The minor disorders of pregnancy
conditions in pregnancy that are not threat to life but can distress the woman,
making life miserable and undermine her health. Even if they can not endanger
life, they should not be ignored or treated lightly. They can interfere with
nutrition, sleep, outdoor recreation and normal household cores. These
conditions should not be accepted as a normal associate of pregnancy but should
be treated and alleviated. Minor disorder may escalate and become a serious
complication of pregnancy.
of the midwife is to health educate the woman in order to tolerate the changes
in pregnancy and her anxiety will be alleviated.
can be due to hormonal, accommodation, metabolic and postural changes. Every
system of the body changes and is affected by pregnancy.
Frequency of micturation
the first few weeks of gestation when the growing uterus is still within the
pelvic cavity. This reduces the space available for the bladder. Also in the
latter weeks when the fetal head engages. The problem is resolved when the
uterus grows out of the pelvis at about 12 weeks. Other causes of bladder
irritation should be ruled out. The woman should be encouraged to sleep during
the day to make up for the night.
This is the
whitish, non-irritant vaginal discharge in pregnancy. The patient may find the
discharge disturbing. She should be encouraged to increase personal hygiene,
wear cotton under wears and avoid nylon pants and tights. Wash with plain water
day and mild
cream is better than talcum powder. Thrush and trichomonas should be excluded.