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You may be one of the lucky women who find this middle period
of the pregnancy easier: the exhaustion and nausea may diminish, you are not running to the toilet
every few minutes and you may be getting used to the idea
of motherhood. But once again remember there are a huge
range of normal symptoms during pregnancy: for a few women
the nausea is just starting and there are the unlucky ones
who experience morning
sickness through the whole 40 weeks. Digestion problems
such as constipation, heartburn and bloating are common and may be a contributory factor in the insomnia that plagues many women during pregnancy. Be assured that
insomnia will not harm your baby and that you are probably
getting more sleep than you realise. Try out various techniques
to help you fall asleep such as gentle exercise during the
day and a quiet evening routine. Hopefully you do have an
established exercise routine as the appropriate exercise
has many benefits during pregnancy beyond helping you sleep.
If you are not doing any exercise it may be a good idea
to discuss the topic with your doctor during your monthly
visit this month.
Time to go shopping
Although you are at an awkward in-between stage, where your
normal clothes are becoming uncomfortably tight yet you
are not ready for pregnancy clothes, the one thing you should
consider changing now is your bra. Breasts are one area
where you will feel dramatic changes, probably from very
early on in your pregnancy. The shape and colour of your
nipples may change. Your breasts may be larger and more
sensitive. Make the effort to have a proper bra fitting
by a qualified assistant and you will be rewarded by the
comfort of a good bra. If you buy a well fitting bra now,
with wide straps to prevent shoulder discomfort, this support
may not only well decrease your chances of getting stretch
marks in this area, but also help the area cope with the
extra stress it is under and thus reduce the chances of
Shopping – this
time maternity clothes!
You are probably starting to think about maternity clothes
and can have a lot of fun with the range and styles that
are now available. You will invariably be feeling the heat
more as your metabolism and blood volume have both increased.
(Can you believe this may also account for the fact that
mosquitoes are more attracted to pregnant women!) Do buy
loose fitting clothes in natural fibres! Don’t splash
out too much as your shape is changing so fast. Also the
pregnancy is not long and afterwards you will probably not
want to wear those clothes again.
Lose a tooth for every
baby? No way!
The fact is that all gum disease is preventable by good
hygiene, so the old wives tale is really not valid here.
It is vital to take care of your teeth as serious gum disease
enhances the risk of a premature birth or low weight baby.
Your gums will be more prone to bleeding, so if it’s
a problem for you, you should not hesitate to visit the
dentist and sort the situation out now.
to call the doctor?