For most women there are many more weeks of pregnancy to go… so we offer more tips for those discomforts of pregnancy, and ask are you eating well?
|Problem||What causes it?||What can you do?||Talk to your LMC ....|
|Varicose Veins||Pregnancy hormones make the veins in your legs weaker, so the blood pools and the veins swell||Avoid standing for long periods; sit down or walk around if you can. Wear support tights, from first thing in the morning||If they become very hot and uncomfortable|
|Heartburn||The muscle at the of the stomach tends not to close properly ... those pregnancy hormones again!`||Try to eat small, frequent meals. Avoid spicy food if it makes it worse. Drink water or milk when you get the burning feeling. Sleep propped up on pillows||If you need a remedy to help you cope, over-the-counter medicines work well, but your LMC can advise which are safe to use|
|Leg cramps||No-one is quite sure, although some experts think it is a lack of the of the mineral potassium, and that extra calcium ni the diet can help prevent it||Eat bananas, high in potassium, and milk, leafy green vegetables and oranges for calcium. If you get cramp, massage the leg firmly, or put your bare foot on a cold floor.||If it's a frequent problem, for individual advice on how to ease them|
|Wrist Pains||Fulid retention in the wrists puts pressure on the nerves causing a tingling feeling or numbness in the hands (called 'carpal tunnel syndrome'). It usually gets better after the baby is born||Raise your arm on a cushion when you are sitting reading or watching TV. If your hands are tingly when you wake up, raise your hands and wriggle your fingers||If you have the numbness a lot of the time and it's very uncomfortable wearing a splint at night may help|
|Swollen hands, feet and ankles||Extra fluid in your system||Rest with your feet up to heart level whenever you can. Avoid tight-fitting shoes and socks that cut in around the ankles. Wear support tights. Remove tight fitting rings||Or your doctor straight away if your face becomes swollen and you bein to get headaches - together they may signal pre-eclampsia|
|Abddominal pain||The ligaments, which support your uterus, stretching as your baby grows||Try a warm bath with six drops of lavendar oil, and then massage your abdomen with body lotion||If the pains don't gradually fade|
Most vegetarians are wised up when it comes to a balanced diet. Vegetarians do not need extra protein in pregnancy, especially if their diet includes ordinary products and/or eggs. The following ideas would work well as vegetarian snacks:
If you are a vegan and eat no animal products at all, you need to take care to mix the right plant foods to obtain all the amino acids you need. You need to ensure that you get quality protein from wholegrains (bread, flour, rice), dairy nuts, seeds, pulses, soya flour, soya milk and tofu. For example, mix cereals with pulses:
Include nuts, seeds, plant milks and textured vegetable proteins and tofu cheese in your diet.
By eating soya, tofu, almonds, sunflower seeds, leafy green vegetables, Brazil nuts, chick peas, sesame seeds, soya beans, fortified soya milk and products made from this.
By eating leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, lentils, wholegrains and nuts. Make sure you have some vitamin C with meals (orange juice is a good source) so your body can absorb the iron more easily.
by eating wholegrains, pulses, lentils, pumpkin seeds, wholemeal pasta and Brazil nuts. Zinc is important for a healthy immune system.
Marmite/Vegemite are a good source. Have some on bread or toast or add a spoonful to soups and casseroles just before serving.