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Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also bring about questions and concerns. Many natural changes will be occurring in your body. Some common concerns are explained below. Please feel free to call our office if the following information does not address your concerns.
Vaginal spotting is very common in pregnancy. Spotting without cramping is generally not a cause for concern. The cervix is more sensitive during pregnancy. Regular activities such as intercourse, exercise, heavy lifting, and bowel movements can irritate the cervix and cause spotting. We would advise you to refrain from these activities if spotting does occur. Notify the office if the bleeding becomes heavier and/or is accompanied by cramping. If the bleeding is heavy (soaking a pad/hour), please call the office right away.
Pregnancy puts a major strain on your body, especially where the rapidly growing uterus is involved. As your baby grows, the added pressure on muscles, joints, ligaments, and surrounding organs can lead to cramping and discomfort. Light cramping, like menstrual cramps, is common during the beginning of pregnancy. Round ligament pain, sharp or achy pain in the lower abdomen/groin area, is usually more evident during the second trimester. Toward the end pregnancy, cramping can be a sign of preterm labor. Cramping may be caused by mild dehydration, a urinary tract infection, recent intercourse, heavy lifting, diarrhea or constipation, or a vaginal infection. If cramping occurs, lie down for an hour and drink plenty of fluids. If cramping persists or other symptoms occur, such as burning with urination, vomiting, or bleeding, please notify the office.
Nausea with or without vomiting is more common during the first trimester as the hormone levels are rising. Once the hormone levels even out around 12-14 weeks, the nausea tends to subside for most women. Eating small meals throughout the day helps. If you need medication to control the nausea and/or vomiting, please notify our office and we can prescribe something for you.d.
Especially during the first trimester, your body is working overtime to develop a baby and maintain the pregnancy. This leaves you feeling drained and exhausted. Staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep can help.
Dizziness is a normal symptom during pregnancy. The change in your circulation during pregnancy may cause your blood pressure to be lower than usual. This may leave you feeling dizzy, clammy, or faint. Becoming dehydrated, having low blood sugar, moving from a lying to standing position too quickly, lying flat on your back, or being anemic are other reasons you may experience dizziness. Eating regularly, moving slowly from one position to another, lying on your left side, and taking prenatal vitamins (or additional iron if your doctor prescribes it) can help decrease the chances of feeling dizzy.