Pregnancy is meant to be a wonderful experience. However for a great deal of women the first 12 weeks or so can feel extremely unpleasant, with feelings of extreme tiredness and exhaustion to frequent bouts of nausea, not to mention the emotional reactions. For many, these feelings soon settle down and the pleasure and excitement of the pregnancy begins. But for some, the side effects of fluctuating hormones can continue and be pretty disruptive. Here are a few of the most common complaints!:-
- morning sickness, nausea and headaches
- swollen ankles, hands and legs, particularly 3rd trimester
- back and joint aches
- stress and anxiety
- digestive issues & constipation
- and of course, a lovely weak bladder!!
However, you manage and get to the last few remaining weeks… bag packed and a well thought out birth plan at the ready – you wait patiently for the time to come, medical records in hand… and nothing happens…. and you wait a bit more and still nothing happens…. before you know, you’re booked in for sweeps and have a date to be induced – this is just not what you envisaged….
Finally you are home and coming to terms with your new arrival, your body is, well, adjusting!! But you are up most of the night, shattered, and desperately trying to breast feed….
Time to look here for some inspiration ……