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The Most Common Concerns During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is taxing on a woman’s body. Because of this, it’s normal to experience a couple of discomforts. However, these can become quite severe over time in some cases, so it’s important to speak to a doctor if you’re having difficulty coping. Below, we’re going to cover some of the most common concerns during pregnancy and what to do if you experience them.
 
Morning sickness

 Despite the name, morning sickness can happen at any time. It usually involves nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, often occurring between the 4th and 16th week. To combat morning sickness, drink plenty of fluids such as water, but also sports drinks to replenish the electrolytes in your body. You can also eat smaller amounts of food more often instead of large meals and get plenty of rest throughout the day.

 Swollen joints 

 Your ankles, feet and fingers can often become swollen during pregnancy. This is often due to the extra fluid in your tissues during pregnancy. You can overcome this by resting with your feet elevated, wearing more comfortable shoes and avoiding long periods of standing. You may also need to contact your doctor or midwife if rest does not relieve the swelling, or if it happens on other parts of your body.

 Fatigue

 It’s common to feel tired or have difficulty sleeping during pregnancy. This can be caused by frequent visits to the toilet or discomfort when lying down. Try to lie on your side with a pillow to support your tummy and also one between your knees. Get plenty of rest during the day when possible, and avoid stimulants like caffeine. We’ve included an infographic below about the rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. While these common issues usually aren’t an indication of maternal mortality, it’s very important to seek care whenever you are concerned about your health during pregnancy.
 
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