Managing Uncomfortable Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Morning sickness, bleeding, frequent urination and other unpleasant symptoms are some of the early pregnancy symptoms. You should know how to keep them in check. Some early pregnancy symptoms last the whole trimester.

Morning Sickness: Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Over 60% of expecting mothers experience morning sickness. This is one of the early pregnancy symptoms. Though the exact causes of morning sickness are still unknown, itis commonly attributed to the hormones human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and progesterone, which are produced during 1 up to 3 months pregnancy. Morning sickness begins around the 4-week point, lasting from one and a half to two months, ceasing naturally at around 15-19 weeks. How long morning sickness lasts varies from person to person.

A severe case of morning sickness will not affect the fetus adversely, so there is no need to worry. In more severe cases, out of consideration for the fetus' health, you should do all you can to endure these symptoms and under no circumstances should you heedlessly take medicine. Morning sickness symptoms are highly hereditary. If you have severe morning sickness, there is a high chance that your daughter will have a similar experience. The times when morning sickness begins and ends varies from person to person. You may also suddenly start hating foods you loved and wanting to eat things you wouldn't even touch before. This is just one of many things that happen that evade an easy explanation.

Mitigating Morning Sickness

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· Don't eat too much at each meal, have more small meals instead. 

· Try to eat and drink things that are light on flavor. Foods that are too oily or that contain too many seasonings are irritating and may cause vomiting.

· Consume snacks and dry bread on an empty stomach.

· If you are experiencing severe morning sickness that includes frequent vomiting, drink a lot of water or juice to prevent dehydration.

· You may feel the need to vomit if you have an empty stomach at night. You can eat a small amount of bland food before bed to prevent this.

· Before getting out of bed, sit up first, lean your back on the head of the bed, and have a small snack.  Wait 15 minutes before getting up.

· If your morning sickness symptoms occur at a certain time of day, have a light snack 30 minutes before this time.

· Open the palm of your hand and find the point 7.5cm down your wrist. Using the thumb of your other hand, push down on that point for 5-10 minutes. You can do this 3-4 times per day.

· The symptoms of morning sickness become more severe when an expecting mother's husband or family and friends do not give her any attention. You should solicit as much attention as you can from the people in your life.

· Chat with friends, check in on your neighbors, pay a visit to family members – these are good ways to get a change of scenery.

· Try to stay in high spirits. Being overly cautious and refusing to go anywhere can actually exacerbate your morning sickness. Seek medical attention if you experience debilitating morning sickness.

Hypoglycemia and Dizziness

Some expecting mothers may experience anemic symptoms such as sudden dizziness after standing up or on an empty stomach. The dizziness that occurs as one of the early pregnancy symptoms might be due to anemia, but it is more likely to be caused by hypoglycemia. Since the fetus absorbs most of what you eat and drink, even though your blood sugar spikes after eating, it will quickly drop after a short time.

Furthermore, dramatic changes in blood pressure, as in when suddenly standing up, may also lead to dizziness. When you become dizzy, take a seat or lie down to rest. If the dizziness persists, place your head between your knees and sit in this position for a moment. This will make you feel better. For some people, dizziness is a complication that lasts up until the baby is born.

Mitigating Dizziness from Hypoglycemia

· Divide one meal into several snacks, eat more often but in smaller quantities.

· Don't go for too long on an empty stomach.

· Take anemia medicine. That being said, taking anemia medicine during early pregnancy may result in an upset stomach and worsen nausea from morning sickness. Therefore, it is better to take this medicine after the fourth month of pregnancy.

· Do not stand up abruptly. Take your time when standing up.

· Do not stand anywhere for too long. Move your body around to keep the blood from collecting in your feet and to aid your circulation.

Memory Loss

After becoming pregnant, you may forget about important appointments, have trouble concentrating, or experience sudden confusion. There are many women who find these symptoms to be quite troublesome, especially expecting mothers who have to work every day. These are early pregnancy symptoms which are natural part of the maternity process. Your body is focused on creating a fetus, and the elevated hormone levels are affecting your memory and ability to concentrate. These symptoms grow more severe through the latter half of the pregnancy.

