They become evident in pregnancy due to a combination of progesterone relaxing the blood vessels and pressure from the growing uterus. Haemorrhoids can also occur as a result of straining to pass bowel movements.
If you are prescribed iron for anaemia it may make you constipated, so you might like to try a natural iron tonic instead see your naturopath. Increase fluids and fibre in your diet and avoid straining to pass bowel movements. While haemorrhoids may be uncomfortable, they are usually short lived and easy to treat. Sharp, intermittent pain in the anal region Itchiness around the anus Small amounts of blood during bowel movements you may see this on the toilet tissue Discomfort or pain during and after bowel movements If you notice any of the following, consult your care provider: Blood during bowel movements is dark in colour Symptoms continue for more than two weeks A change in normal bowel habits for more than two weeks A persistent pain in the abdomen or anal region Most haemorrhoid treatments are available over the counter from pharmacies and are suitable to use during pregnancy, but you should always check with your Obstetrician, doctor or pharmacist first.
Some effective natural remedies include: Tissue salts, which you can get over the counter from your pharmacy or a health food store Witchhazel tincture which you can also purchase from your pharmacy, is used topically.
You can apply it on a cotton ball to the affected area when going to bed. Leave the wet cotton ball on overnight and you will usually see great results in days. There is also a witchhazel cream which you can place in the fridge for extra soothe-factor! It relaxes the valve at the entrance to the stomach, which makes it easier for stomach acid to flow into the oesophagus, resulting in a burning sensation.
Your baby can also press on the stomach which again causes stomach acid to flow upwards. You will usually notice heartburn when lying down, straining or coughing. You can try to avoid heartburn by keeping your meals small and frequent instead of large and few, drinking a glass of milk to help neutralise the acid can sometimes help, particularly before bed.
Do not eat spicy foods or foods that are high in fat. Check with your midwife, doctor or pharmacist if you would like to take pharmaceutical or over-the-counter antacids, or speak to your naturopath or herbalist for soothing and gentle herbal support.
For some pregnant women, blood pressure can rise above normal levels. This can range from a mild case of high blood pressure HBP to a more severe level. You may have no symptoms or you may have many, some being vomiting, headaches, disturbed vision and a sharp pain just below your breastbone. High blood pressure can also be accompanied by water retention — swelling of the hands, feet and ankles and while HBP can occur at any time, it is more likely to occur later in pregnancy.
HBP is more common for women having their first baby, having more than one baby and those who are over 35 years of age. The reason why HBP must be closely monitored is that it may be a signal of pre-eclampsia. If you are worried that you have these symptoms, consult your care provider. The cause of HBP is not fully known, however it is important that you communicate any concerns, as HBP can require immediate attention and hospitalisation.
Milder cases may result in the patient being ordered on bed rest. Magnesium supplements and herbal tonics can be used to successfully treat obstetric hypertension. Massages, a warm bath, a cup of strong Chamomile tea, reading, watching television or something else you find relaxing may help. You could always come and have a natter with someone on BellyBelly! Sleeping pills can cross the placenta and affect baby, so it is unlikely you will be prescribed these.
Your naturopath or herbalist can give you some pointers on reducing insomnia, and there are many herbs that are safe during pregnancy for both you and your bub. If you are particularly concerned about your lack of sleep, consult your midwife or doctor. Pregnancy Side Effect 10 — Low Iron Low iron is quite common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. It can leave you feeling even more tired than you already are, and who want that?! Many iron supplements can leave you constipated, with an upset tummy or may not absorb well.
Floridix is a great option for a preventative and is recommended by many midwives. Because it absorbs so well, the dose is smaller too, which is great if you have ever tasted liquid iron before!
Also, if you are an avid coffee or tea drinker, cut down or cut out your consumption, especially around mealtimes or when consuming iron. Carbonyl iron is another option for women who experience digestive issues during pregnancy. Because it is naturally regulated by the body providing for slower absorption , carbonyl iron is one of the safest and gentlest forms of iron available. Ask your doctor about carbonyl iron as an alternative to other iron supplements during pregnancy. Nicole Tracy recommends the following sources of iron: Pregnancy Side Effect 11 — Morning Sickness Morning sickness can range from mild nausea to constant vomiting requiring hospitalisation.
