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Pregnancy ailments

  1. Nausea, heartburn, constipation, it will only bother you. Good to know what causes it and what can help against it.


  1. Fatigue mainly occurs in the first three months. Your body must adjust to pregnancy. The placenta is constructed during this period and a clump of cells salutes into a complete person. That takes a lot of energy. What you could do about this is rest a lot, sometimes fatigue is a result of iron deficiency. You can prevent this by eating iron-rich products: legumes, apple syrup, (green) vegetables, meat and fish are well-known iron products.


  1. The pregnancy hormone HCG that runs through your body is the cause of this. Your body has to get used to this hormone. That takes about three months. That is why many pregnant women are especially nauseous in the first trimester. Try to eat something light in the morning before you get up. A cracker or a biscuit, for example. Eat small amounts instead of one large meal three times throughout the day and avoid fatty and spicy foods. Some women swear by vanilla custard or cola.


  1. It is said that (calf) cramps is a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Eat and drink enough dairy products. You can try to reduce your symptoms if you take (extra) magnesia. However, never take more than the prescribed amount and always in consultation with your midwife. And leave your heels in the closet for now.

Bleeding gums

  1. Your gums are now more blooded and softer than usual. However, bleeding gums can also 'simply' be the result of poor oral hygiene; you may be snacking more now that you are pregnant or you may take less time brushing and flossing your teeth because you are simply tired. Ensure healthy teeth. Visit the dentist now and use toothpicks to keep the space between your teeth and molars clean. You can also rinse with chamomile tea, chamomile disinfects.

Moisture retention

  1. Your blood is thinner during pregnancy, making it easier to move from the blood vessels into the tissues. Keep it cool. Heat ensures that you retain more moisture and that is not good. Do not eat too many salty things, such as chips or licorice. If you have a job where you sit a lot, get up every now and then and walk a bit. Celery is known for its diuretic effect, there is also a special diuretic tea.


  1. The hormone progesterone is the cause of this. This hormone keeps your uterus from contracting too much. Unfortunately, in the same way it also silences your bowels. Eat a lot of fiber. So do not eat pizza, rusk and white bread, as this works clogging. It is also better to leave bananas and blackcurrants alone, just like chocolate. Opt for whole grain products such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta or legumes. Fruit, especially kiwis, is also good. Drink enough water and exercise a lot.


  1. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins on the rectum or around the anus. Like normal varicose veins, they are caused by the hormone progesterone. The most important thing to prevent hemorrhoids is to have soft stools. Go to the toilet as soon as you feel the urge and try not to push. Eat as much fiber and moisture-rich foods as possible. Do you have them? Rinse with water instead of wiping with toilet paper. Pushing something cold against the hemorrhoid can also slightly reduce the pain.


  1. Dizziness is caused by a (too) low blood pressure. Sit down for a while before getting up. If your blood pressure is too low, it can sometimes help to eat or drink something salty, such as a cup of broth.


  1. In most cases itching is because your skin is under tension or very dry. Sometimes there is more to it: bile engorgement. Certain bile substances then end up in your blood, which causes the itching. This does not happen often, but it is therefore wise to discuss such complaints with your midwife. Don't wear tight-fitting clothes and don't sweat too much. In case of severe itching, a cold shower sometimes provides relief. If you have itching because your skin is dry, it helps to keep it oily. Almond oil is a suitable means for this. And try not to scratch, as difficult as this may be, it will only make the itching worse!


  1. Progesterone is to blame here too. Under the influence of this hormone, the barrier from your stomach to your esophagus has become wider. Because your baby keeps getting bigger, there is more pressure on your stomach. Your stomach, as it were, 'overflows' and the stomach acid ends up in the esophagus. That gives a burning sensation. Products that bind stomach acid are milk, a piece of bread, peppermint. An extra pillow under your head when you sleep can also help. Avoid using sharp herbs or too much coffee.

Varicose veins

  1. Progesterone is also the cause here, this not only relaxes your uterus and intestines, but also the walls of your blood vessels. They expand and as your belly thickens, they can be pinched a bit. Do not stand too tall and sit with your legs crossed as little as possible. Avoid wearing tight clothing and take a cold shower for better circulation, or have your legs massaged. If you have varicose veins on your labia, you can wear a sturdy sanitary napkin to give counter pressure.

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