Nausea, back pain or heartburn: Pregnant women suffer from a variety of ailments. We’ll give you lightning-fast tips for the 10 most common pregnancy symptoms, from the first to the last trimester.
Wonderful, exciting and incredibly beautiful — the nine months of pregnancy are an incredibly intense time.
But in addition to the great moments, various pregnancy complaints make life a little more difficult for the expectant mother.
The ailments are due to all the hormones that are in the body during this time — as well as the belly that is getting bigger and bigger.
Fortunately, the majority of pregnancy symptoms are harmless and forgotten after the child is born.
And: The mother-to-be can do something about most pregnancy problems.
For the ten most common pregnancy symptoms, from the first to the last trimester, we reveal a few simple tricks that will alleviate them in a flash.
1. Nausea in pregnancy
One of the most common pregnancy symptoms is nausea during pregnancy.
More than half of all pregnant women fight against nausea in the first trimester (weeks 1 to 12) — both in the morning and throughout the day.
The hormones that go crazy in the first few weeks of pregnancy are to blame.
The nausea is usually harmless , just annoying.
In most cases, it goes away by the start of the second trimester (weeks 12–24).
This will help: Eat small meals regularly so that the blood sugar level does not drop too much.
Crackers and rusks are great. Peppermint or ginger tea can also help.
In severe cases, the gynecologist can prescribe medication.
2. Tooth problems during pregnancy
Many pregnant women complain of bleeding gums and inflammation in the mouth during the first few months.
By the way, redness, swelling or bleeding are typical signs of pregnancy-related inflammation of the gums.
The hormones that lead to increased growth of the blood vessels around the teeth are also to blame for these complaints.
Almost every expectant mother has more sensitive and easily inflamed gums during pregnancy.
The reason: The connective tissue becomes looser during pregnancy.
It means that the gums are supplied with more blood during pregnancy. As a result, it can lead to bleeding gums more frequently.
At the same time, bacteria can pass into the blood more quickly, which can trigger inflammation of the gums (so-called pregnancy gingivitis).
So, be careful of tooth decay too!
It is therefore advisable to have an immediate dental check before a possible pregnancy.
This will help:To prevent dental problems and, especially the risk of inflammation of the gums, pregnant women should massage their gums regularly and ensure optimal oral care.
However, the dentist should take care of severe inflammation of the gums.
Because even if the connections have not yet been precisely clarified, it seems that untreated gingivitis increases the risk of premature birth.
The good news is: after the birth, the possible dental problems will subside again.
3. Fatigue / Insomnia During Pregnancy
Constantly tired and limp, many pregnant women know that.
They suffer from these pregnancy symptoms especially during the first and last three months.
At the beginning of pregnancy, the hormones deprive you of sleep, later it is because sleeping becomes more and more uncomfortable, the baby kicks or you have to constantly go to the toilet.
This helps:Before going to bed, drink hot milk with honey or an herbal tea suitable for pregnant women (lemon balm, fennel, and special pregnancy teas).
A hot bath also makes you tired, as do pregnancy yoga and relaxation exercises. If you find it difficult to find a suitable sleeping position, you should surround yourself with supportive pillows that keep your body in the correct position overnight.
4. Leg cramps during pregnancy
Ouch! A cramp in the leg!
Many pregnant women regularly suffer from leg cramps.
They’re harmless, but painful.
This pregnancy complaint is often caused by a mineral deficiency, especially magnesium. With the right diet, the cramps usually subside.
This helps: Eat foods rich in magnesium and calcium (whole grain and dairy products, green vegetables, almonds, nuts). Massage and stretch your legs regularly.
5. Heartburn during pregnancy
Heartburn is unfortunately one of the 10 most common pregnancy complaints and many pregnant women really suffer from it.
The reason: the sphincter muscle of the stomach becomes slacker during pregnancy.
As a result, the stomach acid can flow back into the esophagus. Fortunately, everything is fine after the birth and the sphincter works normally.
This helps: Avoid heavy, spicy and fatty food. You should also be a little more cautious with chocolate.
It is also helpful to have several smaller meals instead of a few large ones. Once you have heartburn, various home remedies can help: drink milk or fennel tea or eat a tablespoon of dry oatmeal.
6. Back pain in pregnancy
If the belly gets bigger and bigger, it affects the lower back, shoulders and lower back.
Tension and pain are the result. Pregnancy problems such as back pain severely limit women.
Therefore you shouldn’t let it go through you, but actively do something about it.
This helps: let your shoulders circle and move them sufficiently.
Special pregnancy yoga strengthens the back muscles and stretches and stretches the body.
Of course, one or the other massage doesn’t hurt either.
7. Urinary urgency during pregnancy
The classic when it comes to portraying pregnancy symptoms in films and series is probably the constant urge to urinate!
Because in fact, especially at the end of the pregnancy, pregnant women have to go to the toilet every few minutes.
The uterus is pressing on the bladder. That alone is annoying.
But sometimes, the pregnant women cannot hold the urine when laughing or coughing. Then, it gets uncomfortable.
This helps: with pelvic floor training, unwanted urination is reduced.
Panty liners are also good in case something goes wrong. Otherwise, you should drink enough despite the constant urge to urinate.
8. Water retention during pregnancy
Towards the end of pregnancy, many pregnant women suffer from thick feet, legs and hands — the result of water retention.
These arise from the enlarged blood vessels during pregnancy and from the ever-increasing amount of amniotic fluid that is regularly renewed.
Usually, water retention is harmless.
If they appear very early, the doctor should keep an eye on them because they can be a harbinger of pregnancy-related high blood pressure.
That helps: drink a lot, eat a lot of fruit and put your feet up. Alternating showers can also help, but dehydrating teas should be avoided.
9. Shortness of breath during pregnancy
Phew, take a few steps and the breath is gone.
In the last few weeks before giving birth, many pregnant women experience shortness of breath because the uterus is pressing on the diaphragm.
This helps: take everything slower, take sufficient breaks and do not lie on your lazy skin despite being short of breath.
Light physical exercise should still be part of everyday life.
10. Constipation / Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
Nobody likes to talk about this, but towards the end of pregnancy, complaints such as constipation and hemorrhoids are physical ailments of expectant mothers.
The hormones slow digestion, which can lead to constipation. This in turn can cause hemorrhoids.
This helps: Eat a high-fiber diet with whole grain products, pulses and fresh vegetables and fruit. Drink a lot and incorporate enough exercise into everyday life. If hemorrhoids nevertheless occur, Sitz baths with chamomile relieve the symptoms.