COPING WITH THE CHANGES IN YOUR BODY (part 2)

This is a continuation of our earlier post on the above topic, they are still so many conditions to cover, but please bear in mind that our bodies are different, what may work for one person may not work for the other, some women may never experience any of the outlined conditions during pregnancy due the differences to how our bodies react to certain situations.

CONSTIPATION

This is the inability of the woman to have bowel movement; this again is as a result of hormones raging in your body causing your colon to congest thereby restricting the passage of stool. During pregnancy the muscle contractions that normally move food through your intestines slow down because of higher levels of the hormone progesterone. Another culprit could also be as a result of the iron laden prenatal vitamins you are taking , which on the positive side are very essential for both mother and child and should not in any way be stopped. Constipation can be very uncomfortable leaving you feeling gassed up and bloated.

You can increase your daily intake of foods rich in fiber like whole grain cereals, bread ,vegetables and nuts, drinking plenty of water also helps to loosen up your stool, don’t eat a big meal at once, space out your meal, by eating in bits , using antacids can also help to relieve you of gas. If this is a constant source of worry for you speak to your doctor about prescribing mild laxatives that are safe for use during pregnancy.

BLEEDING GUMS

This condition is also known as gingivitis in pregnancy, as a result of high levels of progesterone during pregnancy, thereby causing gingivitis bacteria to grow and make your gum prone to plaque infestation .If you were already dealing with gum issues before you take in, it will definitely be exacerbated during pregnancy .
Signs to watch out for are severe bleeding gums while brushing, tender gums, swollen and reddened gums.
Gum disease has also been linked to Premature birth, The Journal of the American Dental Association found that pregnant women with chronic gum disease were four to seven times more likely to deliver premature and underweight babies than mothers without healthy gums .Brush regularly, at least twice a day , floss daily , use mouthwash after each meal and see a dentist immediately .

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND PRE-ECLAMPSIA

The American congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists describes Blood pressure as , the pressure of the blood against the blood vessel walls each time the heart contracts (squeezes) to pump the blood through your body ).

High blood pressure is commonly referred to as hypertension. Hypertension can lead to health problems.
During pregnancy, severe or uncontrolled hypertension can cause complications for you and your baby. at every antenatal visit, you will notice that your urine is taken and tested, this is because a high level of protein in your urine or a rise in blood pressure is an indication of high blood pressure thus leading to pre-eclampsia, it usually occurs in the late stage of pregnancy but sometimes is noticed during the early stages and can be severe. It can be life threatening for mother and child if not treated on time, symptoms include , vomiting , blurred vision , headaches , swollen feet hands and face which could lead to a risk of stroke , premature birth or even stillborn , loss of blood to the placenta, impaired kidney and liver functions and blood clotting .
In most cases, treatment involves hospitalization to monitor and lower your blood levels.