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Keeping comfortable during your pregnancy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​F​​​​​​​​​​irst Tri​​​mester Tips

Naus​​​ea

  • Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed
  • ​Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals
  • Drink water with lemon slices

Fatigue

  • Take catnaps when you can
  • Get regular exercise
  • Accept help from others

Mood Swings

  • Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers
  • Limit sugar, chocolate and caffeine
  • Eat a healthy diet. Don't skip meals

Headaches

  • Get fresh air and exercise
  • Relax and get enough rest
  • Check with your health care provider before taking any pain medications

Second Tri​mester Tips

Pain Relief

  • Sit with your feet raised to limit ankle swelling
  • Avoid sudden twisting movements if you have pain in your groin and abdomen (round ligament pain)
  • Wear support hose if you have leg cramps. Get enough exercise and wear shoes with flexible soles. Increase your calcium intake.

Third T​​rimester Tips

Reducing Heartburn

  • Eat small, light meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals
  • Sleep with your upperbody raised six inches. Don't lie down until two hours after you eat ​

Constipation

  • Eat foods high in fiber (whole grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise

Breast Care

  • Avoid harsh soaps or alcohol, which can cause excessive dryness
  • Wear nursing bras. They provide more support than regular bras and can be used after pregnancy if you breastfeed

Sleep

  • Take a warm shower before bed
  • Sleep on a firm mattress
  • Lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other
  • Use pillows to support arms, legs and belly