Mums-to-be seeking help and advice from the pharmacy.
Pregnancy can be akin to being on a physical and emotional rollercoaster, with women not only having to plan for the arrival of their new-born, but possibly coping with troublesome symptoms that can accompany the changes happening to their body. During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through changes to accommodate the growing baby, with this she also get some health related problems as well during all the three trimesters. Some of them are as follows:-
Morning Sickness: Nausea and vomiting is very common, particularly in early pregnancy. Around half of all pregnant women experience vomiting, and more than 80% of women experience nausea in the first 12 weeks. It usually improves or disappears by around week 14 But for some women it can last longer. Severe symptoms should always be taken seriously around 1 in 100 women are diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive nausea and vomiting) which can cause severe dehydration and need medical treatment.
Heartburn and Indigestion: Out of 8/10 women experience Heartburn & Indigestion (dyspepsia). It can be caused by hormonal changes, certain foods and in later pregnancy, by the growing womb pressing on the stomach. Women should avoid caffeine, spicy foods, citrus fruits, pickles and rich/oily foods and try to not to eat dinner too late.
Bladder Weakness: Up to 69% of pregnant women and new mothers experience light bladder weakness. It occurs when weakened pelvic muscles, resulting from increased pressure on the tummy, can’t control the passing of urine.
Back Pain: When pregnant, the ligaments in the body become softer and stretch to prepare the body for baby’s birth. This can put strain on the joints in the lower back and pelvis, which can cause back pain. Wearing flat shoes, exercising in water, avoid lifting heavy objects and getting enough rest can help to protect the back.