Ways to Cope with Pregnancy Discomforts: Part Three
You may have read part one and part two of this series, but there were still a few more symptoms that I wanted to cover. So here is the last to the series! There are so many discomforts women experience during pregnancy and, a lot of times, women are sometimes unsure if these symptoms are normal. They are and that is why I wanted to explain them to you as well as explain some things that you can better the situation. Here are four more:
Did you know that your basal metabolic rate (the rate at which you expend energy) increases by 20% during pregnancy? It does! This then causes your glands to work overtime and the blood flow to your skin to increase. This is why you’re more likely to feel uncomfortable in both warm weather and cold weather. It takes a little extra effort to keep yourself cool, so try to do the following:
- Bathe daily – A daily bath is a must during pregnancy and also helps you keep relaxed.
- Use a good antiperspirant – This is an obvious one.
- Dress in layers – As the office gets warmer, you can remove a layer at a time until you’re down to a light blouse.
- Keep tissues nearby – Sometimes sweaty palms make it difficult to work. A box of tissues, a handkerchief, or even a towel are handy things to keep conveniently nearby.
- Wear foot pads – If your feet become less tolerant to heat, use foot pads to keep perspiration under control.
- Keep a fan with you – Have one in your office, at your workstation, or even a portable one in your purse.
- Schedule your time – Make sure you’re not outside between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at it’s strongest.
- Try not to accept work assignments that could take too much of a physical toll – An all-day business conference is draining enough under any circumstances, but for mothers-to-be, such an event can be downright exhausting.
You may be noticing as your pregnancy progresses that your bladder is filling more quickly and you’re having to go to the bathroom more frequently. Your uterus is placing more and more pressure on your bladder as your baby grows so that is part of the problem, but, not only that, you’re drinking more water to relieve constipation, dehydration, and possibly to treat a urinary-tract infection. To be on the safe side, do the following:
- Empty your bladder frequently throughout the day – You may have to explain to your boss that you will be needing more frequent bathroom breaks.
- Wear a sanitary pad – Sometimes, nature calls before you can run out the door. Be prepared in case you can’t make it to the restroom in time. Carry an extra one in your purse as well.
- Tell your doctor – Frequent urination may also be the result of an infection. If the problem increases, be sure to talk to your care provider.
When veins become weakened and enlarged because they’ve had to work harder to circulate the blood, those are called varicose veins. Heredity also plays a part in their development. Pregnant women will often develop them in their legs, and less often, in their genital area. I know, super fun. The good thing is you can expect them to fade a good amount after birth. While you are still pregnant, however, there are efforts you can make to reduce the threat, such as:
- Move around often – Walking and exercising provide the best protection against varicose veins. Elevate your legs when you’re sitting to hurry the return of blood from your legs.
- Wear support hose – Especially if you stand for long periods, wear elastic support stockings or maternity pantyhose, which you should put on while lying on your back. Avoid tight clothing.
- Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time
Increased water retention and elevated hormone levels may cause vision disturbances. If you experience vision changes along with swelling in the face and hands, it usually means something more serious like toxemia. If if you are not swelling in the face and hands with this, the difficulty is only temporary. Just take these precautions while waiting for it to pass:
- Cleanse contact lenses often – Cloudy contact lenses interfere with your work and life. Keep a lens-cleaning kit with you and use it whenever necessary. If contacts don’t fit as well as usual, wear glasses instead.
- Use eye drops – Ask your doctor to recommend a good brand of eye drops and use them several times during the day.
- Avoid eye strain – You may not be able to cut down on reading if your work responsibilities require it, but be sure to rest your eyes in the evening if they’ve been bothering you. This means avoid watching TV.
Alright, ladies! There you have it! There are all the ways to cope with pregnancy discomforts. Hope these tips help make this time in your lives more enjoyable!