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Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. As we know, everyone goes through a different process of pregnancy. Some go through it with ease others, not really. With your body going through a massive series of changes within this 9 months it is only viable for you to be self-aware and understand whether what you’re going through is as normal as the sun rising from the east. We have decided to help all you pregnant mommies out by giving you a heads up! Bear in mind, we are not here to scare you; we are here to ensure what you’re going through has been dealt with by many preggy mommies. So, take a deep breath in and know that it is always crucial to know which symptoms warrant a visit to the doctors’ and which of it are normal.
Spotting And Bleeding–We know what you might be thinking. How is it possible to have any signs of blood whilst being pregnant? Well, first thing you’ve to know is whenever any sign of blood is noticed, you have to find the source of it. Do take note that during the first 8 weeks of a pregnancy, spotting is usually a normal occurrence which means that the embryo is implanting in the uterus. However, this bleeding could also be from a vaginal tear if you recently had sex or a cervical infection, both of which that isn’t harmful to your pregnancy. BUT if the spotting is followed by pain, it is advisable to ring up your doctor and follow up with an appointment.
Contractions–The biggest worry amongst first time mommies. Unlike labour contractions, pregnancy contractions are usually painless and irregular. Highly likely to occur during the third trimester, it can be present during the second trimester as well. Do take note that dehydration can also cause you to feel them. Always remember to hydrate yourself, mommies!!
Depression–Studies done by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have shown that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from depression. If you have depression now, your chances of post-partum depression can be higher. Although it is perfectly normal to be going through this, it’s advisable to speak to someone about it. Mental health above all else, ladies!
Vaginal Discharge–It is perfectly normal to have an increase in clear discharge during pregnancy. However, if it is followed by blood, pain or pressure, do consult a professional. Always better to be safe than sorry.
Shortness of Breath–With, the increase of progesterone and your pregnant belly growing at a rapid speed, this is completely normal!
Headaches and swelling are completely normal symptoms to be facing during pregnancy too. However, if you’re concerned about anything, always remember your doctors are always there to help guide you through this journey. Remember mommies, always trust your gut. Or in this case, ALWAYS trust the little cutie in your belly!
Growing a human inside you is no easy feat. You don’t just deal with physical symptoms but mental and emotional ones too. The backaches, cramps and foot aches are coupled with emotional roller-coasters and brain drain. You’ll also experience more stress closer to the advent of your budding bub as you change you and your partner organize and prepare for a sea change of your carefree lifestyles! These moments can be overwhelming and stressful. Remember that the stress you feel can result in physical ailments like high blood pressure and impact your baby growing inside you. That’s why you need to make sure you create some Zen moment! Here are some suggestions for ways to Zen out during this period:
Knead the Stress Away!
Treat yourself to a prenatal massage. A massage therapist can tailor massage and pressure intensity to suit your pregnancy and health concerns. A prenatal massage can work wonders on body and mind. It will help to alleviate back pains, cramps and muscle aches and improves blood circulation. It could also help you get some rest. Prior to going for the passage, keep the following in mind:
Walk It Off!
Even if you feel sluggish during this time, make sure to stick to a light exercise routine. Exercise lifts the spirits and creates endorphins to give you that Zen feeling! However, avoid any strenuous activity during this time. Check with your doctor prior to starting any sport. Walking is a great cardiovascular activity that you can stick to during this time. Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes as proper sole support can take you a long way during your pregnancy. Zen out during long weekends.
Give yourself some TLC
You might be thinking more of your baby and overlook your own health and appearance. Make sure to take some TO to pamper yourself with a much needed beauty treatment like mani/pedicures! Head on down to your favourite nail salon or hair dresser for some self-loving.
There are number of ways to Zen out during this time, make sure to do so as it can have a positive impact on your general wellness.