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Easing Pregnancy Discomforts

Before you became pregnant, you probably thought that you had an understanding with your body: You were good to it, it was good to you. Now that you're expecting, however, you find that all bets are off. Your little bundle of joy is calling the shots, and your body is straining to accommodate. Feet are swelling, ligaments are stretching, veins are bulging, and hormones are raging. Simply put, you need help. Fortunately, relief is just a page away.


Itchy Skin:
As your skin stretches, it can become dry and itchy.
Slather on moisturizer or cocoa butter after bathing, and avoid harsh soaps, which remove your skin's natural oils.

Frequent Urination:
Your growing uterus presses on your bladder.
By four months, the uterus moves up, relieving the pressure. Meanwhile, keep drinking liquids and don't wait to urinate -- it can lead to a urinary tract infection.

You may retain some fluid -- especially around your ankles and feet.
Put your feet up, switch standing and sitting positions often, and don't cross your legs. If your rings get tight, put them on a chain and wear them as a necklace.