Please don’t mix up pregnancy problems and pregnancy complaints. They are far from being the same and the only thing common to them is that they happen during pregnancy.
Pregnancy problems will not be discussed here as they are major problems that must be dealt by a physician and must be addressed real quick in order to prevent further pregnancy complications. These are disorders that pose a danger to the mother and to the baby like diabetes and hypertension.
Almost all pregnant women experience nausea specially on their first trimester. This is because of the raging hormones that has been stirred with the formation of the new human being inside the womb. For a quick relief, try ginger tea to warm the digestive tract and improving sluggish digestion.
There are already available ginger powder at supermarket stalls. Better use the sugar free type. Dandelion has also been found to relieve morning sickness. It sweetens the sour feeling, calms and soothes the stomach. You may steep dried dandelion root in a quart of boiling water for 4 hours and drink it like tea.
For heartburn, almonds can come in handy. You may eat at least 15 nuts for snacks in a day. There is a natural chemical in almonds that helps tone the sphincter so that acid stays in the stomach.
Insomnia happens when a pregnant woman is low in protein. They wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep because they are hungry. It is advised that they keep a snack handy at their bedside like a banana, almond or a fruit yogurt.
To banish back pain, there are exercises that a pregnant woman can do safely to help relieve the back muscles of the strain caused by the increasing weight of the womb. But only do this is you are not on the high risk category of your pregnancy. To elongate the lower back, try the pelvic tilt.
To do this, get down on your hands and knees and round your back while holding your abdominal muscles. Continue to breathe while holding this position for a count of ten. Release by flattening your back. You can continue doing this even after delivery since backaches can last long even after delivery.