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JULY 2014
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You're Pregnant: Now What? Body Changes And Discomforts

Now that you are pregnant, your body will not look or feel the same. Whether this is your first pregnancy or you have had prior pregnancies, you may have specific questions or concerns.

You are encouraged to discuss these questions and concerns with your doctor during your prenatal visits. Write down your questions ahead of time and bring them with you to the visit.

Your doctor will answer your questions and concerns as your pregnancy continues.

You may also experience common pregnancy related symptoms. These may include:

Morning Sickness
During the first trimester, your hormones are changing. They may cause you to experience vomiting and nausea. Known as "Morning Sickness," you may experience these pregnancy related symptoms at any time of the day or night. Relief usually begins in the second trimester.

What to do? Try to eat dry toast, crackers, or dry cereal prior to getting out of bed. Eat foods that are easy to digest, such as bananas or rice. For some patients, drinking sips of water, tea or clear liquids can be helpful. Sit upright and take care not to lie down after eating.

Body Aches
Aches and pains in the lower back and in the abdomen are expected as the uterus expands. The pains may spread to your thighs and groin. As the baby grows, you may feel pressure in your pubic bone or vaginal areas.

What to do? Lying down, resting, and stretching your back and lower extremities may provide some relief. Gentle massage and a warm pack applied to the lower back may also help.

Varicose Veins
During pregnancy your blood volume increases. This may cause the veins in your legs to swell. The return of blood from your legs to your heart may slow as your uterus grows in size. This may cause the veins in your legs to bulge and turn a blue or purple color. These symptoms may be noticed at the end of the day or after prolonged standing.

What to do? Sit down and elevate your legs and feet. Maternity compression support hose are also helpful in providing relief from dilated leg veins. They are readily available for purchase online or at your local pharmacy.

Fatigue or Tired Feeling
In your first trimester, you will probably be more tired than usual. Even after a good night's sleep, you may still feel like you have not slept at all. The need for more rest will also increase as your pregnancy continues. Often you may gain a burst of energy in your second trimester. You will feel like you are on top of the world. However, as you enter your third trimester, symptoms of fatigue and feeling tired will often return.

What to do? Develop a consistent routine of waking up and going to bed. Place pillows behind your back, under your stomach, and between your knees. Try to get the comfort level you desire. Sleep on your left side and practice going to bed early.

Sore or Swollen Breasts
Your breasts may become sore and increase in size. In your third trimester, your breasts may leak yellow colored fluid. This fluid is known as colostrum and it is filled with antibodies that protect your baby from infection, if you choose to nurse.

What to do? Put breast pads inside your bra to absorb the fluid. Try wearing a good supporting maternity bra as much as possible. Check your breasts and nipples. Discuss any abnormal changes or unusual discharge with your doctor.

Constipation is common during pregnancy. The hormones of pregnancy and your growing uterus will slow down your digestive system. You may even experience pain or difficulty with bowel movements.

What to do? Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. Avoid caffeine and exercise regularly with moderation. Eat foods rich in fiber such as fresh fruits, raw may also help.
Can I Travel During Pregnancy?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology state that in an uncomplicated pregnancy, a woman may travel by plane up to the 36th week of pregnancy within the United States. The best time to travel is during your second trimester (14-28 weeks). Generally, women feel better during this phase of pregnancy (less nausea, not too uncomfortable yet). If you are taking a long trip, we recommend that you move around (flex and extend your legs, walk) in order to avoid blood clots. If travelling by car, you should always wear your seat belt!

For more answers, click here to visit our frequently asked questions page.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.