Symptoms during pregnancy - backache, acne and more

by ANRI ANTOAN

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why abdominal muscle separation tends to occur during pregnancy. As your uterus grows, it stretches and pushes apart the two large bands of muscle tissue that run down the middle of your abdomen between your ribs and your pelvic bone. The condition is generally painless, although some women will experience some tenderness in the belly button region. In fact, the only way you’ll know that it’s occurred is if you notice a loss of abdominal tone in the middle of your belly or if you make a conscious effort to check for muscle separation by poking around in the middle of your abdomen. (If you try to do a sit-up, there will be a bulge in the middle between the two muscles.) Once it’s occurred during one pregnancy, it becomes progressively worse in subsequent ones. Fortunately, it corrects itself after each pregnancy. Belly button soreness

I know, I know. It sounds like the most ridiculous complaint in the world. But just wait until it happens to you! Around the 20th week of pregnancy, you may experience some extreme tenderness in the belly button area. This is caused by the pressure of the expanding uterus on your belly button. The tenderness tends to subside as your belly grows, so this is one thing you can strike off the complaint list sooner rather than later.
Acne

Think your problem-skin days are a thing of the past? Unfortunately, the hormonal cocktail of pregnancy can cause skin eruptions that you haven’t experienced since your teenage years. Fortunately, pregnancy-related acne doesn’t last nearly as long as the adolescent variety. It will disappear shortly after the delivery. In the meantime, you can minimize its severity by using an oat- meal-based facial scrub to help unplug oily pores.
Backache
During the third trimester, approximately 50% of pregnant women experience some degree of back pain. It’s caused by the relaxing of the ligaments in your back, the overstretching of your abdominal muscles, and the changes to both your posture and the curvature of your spine, all of which create additional work for the muscles in your back. You can minimize the amount of back-related pain you experience during pregnancy by taking steps to protect your back. Here are a few tips: • Don’t jog or participate in any other high-impact sport that may be jarring to your spine. • Exercise caution when you’re bending, lifting, or otherwise changing positions. Let someone else lift the heavy objects. • If you do have to do some lifting, lift with your legs, not your back. • Rather than trying to sit up when you’re lying on your back, roll over onto your side and then push up with your hands. • Avoid standing or sitting in one position for long periods of time as this places an added strain on your back. If you can’t change positions as often as you should, put one foot on a stool while you’re sitting or standing. • Pay attention to your posture. The classic swayback position of pregnancy doesn’t just make you look about 30 pounds heavier (reason enough to tuck in that gut!), it can also wreak havoc on your back. Get in the habit of tucking a pillow between your knees and another under your abdomen when you’re sleeping on your side. This will help to take some of the pressure off your lower back.

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