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Talk with your doctor before using pain-relieving medication at any time during your pregnancy.
Get up slowly. Eat a few unsalted crackers before you get out of bed.
Eat small, light meals at frequent intervals.
Drink water with lemon slices.
Take catnaps when you can.
Get regular exercise.
Accept help from others.
Talk about your feelings with others, including other mothers.
Limit sugar, chocolate, and caffeine.
Eat a healthy diet. Don’t skip meals.
Get fresh air and exercise.
Relax and get enough rest.
Check with your healthcare provider before taking any pain medications.
To limit ankle swelling, sit with your feet raised.
If you have pain in your groin and abdomen (round ligament pain), avoid sudden twisting movements.
For leg cramps, wear support hose. Get enough exercise and wear shoes with flexible soles.
Eat small, light meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones.
Sleep with your upper body raised 6 inches. Don’t lie down until 2 hours after you eat.
Eat foods high in fiber (whole-grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables).
Drink plenty of water.
Taking Care of Your Breasts
Avoid using harsh soaps or alcohol, which can cause excessive dryness.
Wear nursing bras. They provide more support than regular bras and can be used after pregnancy if you breastfeed.
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Take a warm shower before bed.
Sleep on a firm mattress.
Lie on your side with one leg crossed over the other.
Use pillows to support arms, legs, and belly.