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Pregnancy can be uncomfortable, and often women wonder if the discomforts they feel are normal or if there is something they can do about them.  While there usually isn’t a cure, it helps to know what to expect.

New Beginnings Students are asked to create a handout addressing some of these discomforts during pregnancy.  They do such a great job, so we thought we’d share one that discusses 4 common discomforts with a few resources to help you out when you experience them.

Shadae has done some beautiful work with her graphics, and we’re proud to highlight that here, as well as provide new moms with information that may help them in their journey.

“For most discomforts, you can do several things to help you feel better.”-March of Dimes

4 Common Discomforts During Pregnancy


Depression can come during and after pregnancy.  It can be daunting to deal with, but themomsource.net provides assistance to new moms and even husbands.  They even come to your home for consultations.

Constipation, Gas, and Bloating

You may think “Yuck”! when you hear about them, but I guarentee they are all perfectly normal and expected.  Resources include nutritionbalance.org and westheartfordyoga.com.


The age-old pregnancy issue.  But don’t just head to your nearest family care clinic.  There are some things to help at home: ginger or chamomile tea, reduce your stress and accupressure.  Resource: acupunturestanbaker.com


Your carrying another human!  You are bound to have some pain.  Chiropractors (westhartfordchiropractor.com), aromatherapists (myself, just ask me!), and a great messeuse (alternatives4health.com) can help with that.

Alternative Means

In this modern age, a lot of women and men are focused on a cleaner way of living.  In fact, they actively seek it out and why would your pregnancy change that?  The pane to the right lists a few places and people that can provide care.

Natural Health Consultant (myself or alternativehealthspas.info)

Naturopathic Doctor:  Frank (www.draieta.com)

Reiki (Myself or holistichandsct.com/HolisticHandsCT)

Thank you for reading the above information.  Keep in mind this is just a light list of the options you have.  There is so much more out there in abundance for you!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more info for anything I have listed and stated I offer.  We can absolutely talk about it and add it on to your Birth Doula Package!

Common Complaints During Pregnancy

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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