What is “quickening?”

Quickening is the term given to the time in pregnancy when you can feel the baby move. This is generally around the 4th or 5th month.Once you understand what it feels like when the baby moves, you should be feeling the baby move every day. Advice from experienced mothers Babies tend to be more active …

What to do about varicose veins during pregnancy

Varicose veins occur when your already sluggish circulatory system is constricted due to the pressure of your growing uterus and the increased blood volume. Some Women Have Tried… Try exercises for your feet and legs that may help improve circulation. Take frequent rest periods when you have to be on your feet for long amounts …

What to do about pelvic pain during pregnancy

Your enlarging uterus puts pressure on your pelvis. The sciatic nerve can be affected as the pelvis relaxes and stretches. This would feel like pain that starts in the pelvis and continues down the thigh. Some women feel sharp pains on either side of your abdomen due to the stretching of the ligaments that support …

What to do about moodiness during pregnancy

Your fluctuating hormone levels make you more susceptible to moodiness when you are pregnant. Near the end of pregnancy, your altered body image, fatigue and concerns about the upcoming labor can add to the moodiness. Some Women Have Tried… Allow yourself time to cry, you may find yourself with renewed energy afterwards. Seek out support …

What to do about bleeding gums during pregnancy

Your blood volume increases when you are pregnant, which can cause some swelling in tissues with very small blood vessels, such as the nasal passages and gums. Tender gums may react to vigorous tooth brushing by bleeding. Some Women Have Tried… Switch to a soft bristle tooth brush. Brush your teeth more gently; floss no …

What to do about low libido during pregnancy

Physical discomfort, fatigue, hormonal changes and a changing body image work together to cause a decreased desire for physical intimacy when pregnant. Some couples are afraid to continue with sexual relations for fear it may hurt the baby. Some Women Have Tried… Understand that intimacy, sexual play and intercourse are all safe during pregnancy, unless …

What to do about faintness during pregnancy

Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, and the high progesterone levels relax your blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure. However, the relaxed and slack vessels can slow down your circulation enough that you feel faint when you stand up suddenly. Another factor to look for is your body temperature. When your body is overheating, …