Throughout the stages of pregnancy changes take place that are sometimes uncomfortable. Beside the usual symptoms of morning sickness that occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, the expectant mom may experience fatigue and an increase in urination. Vitamin supplements prescribed by the physician, adequate rest and a nutritious diet can help alleviate fatigue. The growing uterus exerts pressure on the bladder making the need for urination more frequent.

As the pregnancy progresses and the uterus continues to expand, increased pressure on the intestines can make bowel movements more difficult often resulting in constipation. Toward the end of the second trimester and into the third, the expectant mother may experience edema, varicose veins or breathlessness.

Increased weight gain can cause more pressure on the legs, which may result in varicose veins. Not every pregnant woman experiences these problems but there is a possibility that they could arise. You may not be able to prevent varicose veins but you may be able to lessen the chance by trying to avoid standing for prolonged periods of time. If necessary, wear support hose. It is also important to wear proper fitting, comfortable shoes.

Shortness of breath can occur as the uterus pushes up against the diaphragm. This may tend to increase in the third trimester and as the pregnant woman gets closer to delivery time. Edema is water retention in the tissues. It is normal for some swelling to occur during pregnancy especially in the hands and feet. It may be best to remove rings from fingers if swelling is making them tight. If swelling seems excessive to the point of concern, express those concerns to your physician. Normally your doctor will note such changes during regular office visits but it doesn’t hurt to ask questions or voice your concerns. Your physician can then help allay any unnecessary fears and suggest ways in which you can alleviate any undue discomfort.

Each trimester of pregnancy brings increasing changes that can affect mood and comfort level. Sleeping can become more difficult and finding a comfortable position can sometimes be a daunting task in itself. As hormonal changes take place expect moodiness to occur. Fatigue can also add to irritability. Along with weight gain, increased appetite and a tendency to crave odd combinations of food, cravings are probably the most well known aspect of pregnancy. Heartburn can become a great source of discomfort for some expectant women although others don’t seem to be bothered by it. If heartburn is causing you discomfort be sure to ask your doctor to prescribe something to alleviate it. Avoiding spicy food may also help to lessen the aggravation of persistent heartburn.

But as any new mom knows, any discomfort during pregnancy is well worth it once you have your new baby in your arms.