We have to admit, even if you own one of our full body pregnancy pillows or the compact butterfly pregnancy support pillow, it wont take away or prevent you from suffering from some of these challenges. However these tips will indeed help you manage some of the changes you’re going through.
You may notice that you get headaches more frequently now that you have a baby on board. Most of the headaches you might experience will be a result of all the crazy hormonal changes taking place in your body. Other causes include being hungry, thirst, or even stressed out.Here are a few pointers to help you keep those headaches under control:
a) Make sure that you eat and drink regularly. Being hungry or dehydrated will only make headaches worse. Blood sugar levels are more prone to dropping during pregnancy so make sure to carry healthy snacks with you at all times.
b) Get all the rest and sleep you need during this special time. Exhaustion, which is usually a problem during the 1st and 3rd trimesters, might be the cause of your headaches during pregnancy. Remember to make a conscious decision to rest a few times a day. Life is so busy that we easily forget to stop and catch our breath.
If your headaches are accompanied by other worrying symptoms please call you medical practitioner immediately as it could be a sign of other problems.
Food Cravings and Aversions
Some pregnant moms report feeling tricked by their bodies and minds during pregnancy! One day they wake up and suddenly have the urge to eat a large amount of pickles, or maybe a whole bag of tomatoes or even a tub of choc chip ice cream (the weirdest one I have heard of was tomato sauce on ice cream!). Others report suddenly being put off by the things that they once loved like coffee or meat. The hormonal changes that take place in your body during pregnancy impact your sense of smell and taste so dramatically that food aversions and even cravings are no surprise at all.
Some doctors believe that food cravings should not be ignored since they are often there to get pregnant woman to eat foods containing the things that their bodies are lacking like iron, magnesium, or essential fatty acids.
It is important to remember that your diet should not be controlled by the cravings that you have. Eating healthy during pregnancy is important for your health and well being and the healthy of your baby. Certain cravings that you have may also be a sign of emotional needs that could be met in other ways. Try to be open and honest about your needs to those who are closest to you.
Even though pregnancy is a time filled with joy and great expectation, it is also a time that proves to be emotionally taxing on most women. Not only are their bodies changing in the most dramatic way, they are also dealing with all the fears and uncertainties involved in becoming a mom. Even mothers who already have children might be worried about their unborn baby’s health or might be consumed by the fact that they don’t feel attractive anymore because of all their body has already gone through. The list of things that affect a pregnant woman’s mood is endless and the fact that there are so many symptoms to deal with during pregnancy really doesn’t make the situation any easier.
There are a few things you could do to keep those mood swings under control. First things first, remember to communicate openly with your partner about how you are feeling so that he knows what kind of emotional support to offer you. Perhaps even consider going on a little holiday together to spend time relaxing and connecting again. That might also be the perfect opportunity for you to curl up and catch up on some much needed rest! Taking it easy and getting enough sleep should help lift your spirits. Be sure to do that with one of our full body pregnancy pillows or if you’re traveling, take along the butterfly pregnancy support pillow to save on room.
Finally, take the time to do the things that you really enjoy whether it is art, exercise, yoga, or even spending time with your girlfriends. There are ways to ensure that you have more good days than bad.