If you are pregnant you may have experienced some or all of these…
Read below to find out what I did to help manage these!
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So I don’t have one specific topic I wanted to share with you all this week. Instead, I want to discuss a variety of things I have been going through these past weeks. The topics include, leg cramps, hunger attacks (or getting “hangry” as my husband calls it), the sleeping positions that I have found most comfortable and the 5 best things about being pregnant.
Leg cramps. I first started feeling achy in my legs around 20 weeks. Ouch! I would notice it most around the end of the day. My husband could tell you all about this too, because I would often ask him to rub my feet and legs. When I had a charlie horse in the middle of the night, I knew I needed to start doing something to help ease the pain. I first tired an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are full of magnesium, which helps muscles relax. I also got a magnesium lotion (MagneSul) from the clinic, which I can rub directly into my legs at night when they are feeling achy. The final trick for restless legs was provided to me by my midwife. She suggested drinking herbal tea, which are full of minerals. The two she recommended were Red Raspberry Leaf and Nettles. This combination provides essential nutrients and gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region. Red raspberry contains fragrine, an alkaloid, which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. It can alleviate morning sickness. Nettle leaves contain high amounts of vitamins which help to decrease muscle cramps and diminishing pain during and after birth. The high calcium content helps diminish muscle pains in the uterus, in the legs and elsewhere. This combination may also be helpful for increasing milk supply. If you aren’t one for remembering to make a hot cup of tea daily (guilty), she suggested cold brewing it in a quart jar. This way you always have it on hand and can sip on it throughout the week.
Hanger is a real thing, especially for a pregnant women. What worked best for me was to always keep snacks on hand. My go to snacks include: Whenever Bars (Oat Blueberry Lemon are my favorite), hard boiled eggs, beef jerky, and apples or bananas with peanut butter. I found that making my snacks protein based helped the most. Protein is also so important for your growing baby! Protein is the building block needed for your baby to grow! I would love to hear from you for new ideas. What were your go-to snacks during pregnancy?
Sleep. It is vital for not only your own body, but also for your growing baby. Of course, it can get more uncomfortable to sleep as your belly grows. It is also uncomfortable when you get leg cramps and you have to get up twice a night to go to the bathroom! I normally love to sleep on my back, but that is getting difficult with my growing belly and I don’t want my blood flow to get cut off. This led me to be a side sleeper. I found it best if I stacked extra pillows behind my back and in between my knees. This support helped keep my body as aligned as possible. I found that without the support behind my back, it would lead to upper back pain because my shoulder would roll too far underneath me. I have been debating getting one of those pregnancy pillows. Have any of you tried them before or have a favorite brand that you would recommend?
TOP 5 THINGS ABOUT BEING PREGNANT
1. Feeling your baby kick!
2. Being able to eat all the chips and guacamole you want – ask anyone in the office, chips and guacamole are my guilty pleasure
3. Hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time
4. Talking about your baby with your partner – hopes, dreams, names
5. Sharing your experience with other moms/soon-to-be moms
I hope you learned something that you can apply to your pregnancy! Have a great day.
Yours in Health & Wellness,
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