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Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Calm Common Complaints

Sure, there's a lot to be thankful for during pregnancy. Heartburn and the dozen other inconveniences most women experience, however, aren't on this list.

Heartburn may strike anytime during your pregnancy, but it's more likely to occur as your belly grows. An abundance of the hormone progesterone delays digestion and loosens the valve that once kept your stomach acids from creeping up your esophagus. To battle heartburn bouts, eat small meals and stay upright for an hour after you leave the table. If heartburn bothers you at night, use pillows to sleep in a reclined position. Over-the-counter medications for heartburn are usually OK, but you should check with your doctor to be sure [source: Greenfield: Heartburn].

Pesky leg cramps may become more prevalent during the second and third trimesters. There are a number of reasons for the increased frequency, from mild dehydration to the baby putting pressure on spinal nerves. The good news is that with a bit of forethought, you can help prevent these muscle cramps. Stretching your legs is a good pre-emptive measure, but don't point your toes because it can trigger a cramp. Exercise (even leisurely strolls) should help. Massaging your legs, taking a warm bath or using a heating pad may also provide some relief [source: March of Dimes: Changes].

If you're bothered by back pain, then ditch the heels, buy a supportive mattress and keep your posture in check. Beating back pain requires many minute adjustments throughout the day and night. Don't hunch over your keyboard, and make sure stretch your muscles now and then [source: Livermore].