Important Tips to Keep in Mind During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a physiological condition. Although it is a physiological condition, various complications and problems may appear during pregnancy and are solely due to pregnancy. Common problems encountered during pregnancy include, nausea and vomiting (morning sickness), increased incidence of heartburn, and problems that may occur if pregnant woman has to travel (this may include travelling to a doctor’s clinic or hospital or travel to a distant location or even travel to a different country that require air travel) for any reason.

Tips to prevent/reduce nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) during pregnancy:

  • Eat frequently and in small portions. Eat small portions every three to four hours. Avoid large meals and gap between meals should not be more than 4 hours, ideally.
  • Get up from bed or lying position slowly.
  • Take rest, because tiredness may increase problem of morning sickness.
  • Avoid smells that are uncomfortable for you. During pregnancy it is common to be repulsive to certain smells, that are usually not a problem during normal times.
  • Some smells may make you feel better. Use these smells whenever possible.
  • Do not eat fatty foods and spicy foods, these food increase heartburn too.
  • Wear loose cloths and avoid using tight clothing that may put pressure on stomach and make condition worse.

The following measures may prevent heartburn:

  • Avoid caffeine
  • Drink less during evening time, but do not reduce fluid intake during daytime.
  • Eat small meals every few hours.
  • Eat peppermint after meals
  • You can try putting a pillow in between knees, which may ease strain on hips and knees.

Tips for travel during pregnancy:

  • If you must travel, do it during second trimester of pregnancy. Because during second trimester the risk of miscarriage is minimum and morning sickness is usually no more by second trimester.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods during travel (by road, rail or air). Stretch and walk every hour or every 2 hours.
  • Carry snacks, so you do not go without food for long hours.
  • Always carry drinking water bottle with you. Keep oral rehydration solution/salt (ORS) handy.

These above mentioned tips can be very useful if followed during pregnancy to prevent problems and complications during pregnancy.

 

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