What can I do for my aching legs and swelling feet?
Different women suggest different solutions. You can soak your legs in warm water before going to bed. You can also add peppermint to the water for instant relief. This will help in loosening your calf muscles and will prevent swelling and cramps during the night. And some say that a light foot massage with some moisturiser, and then propping your legs up on some pillows, help a great deal.
What do I do about heartburn?
Limit your amount of oily, fatty, and spicy food, and never have a heavy food item before bedtime. Chew your food slowly and properly. Avoid foods that may aggravate heartburn, such as broccoli, cabbage, chocolate, garlic, onions, and caffeine. Don't lie down immediately after consuming food. Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated. Have an apple, and after 10-20 minutes, you will experience a series of burps that will relieve you to a certain extent. Or then, try one teaspoon of mustard. They say it always works. You could also soak 5 to 6 almonds in water overnight, and the next morning grind them into a mixture. Add some more water to it and drink it.
What can I do for constipation?
Drinking lots of water and fluids is always a great help. If it is some home remedies that you are looking for then you can mix some ginger powder in your food on a regular basis. Consumption of ginger in any way aids constipation quite effectively. You can also have it in the form of ginger tea and ale. Another option is eating dates as it relieves indigestion. Stay hydrated and eat lots of fruits that are rich in fibre like oranges, grapes, plums and bananas.
What can I do about my insomnia?
Take a warm bath, and consume lukewarm milk or a cup of chamomile tea before hitting the bed. You can add two drops of lavender oil in two drops of grapeseed oil and ask your partner to give you a lower back, neck and shoulder massage. This will help you sleep like a baby.
Do I have to pay more attention to my gums as I am pregnant?
During pregnancy the increase in hormone production causes the gums to become extra sensitive to the bacteria in plaque. Poor dental job leads to plaque build-up on teeth and leads to gum diseases. Also, many women find that they need to eat small and frequent meals; some also find a sudden or increased preference for sweet foods. The change in eating patterns sets the stage for dental carelessness and hence a higher tendency for gum problems to creep in. To prevent this, you could gently brush your teeth after every meal if possible, or eat calcium-rich food like yoghurt, milk, almonds, etc.
What are the early signs of vaginal infection?
Your vagina will itch and will have a burning sensation. The vaginal discharge will become foul smelling, thick, yellow or greenish. A treatment should be sought immediately because certain types of infection can increase the chances of having a premature birth.
What is sciatica and what causes it?
In this condition you have pain, tingling or numbness that travels down the buttock, hip and thigh; it is caused by the pressure of uterus on the sciatica nerve. It is also known as the Restless Leg Syndrome (RSL). Unpleasant sensations in the limbs like crawling, tingling, burning and aches in the calves, thighs, feet and other parts of the legs are the symptoms. It often subsides once you start walking around or make some movement. To ease this, you can take a warm bath, massage your legs and do light lower body exercises recommended by the doctor over the day.
What are Braxton Hicks Contractions?
Irregular belly tightening and cramp like sensation which subsides after sometime are called Braxton Hicks Contractions. It can start as early as week 20 but gets more obvious around week 30 for many women. It may continue right up until the real act of labour begins. These contractions come and go and they stop or weaken when you change positions. Reasons for this are mainly dehydration and stress. Drink lots of fluids, lie down or move around. A warm shower also eases the pain quite a bit. However, check with your doctor if you are experiencing them frequently and if the pain is unbearable.