What are Your Pregnancy Symptoms and Concerns?

Pregnancy is amazing…except when it’s not!

Those annoying pregnancy symptoms and concerns can get in the way of that amazing pregnancy glow you’ve been told about! From aches and pains to constipation and cankles, and lack of energy to lack of sleep, you’ve got a lot to do. Don’t let these common pregnancy symptoms and concerns, also known as pains in the you know whats, slow you down. Our hormones are in a free for all as our body is preparing itself to grow a human being. You may experience one or many of the above mentioned symptoms. But you don’t have to suffer anymore.There are safe, trusted and effective ways to avoid and alleviate unwanted ailments. OB/GYN recommended solutions for those pregnancy symptoms on the “no one told me this was going to happen” list. Symptoms like pregnancy heartburn, insomnia, nausea, constipation, aches and pains and, lucky for us, much much more can be safely resolved. You’re not alone (not that having company will make you feel better!).

Click on the symptom below to learn more about how to help avoid or alleviate your symptom, there’s no need to suffer!

Each stage of pregnancy can bring on new aches and pains. Why? Sharp, shooting pains on either side of your abdomen may result from the stretching tissue supporting your growing uterus. These pains may also travel down your thigh and into your leg. Hormones can also cause headaches. Your body is changing and preparing for baby, but you don’t have to suffer. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the pain.

Oh, my aching back! You’ve probably said that a few times during your pregnancy. You are not alone. Back pain is a common ailment during pregnancy. Nearly 50% of all women complain of back pain at some point during her pregnancy.

Are your breasts getting larger? Are they more tender and sensitive? Most pregnant women will feel some changes as you get ready for breastfeeding. Exciting? Yes! Comfortable? No! It’s normal to have an increase in breast size which is due to your milk glands and the fat tissue enlarging, causing breast firmness and tenderness typically during pregnancy’s first and last few months. Tenderness is generally caused by an increase of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

Nobody likes to talk about it, but constipation is a reality of pregnancy for many women. Approximately 50% of women suffer constipation at some point during their pregnancy.

Many mamas-to-be experience headaches during pregnancy. It may comfort you to know, you are not alone. This is a common pregnancy ailment and can happen at anytime but occur most frequently in the first and third trimester.

Heartburn and indigestion is also common during pregnancy. Also known as “dyspepsia,” indigestion is just another name for an upset stomach. You’ll know you have indigestion if you feel very full, bloated or gassy (oh, the joys of pregnancy!). More than 50% of all pregnant women report symptoms of severe heartburn, particularly during their second and third trimesters.

All you want to do is lie down on a floor (anywhere!) and just sleep. Most of you will have a lack of energy during pregnancy, especially during early and late pregnancy. At these times, your body is producing new hormones and making a lot of changes to prepare for the hard work ahead and it is exhausting (creating a human takes a lot of work!).

Sleeplessness, aka, insomnia is a major issue.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 Women and Sleep poll, a whopping 78% of women report more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times. Many women also report feeling extremely fatigued during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. Considering the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy and the prevalence of sleep disorders among pregnant women, it’s no wonder that expectant mothers become so tired (and cranky!).

It is estimated that more than 50% of all pregnant women report nausea during pregnancy. Along with lack of energy, nausea is the most common pregnancy ailment.