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1st Trimester Pregnancy - Common Complaints, Natural Solutions

by: Brian G Potter

Although pregnancy is a wondrous thing the nausea, heart burn, stretch marks, mood swings and even nasal congestion can leave a woman worn out and overwhelmed. Fortunately there are natural solutions for common complaints that really do work.

In the first trimester of pregnancy one of the initial symptoms and complaints is morning sickness; miss named perhaps because it does not only occur in the morning but can leave a woman feeling nauseous all day long. Finding out what triggers the nausea is important, more important is avoiding that trigger. Common triggers for nausea are cigarette smoke and strong smells, even strong colognes, avoid these when possible. By keeping something in the stomach and avoiding the blood sugars to plummet will often keep the pregnant stomach settled; ginger or peppermint tea will be very helpful in keeping things settled. Vitamin B6 will also help to alleviate morning sickness but remember to check with the health care provider for proper dosing information.

Another common complaint in the first stages of pregnancy is tender, sore breasts. Tender breasts are caused by hormones preparing the breast for lactation and the tenderness will generally increase the closer to birth a woman gets. Vitamin B6 can be helpful with easing breast tenderness; remember to check with a health care provider first. Purchasing a well fitting supportive bra will also be crucial in managing the sensitivity and tenderness of the breast. Find a retailer that will fit you properly to a well made bra; you may be surprised to find you are not wearing the correct size.

Many women suffer from insomnia in all three trimesters; sleeping pills must be avoided at this time naturally. Relaxation techniques often help ease the pain of insomnia; a warm bath, reading, massage or even watching television can often help settle down the mind allowing sleep to come naturally. Sometimes sleep is disturbed or interrupted by nasal congestion, pregnancy colds can be common at this stage of pregnancy and last the entire pregnancy. Using a nasal saline solution can help, drinking plenty of water and a humidifier at night also will help ease some of the congestion as well. One of the most effective solutions, however, is nasal irrigation. Similar to using the saline mist, a solution of saline is made, leaning over a basin or sink squirt the solution up the nasal cavities; make sure you breathe out of your mouth while doing this.

Just as there are many different complaints in the first trimester there are many different solutions and one of the best ways to obtain information is in mass numbers of experience. Reading books, web sites and message boards often can provide the information that not only matches the symptom but the personality as well. Seeing out the camaraderie of others who are going through it too gives a sense of community that can ease those blues. Remember to check with a health care provider before following herbal or any advice that creates a feeling of doubt...better to be safe.

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About The Author
Brian G Potter is researching and writing on the different stages of pregnancy and will be adding more on this subject soon. Meanwhile however, visit his website at http://www.trimester-pregnancy.com where you can obtain most of the help and information you need.
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