Being pregnant is beautiful in many ways, but it can also cause all kinds of physical discomfort. For example, nausea attacks or episodes of tiredness and dizziness. There are many natural home remedies that can provide relief.
Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body. Your body is focusing on the creature growing in your belly and making sure your baby thrives. There are a lot of demands on the mother's body, particularly in the first three months of pregnancy. It is only natural for your body to react, but unfortunately it is not always a pleasant experience. Many pregnant women feel just like you. Some women are more affected by pregnancy-related health complaints than others.
Nausea is the most common symptom during pregnancy. Many women experience bouts of nausea, usually from around the fifth week of pregnancy and predominantly in the morning. The nausea is most pronounced during the first three months of pregnancy. However, it can occur at intervals throughout the pregnancy. Approximately 75% of expectant mothers suffer from morning sickness. The nausea often occurs in conjunction with dizziness, vomiting or diarrhoea. Hunger, tiredness and stress exacerbate the problems. The hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin, which is produced during pregnancy, is thought to cause morning sickness. The hormone is produced by the placenta to prevent any further ovulation and therefore protect the endometrium.
You should consult your GP if you experience frequent and extreme vomiting and are losing weight. This is particularly important because your baby may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals. However, morning sickness is not usually a problem for the baby.
Being pregnant changes a lot of things – not just in your body, but in your everyday life too. In the “Knowledge centre” section, you can find information and tips on pregnancy, the immediate postnatal period, childbirth and insurance.
In addition to morning sickness, which is very common, a whole range of complaints can be caused by pregnancy:
These are usually caused by hormonal imbalances. Once your hormone levels have stabilised, the headaches should ease.
Every now and again, treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath and a back massage. If you experience a lot of back pain, try a maternity support belt. Physiotherapy and osteopathy can also provide relief.
The hormonal changes also often disrupt sleep. Allow yourself to take more frequent rests and try relaxation exercises.
Pregnancy-specific hormones affect the stomach valve that prevents acid from coming back up the oesophagus. Make sure you keep your upper body upright after eating. You can neutralise the acid taste with peppermint tea or milk.
Don't take laxatives. Instead, eat high-fibre foods, drink lots and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Your body may be lacking minerals, iron or trace elements. Consult your GP or pharmacist.
Prop your legs up when sitting and lying. Massage your legs regularly with a refreshing gel, starting at the feet and working up. Bathing your ankles in cold water, leg compresses and support stockings can all help.
Pregnant women are more prone to varicose veins. Try wearing compression stockings, doing leg exercises and avoid crossing your legs.
This is caused by hormonal changes. There is no need to worry provided that the discharge is white and does not smell.
Conventional medicine offers medication for many pregnancy-related complaints. However, you will need to be careful and consider your baby. Always try natural household remedies first. Consult your pharmacist or GP if your complaints become unbearable. They will recommend treatments that won't harm your baby.