It is a known fact that as the months roll by and with your baby rapidly growing you will begin to notice changes in your body that maybe distressing to you , some of these conditions may be temporary and disappear immediately after birth, while others might turn out to have permanent effects even after pregnancy. Onset conditions like the ones listed can be properly managed if immediate attention is given to them over the course of the pregnancy .

SWOLLEN FEET

This condition is also known as’ edema’ ,according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA) ,swelling is a normal part of pregnancy ,since the body produces 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the growing baby , retention of fluid in the body causes irregular swelling in the legs and ankles. Because your body retains fluid during pregnancy, your growing uterus puts pressure on your veins which causes a delay in the supply of blood to your heart.
No one is immune to this as, even Reality TV Star, Kim Kadarshian suffered this too while pregnant with baby daughter, North West. A few simple things have been known to abate swollen feet and ankles such as staying off your feet for long periods, applying cold compress to your swollen limbs or soak feet in cold water, avoid salty foods, brisk walking and exercise, wear comfortable shoes and Lastly drink lots of water.

STRETCH MARKS

This is all too common during pregnancy and often appears during the third trimester and even after delivery,it is caused by excessive stretching of the skin to accommodate the growing baby thereby losing its elasticity, often times appearing on the stomach, buttocks and hips or even on the breast and anywhere there is fat accumulation .While it is impossible to stop stretch marks from appearing , it is possible to manage and control its appearance. We recommend the use of Bio-Oil specialist skincare oil which helps improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks over time. It is advised it is used during the second trimester of pregnancy and should be applied to prone areas such as the buttocks, abdomen, lower back, hips, thigh and breasts. The application should be done in a circular motion twice daily for a minimum of three months .Bio-oil can be purchased from our online store at www.theaudreypack.com or at any beauty store or Pharmacy.

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PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP)

Not everyone experiences PGP but for the few who have, it is a painful and often times debilitating condition during pregnancy. it is estimated that one in every five pregnant woman experiences this condition, which is caused by a misalignment or stiffness of your pelvic joints at either the back or front of your pelvis, making movement restricted. Its symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can be noticeable while walking, standing, going up the stairs or even turning in bed, it can be so bad that sometimes you can hear your pelvic bones crunching as you move. There are available treatments to relieve the pain and stiffness in the joints such as the use of pain medications to manage the pain, exercises to strengthen and help realign the joints, or the use of pelvic support belts or crutches .if you begin to experience any sudden onset of pains in your joints its is advised you speak with your doctor.

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