Pregnancy Symptoms

Getting baby with it

When you're pregnant, your body changes at an amazing rate. Your entire system is putting all of its energy toward producing a healthy baby, and this means you may notice changes in everything from your skin to your energy levels and disposition.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with different symptoms and make the journey from conception to birth as comfortable as possible:

First trimester

  • Nausea or vomiting: "Morning sickness" is not limited to the early hours. Try eating small meals throughout the day and remember to keep hydrated.
  • Tender breasts: Wear a comfortable, supportive bra without underwire.
  • The urge to urinate more often: Stay close to a bathroom and try not to hold your urine for too long as this can cause urinary tract infections.
  • Heartburn: Take your time eating small meals at regular intervals and try to avoid spicy and fatty foods.
  • Constipation: Drink lots of water and increase fiber in your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables and whole grain bread.
  • Food cravings: As long as you maintain a healthy, balanced diet, make as many weird combinations as you like!
  • Moodswings: When you are feeling emotional, don't hold it in or segregate yourself - talk to your partner, keep a journal, or spend time with friends.

Second trimester

  • Stretched stomach skin: Use lotion to relieve dry, itchy skin and to lessen the chance of stretch marks.
  • Swollen hands and ankles: For temporary relief, hold your arms above your head or put your feet up to drain the fluid.
  • Varicose vein: Support tights or stockings can help alleviate the heavy feeling in your legs. Try not to stand for long periods of time and rest with your feet up whenever possible.
  • Headaches: Try hot and cold compresses, temple massage and fresh air.

Third trimester

  • Backaches: Ditch the heels for flat shoes or slippers, don't lift heavy items and always practice good posture to avoid back pain.
  • Fatigue: Rest often and avoid caffeine and sugar.