Coping With Common Discomforts

Many women have physical discomforts during their pregnancies. Most of these are minor and nothing to worry about. The following tips can help you treat mild symptoms at home.

Bleeding Gums

Tell your dentist you're pregnant and ask for other ideas that can help.

Gum infections are associated with an increased risk for premature labor. We recommend that you visit your dentist early in your pregnancy for an exam and any needed cleaning or repair work.

Leg Problems

Leg problems include cramps, varicose veins and swelling.




Water Retention


In the second and third trimesters, backaches that come and go at regular times might be a sign of preterm labor. Call your doctor if you have this kind of back pain.

From the "Birth Day News" series.

Clinical review by Jane Dimer, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014