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5 At-Home Remedies for the Most Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnant woman

Being pregnant is a beautiful, magical time for moms-to-be…until the common pregnancy symptoms kick in. Van Every Family Chiropractic Center is home to skilled prenatal chiropractors who are dedicated to helping you feel well. We’ve got 5 simple at-home remedies you can try today for the most common pregnancy symptoms.

Why most women feel terrible during their first trimester

Every woman’s pregnancy is different. In fact, some lucky women can coast through their pregnancies without having any adverse symptoms at all!

But most moms-to-be will experience some kind of discomfort during the first trimester. Whether it’s a constant upset stomach, a persistent pain in the lower back, ever-changing emotions, or a pounding headache, everyone has their own pregnancy story to tell.

Your first trimester is like a shock to your body, and your system has to work twice as hard now. Once you become pregnant, your body produces several hormones which support the health of the placenta, soften and stretch the cervix, produce milk, and of course, keep your baby healthy.

The hormonal action going on with you is astounding, even if it doesn’t feel all that amazing right now. Not to worry, Mama! We’ve listed out the 5 most common pregnancy symptoms during the first trimester, and the best ways to manage these pesky ailments.

1. Morning Sickness

When just getting out of bed in the morning makes you feel nauseous, you probably have morning sickness. There isn’t one cause of morning sickness, and the severity of the nausea will vary from woman to woman.

You may experience morning sickness early on in pregnancy due to the increased hormones in your body or low blood sugar. You might also make morning sickness worse if you are over tired, experiencing emotional stress, or are pregnant with multiples!

Morning sickness could feel like a sick stomach, acid reflux, or cause you to vomit. Thankfully, morning sickness tends to ease up at the start of the second trimester. Still, there are a few ways you can make your symptoms ease up:


2. Heartburn

You know that burning feeling in your chest like you’re breathing in fire? That’s heartburn. It’s a form of indigestion that results in an unpleasant burning sensation in your chest.

Your new pregnancy hormones help relax everything in your body – from joints and ligaments to muscles and internal organs. Right now, these hormones are relaxing the valve between your esophagus and your stomach, which allows stomach acid to leak into your esophagus.

When you’re not pregnant, heartburn typically happens after eating, while laying down, or when you bend over. When you do become pregnant, this discomfort can come at any time.

The best help for heartburn during your first trimester will come from your diet:


3. Food Aversions

Let us know if this has happened to you yet.

You’re in the kitchen preparing one of your favorite breakfasts: scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. As the bacon sizzles and the eggs cook, you imagine how you’ll feel eating your meal.

You think back to all of those wonderful times you’ve enjoyed this breakfast. How the egg texture feels when it’s cooked just right, how the bacon tastes, and how you use your toast to make a sandwich.

Suddenly, you’re overcome with disgust. The smell isn’t right, the texture of these foods feels gross, and you’d rather never see eggs and bacon again.

What went wrong?!

Foods that you normally enjoy just don’t sound appealing anymore, right? In fact, some of your favorite foods may downright gross you out now.

Your pregnancy hormones make your body go through a lot of changes. Certain tastes, smells, and textures will be different for you for the rest of your pregnancy. Don’t worry, if you suddenly don’t like eggs, you’ll be able to eat them again once your symptoms ease up.

Sadly, it could take until the end of your pregnancy to enjoy these foods again. This is only temporary. Until then, try to find things you can eat:


4. Constipation

Everyone poops, so there’s no need to be shy talking about this next unfortunate pregnancy symptom. If you’re having trouble going, you could be constipated.

You’ll know if you’re constipated if you can relate with one of the following:

  • Your stools are lumpy or hard
  • You’re straining to have a bowel movement
  • It’s difficult to completely pass all of your stools
  • Feeling like there is a blockage that’s preventing you from passing stools

The progesterone your body is producing now relaxes the organs, muscles, and ligaments around your pelvis – including your bowels. If constipation becomes too great, you may even develop hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectum.

There are a few natural treatments you can do to help soften your stools and reduce hemorrhoids:


5. Headaches

Ladies, no matter how much you may want to blame that persistent pain in between your eyes on your partner, it’s most likely not their fault. (Kidding!)

Dull or aching head pain is quite common during pregnancy. The severity of headaches vary. Symptoms could range from a persistent pain in the head that’s manageable, to feelings of vertigo, feelings of “tightness” in the head, nausea, and even vomiting.

As with any symptoms, these headaches are most likely caused by your pregnancy hormones. You may have more sensitivity to light, noises, smells, and certain foods. Two big factors in headaches during pregnancy are your blood sugar levels, and how much rest you’re getting. To help ease the pain, try a couple of these methods:

  • Drink more water
  • Take naps when you can
  • Practice relaxation methods like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing
  • Get a massage
  • We can help! Give us a call; we can create a customized care plan together to help you with your symptoms for the rest of your pregnancy.

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy Symptoms — Book An Appointment With Us

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Your pregnancy experience is all your own. If something doesn’t feel right to you or is uncomfortable, you need to talk to someone who can help.

Let us know about any and all pregnancy symptoms you have. Van Every Family Chiropractic Center is home to dedicated prenatal chiropractors who are here to help you feel well.

Chiropractic care for pregnancy symptoms is a holistic approach to managing your discomforts without the use of meditations to dull symptoms. Let us help you find relief and alignment for the rest of your pregnancy.

Request an appointment online or call (248) 616-0900.

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