Common Pregnancy Problems and their Remedies

For most newlyweds, pregnancy can be considered as the next important milestone in their life, after the wedding ceremony. I am talking based on my own experience. After our wedding, my husband and I were so delighted at the thought of starting our own family. When it was confirmed that I was pregnant, we were so happy to hear the news.

I can say that my pregnancy is a relatively safe one with not much complications or problems. However, I had experienced having diarrhea during pregnancy and it was the most annoying moment for me that time. I don’t like to take any medications because I was afraid it might have a negative side effect on the baby.

Aside from diarrhea, I know of some other common illnesses that can affect pregnant women. And it would be good to know what they are and be familiar with their home remedies. Home remedies are generally safer during pregnancies because they normally have no known side effects.

Diarrhea

There are different causes of diarrhea among pregnant women and include food poisoning, hormonal changes, dietary alterations, and intolerance to certain foods or vitamin supplements. Symptoms may include frequent visits to the bathroom and abdominal cramps. Among the most effective remedies for diarrhea are ginger root and honey. You could boil one cup water with one piece of crushed ginger root. Steep it for about 15 minutes and then strain the ginger tea. Let it cool then drink to relieve the upset stomach. You could also drink it after meals to help in digestion. As an alternative, you could also prepare a mixture of one glass water with four tablespoons of honey.

Constipation

Dealing with constipation during pregnancy may be similar with dealing with toddler constipation. It can be easily remedied by eating foods that are high in fiber and drinking plenty of water. You have constipation if you discharge less frequently than your normal routine. If you are taking in iron supplements, it may be one of the causes for your constipation. Ask your doctor if it is possible to skip on the supplements or to find an alternative.

Cramps

Most pregnant women experience cramps especially at night during sleeping time. Cramps are a sharp and sudden pain affecting the calf muscles. It is still unknown what really causes cramps but researches have some ideas on how they can be prevented or can ease the symptoms. Cramps can be prevented with gentle but regular exercises involving leg movement. To ease the cramps if already happening, hard rubbing or massaging on the affected muscles while trying your best to relax them will do the trick.

Feeling faint

Because of hormonal changes, most pregnant women often feel faint. It happens when the brain does not receive enough oxygen that it needs. Feeling faint normally happens when you suddenly get up from a sitting or lying down position. You can avoid this feeling by slowly getting up from your original position. If you are already feeling faint, simply sit down again and wait for the feeling to subside.

If you are planning to get pregnant or are already pregnant, knowing these common pregnancy problems as well as their remedies can help you overcome them without taking any medication. But it is important to note that if symptoms persist despite trying the home remedies, consult your doctor.

Understanding More About Hip Flexor Pain

While some brides prefer to just hire people to see most aspects of the ceremony and reception like decorating, flower arranging and others, some brides really like to be hands-on with their wedding preparations and would like to help out as much as possible. In my years of experience as a wedding planner, I have met a few brides who have this personality. They just like to be involved and to be part of every aspect of the preparation. This is okay. However, utmost care must be exercised at all times.

You don’t like to appear on your wedding day on crutches because you met an accident during preparation. Accidents do happen for those who are not careful. And one of the most common accidents is falling which may result to hip flexor strain. If you have that, you may have to endure hip flexor pain on your wedding, which can be extremely painful. In some instances, patients will have to undergo surgery which may entail observing anterior hip precautions afterwards. And this is something anyone doesn’t like to experience because it means being unable to do what you usually do.

Although hip flexor strain is common among athletes, it may also happen to ordinary people due to accidents, like when you fall from a certain height and it impacts the hip area. It can also happen if you are excessively bending or straining your hips. Symptoms include pain in the front hips or in the groin area and possible swelling.

If you are already experiencing the symptoms of hip flexor strain, you need to rest immediately to avoid further damage. Do not do any strenuous activity for the next 48 hours because your hip flexor needs time to heal. If the pain is too extreme, you may take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. You could also wear compression wrap bandage or shorts to soothe the symptoms. If your injury is just mild, you may be able to recover from it within one week. For more severe injuries, it may take two to six weeks to fully recover.

Once the symptoms of the strain have subsided, there are also precautions that you must observe to prevent the strain from coming back. These include avoiding activities that can put too much pressure on your hip area. You should also do proper strengthening and stretching exercises as recommended by your therapist. If the pain recurs for no reason during this period, you should seek medical help. Longstanding or recurring pain in the hip flexor or groin area may indicate a more serious hip problem which needs a doctor’s attention. If the movement becomes really difficult, you may also have to use crutches.

The complications that you may experience from a simple fall may cause you unexpected inconvenience and discomfort during your wedding. That is why I strongly advice brides or even grooms to let others take charge of the preparations. And if you are still planning for your wedding, you may learn an important lesson from this article.

Understanding Menstruation While Breastfeeding

Marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and childcare. These are just some of the things that most married women would be able to experience at certain point in their life. And I have already experienced them all as I became a mother of my two darling twin daughters.

Among the things I experienced, I had some hard time while breasfeeding. They say that just like when a woman is pregnant, whatever you eat, drink or do during this stage could affect the health of your nursing child. I also printed and followed the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding. I was very careful with my diet. I also made sure I am not overly stressed from work. Aside from that, I also have to deal with period while breastfeeding. I originally thought that as long as I am breastfeeding exclusively, my period will not yet return. But this is not the case for me because I already had my menstruation several months after childbirth even if I was breastfeeding.

Many women especially first time moms have no clear understanding about menstruation while breastfeeding. For a woman, delaying menstruation means enjoying temporary birth control. It also means getting relief from the discomfort of having your regular period such as menstrual cramps and all the hassles. That is why I understand why many women would frown at having their menstruation back just weeks after childbirth.

The period in which breastfeeding suppresses your period is called lactational menorrhea. It could vary from one mother to another and from one pregnancy to another. You could have six months of lactational menorrhea on your first child and just three months on your second child. And nobody knows for sure how long it can be on your next child. But several factors could possibly affect its return. This include the frequency that you are nursing your baby, the introduction of supplemental foods, and the mother’s own chemistry among others.

I have read an article which teaching nursing mothers some techniques on how to delay their menstruation. One of the techniques mentioned is to breastfeed the baby on demand. It is recommended to nurse your baby at least 6 times a day and six times at night. one of the reasons why many mothers have their periods very soon is that they neglect feeding at nighttime because of the inconvenience of waking up in the middle of the night. Even if your child is not asking for milk, you should still encourage it to feed by putting your nipple in its mouth. Another technique that is helpful to many moms is to start introducing solid foods only when the baby is already six month old. During the first six month, do not allow bottle feeding or the use of a pacifier.

However, while you are observing these techniques, you should already expect your period to be back anytime soon especially if it has been delayed for several months. Once it has returned, you should take precautions against pregnancy if you don’t intend to get pregnant yet. One good thing though is that having menstruation does not put an end to your milk supply. You can still breastfeed your baby as long as you like.