Being Blessed with a Baby
There is no doubt that having a baby is an incredible live changing experience for women (and the lucky man) from the moment of conception to birth. To prepare the delivery, the body goes through a range of changes with some being expected or welcomed, and others not. There is no specific location that goes through a change. The uterus enlarges as the baby grows, blood volume increases, and organs shift to mold with the baby as the maternal circulation provides oxygen and nutrients to the little one. It is both fascinating and beautiful to see such adaptions occur, but let’s be honest, being pregnant is not always fun. Unfortunately, women definitely have their share of discomfort throughout the process.
Here Comes the Aches and Pain
Pregnant women do not always go through the same problems, but there are similar symptoms many can expect to experience such as the seemingly imminent morning sickness (mostly in the first trimester), bloating, headaches, stomach pain, and edema that often pools to legs. Women may also develop cramps, heartburn, back and breast pain. These “complications” are completely normal during pregnancy, and do not often warrant a trip to the hospital. Still, being pregnant make moms and to-be moms feel a sense of disability every now and then because it is harder to move or complete an activity. Some find the worst period is the first trimesters, other believe it was the second or the third trimester. Of course, this too, is individualistic and depends on the symptoms a mom experiences and tolerance level.
You Can’t Take Whatever You Want During Pain
Since there is another, more sensitive life, living inside you, mothers have to be more mindful of the things they eat and expose themselves to when they are at home or go out. This is probably the most critical when it comes to taking certain drugs and supplements even when dealing with pain. A lot of drugs are teratogenic, or toxic, to the fetus even if it is safe for adults. Drugs that are safe have to be strictly followed so the mom the does not accidentally overdose. Pregnant women may also be taking a drug that they feel is not working for them, and need something stronger. It becomes a complex game to determine the right drugs that can ease the pain while assessing it is still safe enough to take. Regardless of these measures, there is still a probability that drugs and supplements may affect the fetus when maternal history, conditions as well as food and drug interactions come into play.