Even a smooth pregnancy has its share of annoyances. It’s like middle-school—if you didn’t deal with something painful or mildly embarrassing, did it even really happen? From gas and bloating to things that go “Ouch!” in the night, the nine-plus months can feel like one issue after another. Luckily, there are ways to squelch the symptoms—especially these four super-common ones.
Exhaustion is one of the most common complaints of early pregnancy—creating life is no easy feat! In addition to making sleep a priority, try these simple strategies:
- Stay active. A daily walk can counteract both fatigue and nausea. Exercise also promotes better sleep and can improve your mood.
- Drink up. Aim for at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water a day to avoid dehydration, which can sap energy. Choose water-rich foods like tomatoes, spinach, and apples, which enhance your hydration levels.
- Take the right multi. To make sure you’re consuming the vitamins and minerals you need to keep up your energy—and that your baby needs to grow—take a supplement like Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamin + Iron. The iron helps fight fatigue, and extra vitamin B12 supports energy levels.
If you’re reading this, you totally know that “morning sickness” is a joke of a name: The nausea can be ’round the clock. To give it the heave-ho, try to:
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Many women have found that having as many as six light meals a day (instead of three larger ones) can help.
- Steer clear of “trigger” foods. Ditto for perfumes, detergents, or other scented products you may have previously adored. (Stash them until you can handle them again.)
- Go for ginger. Ginger root can help ease queasiness and vomiting during pregnancy. Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamin + Probiotics is formulated with ginger so you can get some nausea relief and all the nutrients you need—in one pill.
The pesky aches and pains tend to strike at night. They’re usually triggered by hormonal changes that affect your circulation, and while there’s no one surefire way to prevent them, these habits will make a difference.
- Get your vitamins and minerals. One mineral in particular can affect leg cramps—a lack of magnesium, which can impact your muscles’ ability to relax. Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamins ensure that your body gets the magnesium and other key nutrients it needs.
- Stretch before bed. Doing a few simple moves before you go horizontal for the night can help ease pains. Try to stretch the muscles most likely to ache: hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.
- Sleep with legs elevated. Placing a pillow beneath your calves—so your hips are slightly lower than your feet—can ease aches. This boosts circulation between your legs and your heart. Bonus: The angle takes pressure off your lower back, which may ache, too.
Whether it’s constipation, bloating, heartburn, gas, or diarrhea, this can be an intense time for your GI system.
- Again, eat small. Heartburn can happen when your enlarged uterus presses against the stomach, forcing the stomach contents up into the esophagus. Small, balanced meals help prevent that.
- Increase your fiber and probiotic intake. To counteract gas, bloating, and constipation, fiber and probiotics are the Batman and Robin of keeping things moving. For fiber, add whole grains, beans and lentils, vegetables and fruits to your diet. Get probiotics (aka: good bacteria) through yogurt or fermented foods like kimchi. Also, Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Regularity Support Gummies contain prebiotic fiber to support gut health, and Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamin + Probiotics provides probiotics plus ginger and vitamin B6 to help you with gas, constipation, and upset tummy.