Expecting a child will bring many new challenges and first time experiences to women. And a lot of that includes bodily discomforts that you may have never experienced before.

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Carrying a child in your stomach can cause some significant discomfort that will challenge you, scare you and can even seem like torture. But as long as you know how to cope with the pain, minimize it, as well as understanding how they occur, you will be able to get through it.

Here are a few common discomforts of pregnancy you may experience and how to cope with it.

1. Fatigue

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Fatigue usually starts to set in most during the first trimester. You’ll notice your energy levels are depleting and your motivation lessening without any real cause. Your body and mind become restless, and it will strain your body over time.

Understand that this is just a symptom of pregnancy that mainly occurs in the later stages and that it can’t be helped. You can counter this by making sure your diet, and hydration levels are in check. Try a hot bath, a gentle massage as well as a hot drink to help you feel relaxed, soothed and help you get a clearer mind.

2. Increased Urination

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

You’ll notice this one during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. It is important to know that it is normal and you should not under any circumstances, start hydrating less.

Though it might be annoying to have to constantly go to the bathroom and more frequently than usual, its a normal part of pregnancy. However, if you feel a burning sensation or pain with urination, seek medical attention at first notice. Fortunately, this is unlikely in most women.

3. Breast Tenderness

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Tender and sensitive breasts will occur in the earlier stages of your pregnancy and most likely in the first three months. You’ll notice they can be tender and extremely sensitive, especially around the nipple area.

By using a supportive and comfortable bra, this tenderness and discomfort may be reduced. But just know that this discomfort will lessen once you enter your second trimester.

4. Cramping

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

You are more likely to get cramps during your pregnancy because your fitness levels and diet have changed due to your condition. It means that your muscles and joints will begin to tighten and cause you discomfort.

They occur most frequently at night. In this case, increase your calcium intake, but make sure you get your doctors advice first. While in bed, stretch out your legs with your heels and not your toes.

5. Heartburn

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Heartburn is another discomfort that is more likely to occur when you are pregnant. You’ll notice that you get it more often than usual, even when you aren’t eating too many fatty foods or too quickly. The best way to avoid or minimize the occurrence of heartburns is to avoid fatty, processed, and highly seasoned foods.

On top of that, eat smaller portions but more frequently. Do not sleep if your stomach feels too full or bloated. If you are suffering from heartburn, milk or carbonated beverages may help. Speak with your doctor about medication that may help.

6. Backache

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Backaches happen most during pregnancy because your back now needs to support the extra weight in your stomach region. Over time this will take a toll on your lower back as well as your posture. The best way to stop this is to not stay in one position too long.

When you’re seated, get up and walk for a short while. When you’re in bed, change your position now and then. Ask your doctor about specific exercises that can alleviate the pain and tension in your back.

7. Dizziness and Nausea

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

This usually occurs due to low blood sugar from a sudden change in posture. To avoid this feeling, slow down your movements wherever you go down to rest or when getting up from the bed or seat.

If you have low blood sugar more often than usual, carry around naturally sweet snacks. Juices and fruits that have high sugar levels can help to reduce dizziness or nausea.

When to See a Doctor?

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

If you experience one of these common discomforts of pregnancy and it feels too much to bear, go check yourself to your doctor immediately as it may be signs of more serious health complications.

If you do not seek medical attention in time, it may cause more serious symptoms and jeopardize your own health and safety. Other than that, just hang in there. You are well along your way of going through a natural process that all pregnant women go through.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.