Morning sickness most often occurs until the end of the first trimester, but can continue on for any amount of time. For those unlucky enough, morning sickness can hang around for the whole pregnancy, or may even disappear after the first trimester only to return in the third trimester.
While the actual cause of morning sickness is still somewhat of a mystery, the main reasons doctors believe morning sickness may occur are from low blood sugar levels or even pregnancy hormones causing irritation to the stomach — maybe both! There are many different remedies for morning sickness, some of them wives tales and some of them do actually work for some women — everyone is different!
Other things you can do include: Drink lots of fluids Avoid smells like cigarette smoke or other smells which trigger nausea Eat smaller meals, more frequently. Place some nuts and dried fruit in your bag or at your desk in case you can feel a wave of nausea coming. Nausea will always be worse if you are tired. Try to rest whenever you can if you have other children to care for by lying down whenever they do. There are a number of natural remedies which may help alleviate symptoms, including vitamin B6 check with your doctor or pharmacist first for the appropriate dose and ginger.
You could try ginger biscuits for snacks, or even the herb in a capsule form may help. You can drink spearmint and raspberry leaf tea for morning sickness that continues into second trimester. Your naturopath or herbalist can make you a gentle liver tonic, or you can try two cups of roasted dandelion root tea each day. This can be taken with a splash of milk and a teaspoon of honey.
Mainly occurring in the third trimester, it can be more painful when sitting. Rib pain is caused from the uterus pressing into the abdomen, squashing your ribs, as well as baby kicking or punching the area. The only real ways to help here are to make yourself as comfortable as possible by wearing lose fitting clothes and supporting yourself with cushions when lying down. The pain will likely subside when baby drops into your pelvic cavity in preparation for birth. Here is a really effective exercise for temporary relief from Midwife, Alan Rooney: With your feet 40cms from the wall, cross your arms in front of your face.
Then lean your crossed arms on the wall sliding them up the wall above your head and stretching yourself up as far as possible. Hold the position for as long as comfortable. Tenderness of the breasts is often continual throughout your pregnancy and generally increases towards birth. This is the result of hormones preparing your breasts for lactation — your milk ducts grow and stretch, filling with milk.
Make sure you get fitted with a supportive bra and if you have larger breasts, you might consider wearing one at night too. Vitamin B6 can be of help in reducing breast tenderness, especially when taken in conjunction with a specific pregnancy multivitamin.
While this organism ordinarily lives in the intestinal tract of men and women, nearly one out of three women have candida albicans present in their vagina. This is why a pregnant woman is ten times more likely to get thrush than normal — instead of being a nice cosy home for thrush, the vagina is now a five star hotel! Symptoms of vaginal thrush can include one or more of the following: Pregnancy Side Effect 15 — Varicose Veins When pregnant, varicose veins in the legs, anus see haemorrhoids or vulva may occur.
This is usually the result of rising blood pressure in the lower extremities. This is caused by the enlarged uterus interfering with blood flow between the legs and the heart. The best way to avoid this is: Good pre-conception care to strengthen the blood vessels and capillaries Supplementation with vitamin C and bioflavonoids Preventing constipation which puts extra pressure on your blood vessels and veins Avoid standing for too long and put your feet up if you ever wanted any excuse for doing so!
When you sit down, rest your legs on a footstool with your feet elevated. Wriggle and scrunch up your toes. Make circles with your feet and move them around like waving. Avoid pressure on lower thighs. Try not to cross your legs. Support stockings may help as may wearing flat heeled shoes. Massage may help in the prevention of varicose veins but if you do develop them, do not apply massage. You might like to consult a naturopath or homeopath, who have great results with alleviating the symptoms of varicose veins.
Varicose veins will usually disappear once the baby is born, but always inform your caregiver if you do get varicose veins as they are significant.
All images and articles featured on BellyBelly.