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Pregnancy-Related Problems - Home Treatment

Constipation and hemorrhoids

Constipation and hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. To prevent or ease these symptoms:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Talk to your doctor about trying a stool softener.
  • Do not strain (push hard) during a bowel movement.
  • Get more exercise every day.

Back, pelvic, and hip discomfort

Many women have back, pelvic, or hip discomfort during pregnancy. As the size and weight of your belly increases, strain is placed on your back. Pelvic and hip discomfort is a normal sign that your pelvic area is getting ready for childbirth. To help with your discomfort, follow these tips:

  • Try not to stand for long periods of time.
  • Stand with a straight back. Do not stand with your belly forward and your shoulders back.
  • Rest one foot on a small box, brick, or stool when standing.
  • Try heat, such as a hot water bottle or a heating pad set on low, to painful areas when resting. Do not fall asleep with a heating pad in place. Place a cloth between your skin and the heating pad.
  • Sit with a back support or pillow against your lower back. If you must sit for a long time, get up and move around every hour.
  • Wear a prenatal belt or girdle around your hips but under your belly to support your hips.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress (plywood under a mattress helps). Lie on your side, with a pillow between your knees.
  • Do not lift anything heavy. Lift with your legs by rising from a squat, keeping your waist and back straight.
  • Do not stretch to reach something on a high shelf or across a table.
  • Try acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. Talk to your doctor if your discomfort does not get better with acetaminophen. Do not use more than the recommended dosage.

Fetal movement counting

After 18 to 20 weeks, you will notice that your baby moves and kicks more at certain times of the day. For example, when you are active, you may feel less kicking than when you are resting quietly. At your prenatal visits, your doctor may ask you whether the baby is active.

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