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10 of the Worst Pregnancy Side Effects and How to Handle Them

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Pregnancy side effects like gas, incontinence and swelling can be embarrassing and painful. Here are 10 of the worst side effects and how to handle them.

1) Fatigue

Growing a baby uses a lot of your body's resources, so fatigue is common. Toss in an increase in progesterone which can work like a sedative, and that ups the ante, according to Parents.

UCSF Medical Center recommends getting as much sleep as possible, including short naps. Exercise increases your energy. Just be mindful of the intensity.

2) Morning Sickness

This is generally at its worst in the a.m., but morning sickness can last all day. It seems increased amounts of estrogen stimulate the brain area responsible for nausea and vomiting.

Eat small frequent meals. Stay away from fatty, fried or spicy foods. Before getting out of bed, try eating dry starchy foods, like crackers or toast. Limit coffee, which can make nausea worse.

3) Frequent Urination

Thanks to hormonal changes, your bladder fills more often because increased circulating blood volume means your kidneys have to filter more fluid. Plus, you can expect more pressure on your bladder as your uterus keeps growing.

Basically just pee when you need to pee. And limiting fluids is not the answer. “Your body needs more water to sustain increased amniotic fluid and blood levels during pregnancy,” said Parents.

4) Incontinence

Pregnant women can experience incontinence. Try panty liners to catch any leaks, and make plenty of trips to the bathroom, WebMD suggested.

5) Bloating and Excess Gas

Women experience much higher levels of progesterone during pregnancy. This causes the body’s gastrointestinal tract to slow down the digestive process. The result: gas, bloating, burping, flatulence and an upset stomach.

To get food moving faster through the gastrointestinal tract, try exercise. Avoid things like carbonated beverages, beans, cauliflower and dried fruit.

6) Breast Tenderness

During the first trimester, breasts become tender and get larger.

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"Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy." UCSF Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

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Johnson, Sharlene K. "Handling a Tough First Trimester of Pregnancy." Parents. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

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