Mitigating Memory Loss

· Get enough rest and sleep, avoid getting exhausted.

· Get in the habit of recording your plans on a note paper.

· Ask the people in your life to remind you about your daily schedule and appointments.

· Life gets more chaotic when you do too many things at once. Perform an appropriate number of tasks.

Bleeding

Approximately 20% of all expecting mothers experience bleeding during early pregnancy. Despite being a common symptom, bleeding is still a cause of worry for many women because it could be a sign of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, cervical ectropion, other abnormalities or pregnancy complications. In reality, the majority of cases are neither problematic nor related to pregnancy.

Mitigating Bleeding

· When you find that you are bleeding, promptly seek medical attention.

· If you discover signs of a miscarriage, always remember to remain calm.

Ectopic Pregnancy (Signs of Pregnancy)

This is when the fertilized egg is implanted outside the uterine cavity. An ectopic pregnancy can result in miscarriage or the rupturing of the fallopian tubes. A small amount of blood will flow from the vagina accompanied by sudden abdominal pains and a dramatic drop in blood pressure as the body goes into shock. This usually occurs before you even know that you are pregnant. An ectopic pregnancy requires immediate surgery and partial removal of the uterus.

Miscarriage

Aside from lower abdominal pain and, in most cases, mild bleeding, there are no other miscarriage symptoms that are readily apparent during early pregnancy. There are no special procedures for preventing miscarriage resulting from abnormalities in the embryo. All you can do is keep a routine, avoid intense physical activity and keep calm.

Cervical Ectropion

Cervical Ectropion is the leading cause of bleeding during pregnancy. The cervical canal becomes red and inflamed, causing bleeding in severe cases. However, this condition will not affect the pregnancy. It is not accompanied by any pain. You may find blood mixed in your vaginal secretion or during sexual activity.

Polyp of Cervix

In most cases, there is no need to be too nervous about benign tumors that appear in the cervix. Some mild bleeding may occur. These tumors can be removed with a simple surgical procedure.

Molar Pregnancy

A molar pregnancy occurs due to abnormalities in the microscopic chorion fibers outside the embryo, and results in the proliferation of grape-shaped particles in the uterus. Although very uncommon, it is difficult to remove completely and could develop into cancer. Initial symptoms include nausea, vomiting and other symptoms similar to severe morning sickness. The abdomen will grow much larger than expected. Bleeding will occur on repeated occasions at 3-4 months of pregnancy. This condition is more frequently detected at 5 months (though detecting it during early pregnancy is not unheard of). The only way to fully treat molar pregnancy is to undergo 1-3 surgical procedures to remove it.

Hemorrhoids

Bleeding bright red blood is a characteristic symptom of hemorrhoids. This is blood that is bleeding from the rectum and, therefore, is not related to pregnancy. Leaving it unchecked could lead to complications during baby delivery, so immediate treatment is recommended.

Ovarian Cyst

In cases of prolonged, intense lower abdominal pain, you may suspect that you are suffering from an ovarian cyst. The exact causes of these cysts remain unknown, though they are commonly linked to an overabundance of the hormone hCG.

Treating Ovarian Cysts

Surgery is required depending on the size of the cyst. On the other hand, the majority of cysts that appear in the early stages of pregnancy disperse naturally at 4-5 months.

Cystitis

As the uterus increases in size, it exerts pressure on the bladder, leaving it susceptible to cystitis. If you are suffering from cystitis, you will experience lower abdominal pain accompanied by the frequent need to urinate and the feeling that your bladder is never completely empty. In severe cases, you may find blood in your urine and feel pain after urinating. Cystitis is easy to treat during early pregnancy, so promptly seek medical treatment if you detect these symptoms. Postponing treatment for too long could result in nephritis.

Preventing Cystitis

· Do not hold in urine. Get in the habit of using the restroom before going out.

· Follow your physician's instructions; do not heedlessly take any medicines.

Discussed information above regarding early pregnancy symptoms would be helpful information to expecting mothers as well as their husbands.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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