Everybody’s pregnancy journey is different. And for some expectant mums, it can bring about a range of discomforts and symptoms.
From morning sickness to fatigue, mood swings to backaches, these experiences can sometimes challenge an expectant mother’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
However, with the right strategies and a little self-care, you can navigate through these pregnancy symptoms and make your birth journey a more enjoyable experience.
In this blog, we’ll explore some effective tips and tricks to help you cope with common pregnancy symptoms.
Nausea and morning sickness
Morning sickness can be a challenging part of pregnancy for many women.
To alleviate these pregnancy symptoms, try having small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Ginger, lemon, and peppermint are known to ease nausea, so incorporate them into your diet through the likes of ginger tea or lemon-infused water. It’s also important to stay hydrated by sipping water or herbal teas regularly.
Fatigue and lack of energy
Growing a baby can come with its challenges, and it’s natural to feel tired during pregnancy. Make sure to get plenty of rest and prioritise sleep. Listen to your body and allow yourself to take breaks whenever needed.
Engaging in light exercises, such as prenatal yoga or walking, can also boost your energy levels.
Fit Together is a great local option for staying active during your pregnancy. Fit Togther’s classes are held at the Maqam Centre just a few minutes walk from Kensal Rise underground.
Led by a personal trainer, these classes will help you feel stronger and more capable of everyday tasks with your growing bump by focusing on your whole body and mind.
The classes are relaxed, giving you the space to workout whilst focusing on what’s best for you.
If you live in or near South Kensington, try a class with Fit Together today. Book a space online here.
Be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise during your pregnancy.
Emotional changes and mood swings
It’s normal for pregnancy hormones to lead to emotional ups and downs.
It’s crucial to recognise, acknowledge and express your emotions. Engage in activities that help you relax and unwind, such as reading, journaling, or listening to calming music.
Communicate your feelings with your partner or close friends to receive emotional support.
Being part of an antenatal group can prove hugely beneficial when pregnant – as you’ll meet other expectant mothers who might be experiencing some of the same symptoms as you. If you haven’t already, now is the time to join an antenatal class.
If you’re not sure which one to choose just yet, why not join the South Kensington group in Our Community?
Our Community is an online platform of forums and groups where parents-to-be can share ideas and experiences. It’s completely FREE to register. Create your account today.
Backaches and joint pain
As your baby grows, your body undergoes significant changes that can strain your back and joints.
In order to combat these pregnancy symptoms, practice good posture and avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
Opt for supportive footwear and consider using a pregnancy pillow to alleviate pressure on your back while sleeping.
Gentle exercises, like swimming or prenatal yoga, can strengthen your muscles and relieve backaches.
You can also invest in support devices that can be great for labour, but also late pregnancy like the CUB, which aids you to manoeuvre into upright positions that could be beneficial for you and your baby. You can read more about upright birthing positions here.
Heartburn and indigestion
Many pregnant women experience heartburn and indigestion due to hormonal changes and pressure on the digestive system.
Try eating smaller meals but more often throughout the day, and avoid spicy, fatty, or greasy foods that might trigger discomfort.
Elevating the head of your bed and sleeping on your left side can also reduce acid reflux. If these pregnancy symptoms persist, consult your healthcare provider for safe antacids or other suitable remedies.
Swollen feet and ankles
Fluid retention is a common occurrence during pregnancy, leading to swelling in the feet and ankles.
Stay active and incorporate regular walks into your routine to improve circulation. Prop up your feet whenever possible and avoid standing for extended periods.
Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and avoiding tight-fitting socks or stockings can also provide relief.
Pregnancy symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but these tips and tricks can help you cope with the common discomforts that arise during this special time.
Remember to prioritise self-care, listen to your body, and seek support when needed. Each pregnancy is unique, and so are its pregnancy symptoms, so consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice if you are worried.
Remember, you don’t have to experience this journey alone.
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Our antenatal classes give will you the opportunity to meet other expectant mothers, with whom you can share your experiences of pregnancy symptoms, coping strategies and more.
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 NHS: Managing Symptoms of Heartburn and Acid Reflux
 Tommy’s: Swelling in Hands and Feet During Pregnancy