Body

During pregnancy your body changes a lot. You experience the following changes:

You may have one or more of the following discomforts, which are normal:

  • nausea;
  • tiredness;
  • constipation (not being able to defecate);
  • swollen and painful breasts;
  • having to go to the bathroom (toilet) frequently;
  • infected gums.

 Later in your pregnancy, you may get other discomforts: 

  • stretch marks on your belly; 
  • painful/swollen legs and feet; 
  • backpain.

Emotions

Your emotions and moods can change very quickly. For example, you may be happy one moment and feel sad or anxious the next. 

Nausea

  • Have a light breakfast;
  • Eat several small portions of food during the day;
  • Drink enough water during the day;
  • Go to a doctor if you have to vomit more than 3 times a day.

It can also help to:

  • Eat something small before you get out of bed and when you go to bed; 
  • Drink some milk or ginger tea.

Tiredness

  • Rest a lot;
  • Go to a doctor to check if you have enough iron in your blood.

Constipation

  • Drink a lot of water;
  • Drink fresh orange juice;
  • Eat whole-wheat bread;
  • Stay active.

Infected gums

  • Brush your teeth 3 times a day;
  • Go to a dentist if the infection remains. 

Stretch marks

Put a hydrating cream or oil on your belly to care for your skin.

Painful/swollen legs and feet

Raise your legs up high when sitting down.

Back pain

  • Sit straight;
  • Bend your knees when lifting heavy objects;
  • Do not wear high heels;
  • Take light exercise, for example: walking, swimming or cycling.

After delivery

After delivery, your body may remain a bit different from what it was before your pregnancy. For example: difference in weight, changed shape of belly and breasts. 

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