Pregnancy affects almost every part
of a woman's daily life. If you develop problems and your doctor has given you
specific instructions to follow during your pregnancy, be sure to follow those
During your pregnancy, you may have questions about
many of the following common concerns:
For many women, the hardest part of
early pregnancy is
morning sickness. You may be able to use home
treatment to help your nausea or vomiting.
- If nausea is worse when you first wake up, eat
a small snack (such as crackers) before you get out of bed. Rest a few minutes
after eating the snack, then get out of bed slowly.
- Eat regularly.
Do not skip meals or go for long periods without eating. An empty stomach can
make nausea worse. Eat several small meals every day instead of three large
- Drink enough fluids every day. Do not become
dehydrated. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or
Powerade, may help if you have ongoing vomiting. Ginger tea may help your
nausea as well.
- Eat more protein, such as dairy
- Do not eat foods high in fat.
- Do not take
iron supplements, which can make nausea worse.
- Try to stay away
from smells that trigger morning sickness. Citrus juice, milk, coffee, and
caffeinated tea may make nausea worse.
- Get lots of rest. Morning
sickness may be worse when you are tired.
- Pregnancy: Dealing With Morning Sickness.
Feeling tired (fatigue)
Most women have some fatigue
during pregnancy, especially during the first and third
trimesters. During the first trimester, your body
makes higher levels of the hormone
progesterone, which may make you feel more tired. You
may feel more energy during most of your second trimester. Later in pregnancy,
your growing baby and loss of sleep because you cannot find a comfortable
position can lower your energy level.
To help with fatigue during
- Eat regularly. Do not skip meals or go for long
periods without eating. Choose healthy foods.
- Exercise regularly.
Get outside, take walks, or keep your blood moving with your favorite workout.
If you do not have your usual energy, do not overdo it.
- Try to take
rest breaks often during the day.
- Do only as much as you need to,
and do not take on extra activities or responsibilities.
Sleep problems are
common during pregnancy. These tips may help you get a good night's sleep.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule.
- Keep your naps as short as possible.
- Use your bed only
- Limit your caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola drinks,
- Try relaxation methods, such as meditation or guided imagery. For more information, see
- Limit what you drink
after 6 p.m. so you do not have to get up to the bathroom during the
- Use extra pillows to raise your head or to help you find a