Coping with Common Discomforts

Pregnancy produces many physical changes. Aside from weight and body shape, changes in body chemistry and function take place. The heart works harder, your temperature registers slightly higher, body secretions increase, joints and ligaments are more flexible and hormones are altered. Mood changes are common, resulting from a combination of hormonal changes and increased fatigue. Additionally, anxiety over body image, sexuality, finances, relationship roles and impending parenthood may occur. The following are the most common discomforts of pregnancy and helpful guidelines for coping with them.