Comfort Tips During Pregnancy

Talk with your doctor before using pain-relieving medication at any time during your pregnancy.

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First Trimester Tips

Nausea

  • Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed.

  • Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals.

  • Drink water with lemon slices.

Fatigue:

  • Take catnaps when you can.

  • Get regular exercise.

  • Accept help from others.

Mood Swings

  • Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers.

  • Limit sugar, chocolate, and caffeine.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Don’t skip meals.

Headaches

  • Get fresh air and exercise.

  • Relax and get enough rest.

  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking any pain medications.

Second Trimester Tips

  • To limit ankle swelling, sit with your feet raised.

  • If you have pain in your groin and abdomen (round ligament pain), avoid sudden twisting movements.

  • For leg cramps, wear support hose. Get enough exercise and wear shoes with flexible soles.

Third Trimester Tips

Reducing Heartburn

  • Eat small, light meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones.

  • Sleep with your upper body raised 6 inches. Don’t lie down until 2 hours after you eat.

Treating Constipation

  • Eat foods high in fiber (whole-grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables).

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Get regular exercise.

Taking Care of Your Breasts

  • Avoid using harsh soaps or alcohol, which can cause excessive dryness.

  • Wear nursing bras. They provide more support than regular bras and can be used after pregnancy if you breastfeed.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Take a warm shower before bed.

  • Sleep on a firm mattress.

  • Lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other.

  • Use pillows to support arms, legs, and belly.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dolan, Mary S, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Morell, Patrick W, MD
Last Review Date: 12/22/2011
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