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Calming Your Concerns

Calming Your Concerns

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Pregnancy is a difficult time for expectant parents. Although it's exciting, there are so many changes that happen and adjustments that need to be made. Many women become worried about perfectly normal health concerns, but most symptoms are a normal part of pregnancy.

Pregnant women become fearful when they experience pain in the abdomen. As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on the organs and abdomen. These growing pains are usually nothing to be concerned about, unless the pain gets very severe.

Spotting is another symptom that scares mothers-to-be. If there's no pain associated with it, it's usually a common symptom of pregnancy. Some women even have light periods on the days that they are expecting a period, or it might just mean you need more rest. If you're overly concerned, or are having heavier bleeding or pain, see a doctor.

Although it's unpleasant, morning sickness is most commonly a typical symptom of every pregnancy. Women who are pregnant find themselves disgusted by certain food smells, nauseous at all hours of the day, and unable to keep food down in some cases. Pregnant women often worry that their vomiting or aversion to certain foods is harming their baby, but this is not true. If you are unable to keep any food or liquids down for over 24 hours, or can't stop vomiting, consult your doctor. Otherwise, chalk it up to a normal part of pregnancy.

When you go to the doctor's office, it may feel like you're being poked and prodded numerous times each visit. While some tests will show certain abnormalities and problems, most examinations are completely routine and a necessary part of any healthy pregnancy. If your doctor sends you for additional testing, don't panic. Be informed and prepared, but in many cases it's just a precaution and often the result of an inconclusive first test. Bring a friend or loved one with you to provide moral support in the waiting room or doctor's office.

Pregnancy brings with it certain feelings of stress, both physical and emotional. By worrying or feeling anxious, are you affecting the baby? Short term periods of stress won't harm your baby, although certain doctor's claim that long term, severe stress may increase the risk of certain pregnancy complications. However, this is not proven, and you shouldn't worry about a bout of depression or anxiousness except for its impact on your well being! It can really help to talk to someone, so confide in your midwife, doctor or a trusted friend about what's causing you to stress out.

Joining a pregnancy support group is a great way to socialize and meet people, and to share common complaints and concerns. Whether it's laughing over a shared symptom or talking seriously about post partum depression, a support group can help connect you with others who know exactly what you're going through.


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