Tips to stay comfortable during your pregnancy

There are times during pregnancy when you will be uncomfortable. There are small things you can do that can increase your comfort level. Do you have any tips? Leave them in the comment section below!

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First trimester tips

Nausea

  • Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed.
  • Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals.
  • Drink water with lemon slices.

Fatigue

  • Take catnaps when you can.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Accept help from others.

Mood swings

  • Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers.
  • Limit sugar, chocolate and caffeine.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Don’t skip meals.

Headaches

  • Get fresh air and exercise.
  • Relax and get enough rest.
  • Check with your health care provider before taking any pain medications.

Second trimester tips

  • To limit ankle swelling, sit with your feet raised.
  • If you have pain in your groin and abdomen (round ligament pain), avoid sudden twisting movements.
  • For leg cramps, wear support hose. Get enough exercise and wear shoes with flexible soles.

Third trimester tips

Reducing heartburn

  • Eat small, light meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones.
  • Sleep with your upper body raised 6 inches. Don’t lie down until 2 hours after you eat.

Treating constipation

  • Eat foods high in fiber (whole-grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables).
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get regular exercise.

Taking care of your breasts

  • Avoid using harsh soaps or alcohol, which can cause excessive dryness.
  • Wear nursing bras. They provide more support than regular bras and can be used after pregnancy if you breastfeed.

Getting a good night’s sleep

  • Take a warm shower before bed.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress.
  • Lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other.
  • Use pillows to support arms, legs, and belly.

For more health information, visit Fairview’s Health Library. You’ll find pregnancy-related tips and information in the Ob/Gyn section.

 

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