The joys of having a baby can be dampened by a host of aches, pains, and other inconveniences that many expectant mothers face. It’s no secret that a woman’s body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy \u2013 and many of these changes aren’t always pleasant. While not every woman experiences every pregnancy-related discomfort, here are ways get relief from a few of them.\nTaming Tummy Troubles\nHormonal changes are the likely cause of morning sickness, which occurs in about half of all pregnant women. And it can happen at any time of the day.\n\nKeep crackers, dry cereal, or dry bread beside your bed. Eat a small amount slowly in the morning before you get out of bed.\nEat 5 or 6 small meals each day. Never go for long periods without food, and try not to overload your stomach when you eat.\n\nDrink\u00a0Up\nWhen you’re pregnant, it’s important to stay hydrated. Water helps with kidney and liver functions for both you and the baby.\n\nDrink eight to 10 glasses of water a day to help ease constipation and fatigue.\nAvoid caffeine and sugary drinks, which can cause dehydration.\nDrink liquids between meals \u2014 not with them \u2014 to avoid heartburn.\n\nRest Is Best\nThe baby growing inside of you is taking a lot of energy, so be sure to rest or sleep whenever you can.\n\nListen to your body. When you feel tired, take a nap, or sit down and your feet up.\nTaking naps and going to bed early also can help.\nAvoid the temptation to work late or take on extra responsibilities.\n\nAre You Sleeping?\nAs the baby gets bigger, it will likely become harder for you to find a comfortable sleep position.\n\nMake yourself as comfortable as possible with pillows.\nAvoid eating a large meal or drinking liquids within 2 to 3 hours of bedtime.\nRemember to lie on your side.\n\nBanish Back Pain\nBackache is the most common problem in pregnancy. To keep your body balanced, your back curves inward as your uterus grows. This change in posture causes varying degrees of backache.\n\nGood posture is important. Sit, stand, and walk with your back straight.\n\n\nUse good body mechanics. When lifting something from the floor, bend your knees instead of bending at your waist.\nAvoid wearing high heels and shoes that don’t provide enough support.\n\nPregnant and Puffy\nMild swelling of the feet, legs, and hands can be expected during pregnancy. With the added weight of pregnancy, circulation is slower to return the fluid to the heart.\n\nAvoid standing for a long periods of time.\nKeep your feet and legs up when you sit.\nDo not cross your legs when sitting.\n\nMagee-Womens Hospital of UPMC offers a wealth of specialty services with a specific focus on gynecology and obstetrics. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, visit Magee’s website or call 1-866-MyMagee (696-2433).