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How To Reduce Problems During Pregnancy

How to reduce problems during pregnancy? Here are some tips and tricks to keep them under control so you can enjoy this precious phase of your motherhood journey. Read more!

Every family wishes for a healthy and smooth pregnancy journey. However, just like other important milestones in life, difficulties could occur. They could be common or rare difficulties. For more common ones, here are some tips and tricks to keep them under control so you can enjoy this precious phase of your motherhood journey.

Pregnancy Backaches

During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer, and they stretch to prepare you for labour. That puts a strain on the joints of the lower back and pelvis, which can cause backache. The extra weight of your uterus and the increasing size of the hollow in your lower back can also add to the problem.

But don’t worry, here are several things you can do to help prevent backaches, and cope with them if they do occur.

  • When turning around, move your feet too, so you won’t twist your spine.
  • Stay away from high-heels or anything of the sort - flat shoes are your best friend as these allow your weight to be evenly distributed.
  • Don’t stoop, work at a surface high enough for you to keep balance.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods; balance is key.
  • When you do sit, sit with your back straightened and well-supported.

One of the proven things to help with backaches is a firm mattress. If your mattress is too soft, put a piece of headboard under it to make it firmer.

There is also a slew of activities that can help ease the pain of backaches.

  • Aqua aerobics, a form of gentle exercise in water.
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Massage sessions, but do consult your doctor to ensure it’s safe for you and your little one
  • Regular exercise, including brisk walks.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Some women experience thinner hair during pregnancy, with more of their hair falling out. This is due to a decrease in oestrogen, which may happen as a result of stopping the oral contraceptive pill or a hormonal imbalance during pregnancy.

It’s also quite common for new mums to experience hair loss after pregnancy when their oestrogen returns to normal levels. This causes the additional hair from the growth phase to change to the resting phase, which then falls out more than usual, until around 3 to 4 months post-delivery.

But the thing is, hair loss is usually nothing to worry about. Your hair will return to normal by after a while. However, if you feel your hair loss is too much or your hair growth hasn’t returned back to normal, talk to your doctor for advice.

Gestational Diabetes – prep with Glucose Screening Test

A glucose screening test is a routine pregnancy test that checks for gestational diabetes. It checks for higher-than-normal levels of glucose, more commonly known as blood sugar. Having higher-than-normal levels of glucose could mean you are at risk for developing gestational diabetes.

Physicians recommend that all women should be screened for gestational diabetes, because it’s one of the most common pregnancy complications. Untreated, it could lead to a number of problems in the future.

Don’t worry about these tests though; glucose screening tests are an easy and effective way to catch gestational diabetes. To get the problem under control, you just have to enact some simple lifestyle changes. That means a smoother pregnancy - and a healthier outcome for your little one.

It is always good to ensure you have the right nutritional support during your pregnancy journey. According to Malaysia’s Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI), 2017, pregnant mums require sufficient dose of calcium, folic acid, vitamin D and iron, amongst other macro & micronutrients. Getting the right nutrient combination helps minimise some of the potential problems you may face. Choose a nutritional supplement that’s high in calcium and low in GI (Glycemic Index) value such as Frisomum Gold to be your nutrition partner.

Frisomum Gold, in support of healthy, happy pregnancy journeys.