Relieving Aches And Pains Of Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a joyous time in a person's life. It can also be one that puts extra stresses on the body, causing aches and pains. Most moms-to-be suffer through these annoying symptoms when awaiting the birth of their children. However, there are some things that can be done to ease these ailments without harming the unborn baby. Here are some of the more common things that can be remedied while pregnant.
Unfortunately, being constipated is a common pregnancy symptom. This can cause pain in the rectal area as well as pain when trying to void. Hemorrhoids can be soothed by using witch hazel pads regularly. This, coupled with ice packs to reduce swelling, can help a lot. Increasing water consumption is recommended. Eating a lot of fiber will help reduce the constipation, which in turn will help by not aggravating the hemorrhoids, giving them time to heal.
The extra weight that a woman has from being pregnant will put added stresses on the back. Back pain is one of the most common pains caused during pregnancy. Pain in the lower back can be remedied by applying heat. You can use a heating pad. Use it for short intervals to help the back muscles relax. Baths are not recommended as the water temperature will be all over your entire body, which is not good for the unborn baby.
Seeing a chiropractor when pregnant can help in many ways. The center of gravity shifts when pregnant, due to the added weight in the front of the body. A chiropractor can align the back, taking this shift into account. Having a back realignment not only relieves back pain, but it allows the body to be better ready for the birth of the baby. It allows the baby to pass through the birth canal easier since the spine is aligned with the rest of the body. A back alignment can also help ease the symptoms of morning sickness.
The extra weight that is gained during pregnancy, paired with the increased water intake, can cause the body to have swelling in various locations. This is usually mildly painful. Swelling is most noticeable in the feet and legs. To relieve swelling, raise the legs to a position that allows them to be higher than the rest of the body. When in a lying down position, place a pillow underneath the legs to take the pressure away from the swollen areas.