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Common Complaints of Pregnancy

August 20th, 2013

Morning sickness and back pain are all part of pregnancy but what else can you expect and what can you do about it. This blog is a guide to common complaints of pregnancy and gives some tips to help survive them.


Morning Sickness

This typically starts at 5 to 6 weeks but goes away or gets less severe after the first trimester. If you lose weight or are having trouble keeping water down speak to your GP. If you are one of the 1% of women who suffer extreme morning sickness visit  Pregnancy Sickness Support

  • Try acupressure wristbands.
  • Eat dry and bland foods like crackers, toast, potatoes and other carbs.
  • Ginger tea or ginger biscuits
  • Brush your teeth when feeling queazy
  • Eat small amounts but frequently so that your stomach is never empty


Dizziness and Fainting

Dizziness is common in pregnancy as your body struggles to cope with the increased circulation. Fainting is actually quite rare in pregnancy but it does happen and usually is nothing to worry about. However you should let your GP or midwife know as it can be a sign of anemia.

  • Get up slowly when sat down or lying down
  • Drink plenty. Keep hydrated
  • Eat complex carbs like bread , pasta and rice as this keeps your blood sugar constant
  • If you feel faint put your head between your legs or lie down with your feet higher than your head


Piles are a real pain in the bum, literally.The pressure of the uterus causes veins to enlarge in the bum. They are particularly common in the late stages of pregnancy and sometimes bleed.

  • Ask your doctor about medications that are safe in pregnancy
  • Avoid becoming constipated. (Drink plenty of water)
  • Do some light exercise every day to keep you regular
  • Take a warm bath to ease the pain
  • Don’t sit on the toilet for too long



Your bump pushes the stomach acid into the oesophagus causing a burning sensation near the breastbone.

  • Eat small and often
  • Sleep on several pillows so that your head is raised. (Helps keep the acid down)
  • Avoid fatty and spicy foods.
  • Do not eat shortly before bedtime
  • Take antacids (check with the pharmacist which ones are safe for pregnancy)
  • Eat peppermints or drink peppermint tea


Back Pain

Your bump upsets the natural balance of your body and your hormones cause your joints to relax in preparation for birth. All this can lead to back pain.

  • Use chairs with good back support
  • Sleep on your side
  • Use a firm mattress
  • If you have to lift anything, bend your knees, keep your back straight and have your feet shoulder width apart.Then push up with your thigh muscles.
  • Avoid high heels


Leg Cramp

This usually starts when you are in bed but not always

  • Walk about in bare feet
  • Massage the legs
  • Stretch the legs and feet
  • Avoid sitting down too long as the cramp may be linked to poor circulation


Fluid Retention

As fluids increase during pregnancy you may experience swelling in the hands, ankles and fingers.

  • Drink plenty of fluid as it helps expel excess fluid
  • Talk to your midwife about prescription elastic stockings
  • Keep swollen hands raised (above heart height)
  • Avoid standing for long periods

Not all women suffer these ailments and the severity varies for everyone. So hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones. If you are not, just keep telling yourself it doesn’t last forever and that beautiful baby at the end will make it all worthwhile


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Article written by mother of two, Crysta Burridge of Bunny Bumpkin Maternity, Nursing & Baby

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