Pregnancy-Related Problems - Home Treatment
Constipation and hemorrhoids
Constipation and hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. To prevent or ease these
- Eat a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially
- Talk to your doctor about trying a stool softener.
- Do not
strain (push hard) during a bowel movement.
- Get more exercise every
Back, pelvic, and hip discomfort
Many women have
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.