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Easing Pregnancy Discomforts

Digestive Problems:
Pregnancy hormones slow some bodily functions, resulting in constipation, indigestion, bloating, and gas.
Relief
Eat a diet high in fiber (whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables), drink plenty of liquids, and try to take a walk every day.

Nausea:
So-called morning sickness -- nausea that ranges from mild queasiness to frequent vomiting -- can last all day.
Relief
Eat small, frequent meals high in protein and carbohydrates, and keep a few crackers by your bed to help settle your stomach before you get up in the morning.

Heartburn:
Your uterus presses on your stomach, causing acids to back up.
Relief
Even when you're ravenous, eat slowly. Avoid greasy foods and stay upright after meals. Also, try eating yogurt or chewable calcium tablets.

Tender Breasts:
As your breasts rev up for breastfeeding, they may be slightly swollen and feel sensitive or painful to the touch.
Relief
Buy a comfortable and supportive bra (without underwire is best).

Headaches:
The sudden surge of hormones may cause migraines.
Relief
Try hot and cold compresses, temple massage, and fresh air. Acetaminophen is considered safe for pregnant women, but talk to your doctor before taking any drugs.

Nasal Congestion:
High levels of estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow to the mucous membranes, causing them to soften and swell. Your sinuses may feel extremely dry.
Relief
Use a humidifier to loosen congestion, and lubricate the inside of your nose with a little petroleum jelly.

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