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5 Answers to Your Early Pregnancy Questions

Mighty Mommy has delivered seven babies and will soon be a grandmother. Here are ten pressing questions on the minds of today's pregnant women that they scramble to have answered. This episode covers five questions concerning the first trimester. In Part Two, we tackle five more questions related to the final stages of pregnancy

By
Cheryl Butler,
Episode #507
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If this is a topic that makes you a bit uncomfortable, The American Pregnancy Association provides the following recommendations for managing, reducing, and hopefully preventing extra gas during pregnancy:

  • Avoid or reduce carbohydrate drinks
  • Avoid fatty fried foods
  • Drink from a glass without using a straw
  • Focus on smaller meals throughout the day
  • Exercise, which will help stimulate digestion
  • Avoid tight clothing around your waist
  • Limit or avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Drink plenty of water, which will help prevent constipation
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly

If these suggestions don’t work, remember, you’re not alone! Having a baby is one of the most precious experiences in a lifetime, and if that means you have to “toot your own horn,” so be it!

5. What’s Up with These Constant Leg Cramps at Night?

One of the most “standout” pregnancy symptoms for me was not aching nipples, a smurf-like blue vagina, or the crazy moments of having to pass gas in dozens of public places, but instead the writhing pain I’d experience in my calves throughout the night.

From past pregnancy experience I was advised the following: drink plenty of water during the day, as staying well-hydrated helps muscles contract and relax properly. I also elevated my legs on a plump, fluffy pillow, and sometimes took a warm bath before bedtime, which helped to ward off muscle spasms.

In Pregnancy, Birth Baby’s article about Leg Cramps During Pregnancy, the experts state that there are many possible reasons for cramps while you’re pregnant—carrying extra weight, changes to your metabolism, having a vitamin deficiency, being too active or not being active enough. The truth is that nobody really knows.

The important factor when experiencing these highly uncomfortable leg pains is to not panic. You can bring on relief if you stay calm and work through them.

These steps work when you have a leg cramp:

  • Stretch your calf muscles immediately by straightening your leg, heel first, and gently flexing your toes back toward your shins. (Don't point your toes while stretching. It can make the muscle contract and worsen the cramp.) This stretch might hurt at first, but it will ease the spasm and gradually make the pain go away.
  • After you stretch, massage the muscle or warm it with a hot water bottle or hot towel to relax the tissue. Walking around for a few minutes may help too. (This is what always worked for me!)
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Next week we will visit some very important questions that affect the last trimester of  your pregnancy including  your sex life, the emotional turmoil of depending on an epidural during labor, and whether bonding with your newborn is crucial to a loving, mother/baby relationship.

What's on your pregnancy mind?  Share your thoughts in the comment section at quickanddirtytips.com/mighty-mommy or post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. You can also connect with me on Twitter @MightyMommy or email me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com.

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