Pregnancy-Related Problems (cont.)
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Check Your Symptoms
Pregnancy affects almost every part of a woman's daily life. If you develop problems and your doctor has given you specific instructions to follow during your pregnancy, be sure to follow those instructions.
During your pregnancy, you may have questions about many of the following common concerns:
For many women, the hardest part of early pregnancy is morning sickness. You may be able to use home treatment to help your nausea or vomiting.
Feeling tired (fatigue)
Most women have some fatigue during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester, your body makes higher levels of the hormone progesterone, which may make you feel more tired. You may feel more energy during most of your second trimester. Later in pregnancy, your growing baby and loss of sleep because you cannot find a comfortable position can lower your energy level.
To help with fatigue during pregnancy:
Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. These tips may help you get a good night's sleep.
Nonprescription medicine to help relieve discomfort or fever
You may also have other common problems, like a cold, mild headache, backache, mild fever, or the flu, while you are pregnant that are not caused by your pregnancy. These minor symptoms generally do not cause problems or hurt your baby. It is safe to use acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, during pregnancy to help relieve discomfort, but call your doctor if you develop a fever.
Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Most pregnant women have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially heartburn, at some time during pregnancy. These symptoms are common but do not usually cause problems or hurt your baby. Most of the time symptoms of heartburn get better once the baby is born.
You can make changes to your lifestyle to help relieve your symptoms of GERD. Here are some things to try:
Constipation and hemorrhoids
Constipation and hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. To prevent or ease these symptoms:
Back, pelvic, and hip discomfort
Many women have back, pelvic, or hip discomfort during pregnancy. As the size and weight of your belly increases, strain is placed on your back. Pelvic and hip discomfort is a normal sign that your pelvic area is getting ready for childbirth. To help with your discomfort, follow these tips:
Fetal movement counting
Your baby probably moves and kicks more at certain times of the day. For example, when you are active, your baby may kick less than when you are resting quietly. At your prenatal visits, your doctor will ask you whether your baby is active. Studies show that a pregnant woman's awareness of her baby's movement is linked to how well the baby is doing.
In the last trimester of your pregnancy, your doctor may ask you to keep track of your baby's movement every day. You can check your baby's movements while you are lying on your side resting quietly, by counting the number of movements you feel over a 1-hour period. Ten or more movements (such as kicks, flutters, or rolls) in 1 hour are a good average, but do not worry if you do not feel 10 movements. Fewer movements may simply mean that your baby is sleeping. If you do not feel 10 movements in an hour, keep counting for a second hour. You can drink or eat something to see if the baby starts moving.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
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