Changes You May Experience During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you may experience many physical changes in your body. From the way you look, feel, and breathe, there is usually a perfectly good explanation for why these changes are happening.

Changes in Your Body
As your baby grows, it is inevitable that your body will change and grow with it. You may experience backaches as your uterus grows. There are different ways to help with this pain, such as using a heating pad. You may also realize that your breasts feel different. Often during pregnancy, breasts will grow and become firm. You may also notice some tenderness, and changes in your nipples (darkness and hardness). The best way to relieve some of this discomfort is by getting a bra that fits well and helps support.

You may also experience swelling while pregnant. Swelling is normal during pregnancy, especially in the legs and hands towards the end of the pregnancy. Swelling may be worse when you are in high temperatures. Ask Dr. Hill for tips on how to alleviate swelling.

Another change you may experience while pregnant are hemorrhoids. These are very common in pregnancy, and can be very painful if left untreated. To help ease the pain, there are creams or ointments that you can use. Ask Dr. Hill or Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels before use.

High Blood Pressure
During pregnancy, you may experience high blood pressure. Some women have no symptom of high blood pressure at all, which is why it is so important to stay up to date with your routine checkups.  If high blood pressure is left untreated during pregnancy, it can be very dangerous for you and your baby. If you are experiencing symptoms of high blood pressure during pregnancy (such as dizziness, headaches, blurred vision), call Dr. Hill.

Morning Sickness
Nausea during pregnancy is normal. While it is typically referred to as morning sickness, this can happen at any time of the day. To prevent this, eat small meals throughout the day or eat some crackers. Never let your stomach get completely empty.

Constipation
You may experience constipation during your pregnancy. The best way to help this symptom is to eat fiber, and drink plenty of liquids.

Issues Breathing
It is common to feel short of breath during pregnancy. As your baby and uterus grow, your lungs can’t expand as much as they used to. Your baby will drop toward the end of your pregnancy, and you will be able to breathe normal again.