Welcome the SURPRISE in pregnancy...

November 14, 2012 13:48
Welcome the SURPRISE in pregnancy...

And the SURPRISE is the mood swings during early pregnancy... well, this could be handled in many cases... but could be a hurdle to your happiness of enjoying the motherhood… learn them to deal with them;

Implantation bleeding (possibly): If you find that you’re spotting this week (right around the time that you would have had your period or a little before), don't be alarmed. This is usually a sign that the embryo has implanted itself into the uterine wall (and that's good!). Don't have any spotting at all? Don't worry, either - only a small percentage of women experience implantation bleeding, so not having this symptom doesn’t mean that you're not pregnant.

PMS-like symptoms (breast tenderness, bloating, mood swings) that might not go away: Sore, tender boobs? Check. Trouble buttoning your pants? Check. Feeling grumpy one minute, happy the next? Check and check. Early pregnancy symptoms are sort of like PMS symptoms but a little more exaggerated (think PMS on steroids). So your breasts may be tingly, sore, and feel a little full, thanks to the progesterone and estrogen coursing through your system (and getting your breasts ready - yes, even at this early stage - to feed your baby). And what's up with the bloating? Well, blame progesterone for that one. It's helping to slow down your digestion to allow more nutrients to enter the bloodstream and reach your baby. You can also blame your roller-coaster moods on hormones (go ahead - they'll be a convenient excuse for the next nine months!).

And most important;

Back Pain During Pregnancy - What You Can Do About It

Watch your posture when you're sitting, which puts more strain on your spine than anything else. At home and at work, make sure the chairs you use most provide good support, preferably with a straight back, arms, and a firm cushion. Use a footrest to elevate your feet slightly, and don't cross your legs; that can cause your pelvis to tilt forward, exacerbating those strained back muscles.

Take breaks by walking or standing and stretching at least once an hour. Sitting too long can make your back hurt even more.

Try not to stand too long, either. If you work on your feet, try to place one foot on a low stool to take some pressure off your lower back..

Avoid lifting heavy loads, but if you must, do it slowly. Stabilize yourself by assuming a wide stance; bend at the knees, not at the waist; and lift with your arms and legs, not your back.

Keep your weight gain where it should be (extra weight is extra hard on any back).

Wear the right shoes - and leave the Manolos for Carrie Bradshaw. Extremely high heels are out - as are completely flat ones. Experts recommend a 2-inch heel to keep your body in proper alignment. You might also consider orthotics, orthopedic shoe inserts designed for muscle support.

Make sure your mattress is firm. If not, place a board underneath for the duration. A body pillow (at least 5 feet long) can also help you find stress-minimizing sleeping positions.

Consider a crisscross support sling designed specifically for a pregnant figure, which will help take the burden of your belly's weight off your lower back.

No reaching for the stars - or the cookies on the top shelf. Use a low, stable, step stool to get items from high places and you'll avoid additional strain. (Better still, leave the cookies where they are.)

Think good thoughts. A calm mind leads to a looser back. You can also try some yoga, which will relax both your mind and your back.

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