There are a number of aches and pains that come with
pregnancy. While back in the day many doctors just brushed them aside and said
that is part of pregnancy, now a days more and more doctors are recommending a
well balanced diet to help. Here are just a few pregnancy aliments that a good
diet can help.
A common complaint during pregnancy is tooth and gum
problems. To help keep your teeth healthy and your baby's teeth healthy, make
sure you get enough calcium and vitamin C. Always keep some sugarless gum near
you or chew on some nuts and cheese.
It is also not uncommon for many women to feel dizzy or
lightheaded during pregnancy especially if they have gone to long without
eating. This is why it is so important to eat through out the day and snack also.
Keep your snacks as healthy as you can and stay away from junk food whenever
you can. These foods will give you a quick rush of energy but ultimately leave
you feeling worse than you did before you ate them. Keep yourself hydrated
also. Snacking and drinking will help boost your blood sugar and keep you
hydrated which can help you fight dizziness.
Sometime during your second trimester, you may find yourself
awakening in the middle of the night to leg cramps. Leg cramps can come from not getting enough
calcium. Some say that the leg cramps implicate a shortage of magnesium while
some say that dehydration can be the cause. Either way makes sure you are
getting enough calcium and magnesium. If
you suffer from leg cramps you might find it helpful to drink a glass of milk,
or have a piece of cheese before you go to turn in to bed at night. Make sure
you drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day to keep yourself
Swelling is another pain in pregnancy. While severe swelling
could be a sign of preeclampsia, there is a certain amount of swelling that is
normal and healthy during pregnancy. In fact more than seventy five percent of
all pregnant women experience some sort of swelling. The most common cause is
too much water retention. Staying away from salty foods and drinking extra
water will help you keep the swelling to a bare minimum.
Pregnancy is also a time where you skin might taken on the
appearance of a teenager getting ready to hit puberty. Some women suffer from
dry skin, which can be cured by making sure you drink plenty of fluids to
increase moisture. If you have flakey skin, eat more omega-3 rich foods or
seeds and nuts. There are some people who suffer from some skin discoloration
and too much blotchiness could be a folic-acid deficiency. This is another
reason why it is so important to make sure you are taking your prenatal
Lastly, we have all heard about the great head of hair some
women are blessed with during pregnancy since hormones prevent hair from
falling out at its normal rate. There are some women though who find that their
hair is less than stellar during pregnancy. This could be due to the lack of
vitamins that you might be getting. Through out pregnancy it is important that
you get enough vitamin A, B and C. Vitamin A will keep your hair and scalp
healthy. Vitamin B will help with your hair growth and vitamin C is needed for
strength. Make sure you are getting enough of this in your diet.
Eating healthy throughout pregnancy does not only ensure
your chances of a healthy pregnancy but it will also help you avoid some of the
more uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy too.