Maybe you’re part of the lucky group of women who don’t experience – or only experience to some degree – the common symptoms of pregnancy. Whatever the intensity of the symptoms, the vast majority of pregnant women suffer from these discomforts caused by hormonal changes. Follow the tips provided by BabyHome to, at the very least, minimize these symptoms: 

Nausea 

Eat smaller portions of food, on average, every two hours, instead of three big meals throughout the day. Another recommendation is to opt for citric fruits, such as lemons and pineapple, and drinking plenty of water. Dry foods such as toast or crackers early in the morning can help curb morning sickness. Avoid fried foods, fats, and spicy condiments. 

Heartburn 

During pregnancy, the placenta will produce a hormone called progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles and the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach. Because of that, the gastric acids responsible for digestion end up coming up through the esophagus, causing the uncomfortable feeling of heartburn – the notorious gastroesophageal reflux. To avoid it, cross fried foods, chocolate, coffee, and highly processed foods of your diet, especially at night and before going to bed. Make sure to chew your food thoroughly as well.

Constipation 

The increase of progesterone makes your digestive tract work at a slower pace. To fight this issue, make sure to practice regular physical activities (or at the very least take a walk whenever possible), focus on a diet rich in fiber, and try to drink at least eight cups of water per day. 

Constant need to urinate 

The hormone “party” inside of you and the increase in blood pumping through it naturally induces your body to produce more fluids. Don’t even think about holding your pee in or even drinking less water. To make your constant visits to the bathroom easier, wear comfortable clothing that is also easy to remove – and make sure to carry disposable toilet seat liners, you never know when you might need them! 

Dizziness 

These are common it the first trimester due to the drop in blood pressure. Avoid getting up too quickly and going without food or water for long periods. 

Excessive salivation 

Also known as ptyalism or sialorrhea, it can occur in or around the sixth week of your pregnancy and even disappear entirely during the second trimester. To curb it, brush your teeth as soon as you notice the symptom, use mouthwash, and chew some gum.