace the advice of a doctor. In case of health problems, please always consult a doctor you trust].