One of the most common pregnancy symptoms is feeling sick in the first 14 to 15 weeks of pregnancy and affects three quarters of pregnant women. Here are some ideas to help you through this time:
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The less alcohol you drink the better since alcohol passes through the placenta and affects your baby. No one knows how much alcohol is safe, but we do know that a high consumption of alcohol can affect your baby’s growth and can interfere with your babyâ€™s ability to get enough oxygen and nourishment for normal cell development in the brain and other organs. Current guidelines say its safe to drink one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week but some experts advise cutting it out altogether.
There are various causes of insomnia during pregnancy. The hormone that leaves women feeling weak during the day can also make it hard to sleep at night.
Tips for avoiding insomnia:
â€¢ Try to maintain a routine with a regular sleep and wake schedule
â€¢ Sleep in a quiet bedroom with a good mattress and comfortable pillow
â€¢ Use the bed only to sleep and not to read, watch television or work on a laptop
â€¢ Maintain a balanced diet
â€¢ Create a before bed routine like taking a shower, drinking a glass of warm milk or listening to calming music, which also benefits the baby
â€¢ Avoid stimulants like caffeine
â€¢ If you cannot fall asleep, get out of bed and try doing something else in a different room. When you feel tired again, return to bed.
â€¢ Try to sleep on your left side to improve blood pressure and this can help prevent swelling in the feet
â€¢ Do not drink a lot of liquid before going to bed