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Comfort Tips During Pregnancy


 

First Trimester Tips

Nausea

  • Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed.
  • Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals.
  • Drink water with lemon slices.

Fatigue:

  • Take catnaps when you can.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Accept help from others.

Mood Swings

  • Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers.
  • Limit sugar, chocolate, and caffeine.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Don't skip meals.

Headaches

  • Get fresh air and exercise.
  • Relax and get enough rest.
  • Check with your health care provider before taking any pain medications.


Second Trimester Tips

  • To limit ankle swelling, sit with your feet raised.
  • If you have pain in your groin and abdomen (round ligament pain), avoid sudden twisting movements.
  • For leg cramps, wear support hose. Get enough exercise and wear shoes with flexible soles. Increase your calcium intake.


Third Trimester Tips

Reducing Heartburn

  • Eat small, light meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones.
  • Sleep with your upper body raised 6 inches. Don't lie down until 2 hours after you eat.

Treating Constipation

  • Eat foods high in fiber (whole-grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables).
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get regular exercise.

Taking Care of Your Breasts

  • Avoid using harsh soaps or alcohol, which can cause excessive dryness.
  • Wear nursing bras. They provide more support than regular bras and can be used after pregnancy if you breastfeed.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

  • Take a warm shower before bed.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress.
  • Lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other.
  • Use pillows to support arms, legs, and belly.
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