Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy, Healthy Relationship with Change, Dr. Chelsea Hetherington (#31)

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The birth of your baby can bring challenges to your life. Taking care of yourself has never been more crucial than it’s now that you are pregnant. We are here to offer you support, provides pregnancy advice, suggestions for new parents, breastfeeding, and more.

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Great Tips We Read

One of the most joyful events in many women’s lives is giving birth to a child. From dreaming about the day you’ll welcome your little one home, to picking a name and nursery colors, the excitement is overwhelming. But not everyone anticipates that pregnancy will result body changes.

Pregnancy-related pain symptoms differ from woman to woman. However, each mother-to-be may experience symptoms differently. Here are three of the typical discomforts from UCSF Health and some guidelines for coping with them:

  • Hemorrhoids – To help avoid hemorrhoids, prevent constipation by maintaining a diet that is high in fluids and fiber.
  • Swelling of the Hands and Feet – Improve the circulation in your legs and feet by elevating them as often as possible.
  • Nausea and Vomiting – Avoid greasy, high-fat foods. They are more difficult to digest.

(Full list here)

This Week’s Article

Having a Healthy Relationship with Change
Whether you thrive on the excitement of experiencing something new, or whether you tend to experience anxiety about possibly losing control when events happen suddenly, too fast, or too much, having a balanced approach is important. We can’t “stranger danger” change and just suspiciously avoid it. So, the big question is: how do you handle change? Read more.

Helper of the Week

Dr. Chelsea Hetherington is a developmental psychologist, writer, coach, and consultant. She works to bridge the gap between research and practice by creating materials and resources that communicate the latest cutting-edge research for parents, caregivers, and practitioners. She is also a certified life and career coach.

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Much love to you and your family,

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