Each pregnancy can bring different symptoms and different ways of being uncomfortable. I have gone through three pregnancies and each one was different and unique. During one pregnancy, the most difficult symptom was being tired. I believe I could have slept the entire nine months easily. In another pregnancy, I suffered from morning sickness, the whole time. And in the third pregnancy, I had heartburn. Heartburn that stopped me from sleeping. Heartburn that severely limited my diet. Heartburn that came no matter what I ate. Heartburn that hurt.
Heartburn is caused when the valve between your stomach and your esophagus is not working properly. Normally this valve stops stomach acids from entering the esophagus. During pregnancy there are two main causes of heartburn. The first is the hormone progesterone. This hormone causes the valve to relax. The second occurs during the third trimester. The growing uterus can push up on the valve, causing it to open. Both reasons cause stoma...
During pregnancy it seems like all the rules change. You begin to think about everything that you put into your body but at the same time your body is changing so dramatically that each day seems to bring a new issue, thought or concern. Most women experience heartburn at some point during pregnancy. The reasons for the increased likelihood of heartburn include: hormones relaxing the esophageal sphincter, increased pressure on the stomach from the growing baby and frequently constipation blocking up the plumbing.
Many women will be able to deal with the reflux using preventive measures such as raising the head of the bed, eating smaller more frequent meals, avoiding trigger foods, etc. Occasionally though these measures aren’t enough and the reflux symptoms get to the point where a mother may need to consider medication. Avoiding medications is always the first choice but sometimes they are necessary.
While it’s always important to check in with your docto...
Toxemia; Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)
Often, women who are diagnosed with preeclampsia do not feel sick.
Symptoms of preeclampsia can include:
Swelling of the hands and face/eyes ( edema )
More than 2 pounds per week Sudden weight gain over 1 - 2 days
Note: Some swelling of the feet and ankles is considered normal with pregnancy.
Symptoms of more severe preeclampsia:
Headaches that are dull or throbbing and will not go away
Abdominal pain, mostly felt on the right side, underneath the ribs. Pain may also be felt in the right shoulder, and can be confused with heartburn , gallbladder pain, a stomach virus, or the baby kicking
Decreased urine output, not urinating very often
Nausea and vomiting (worrisome sign)
Vision changes -- temporary loss of vision, sensations of flashing lights, auras, light sensitivity, spots, and blurry vision
Signs and tests
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