Childbirth is the most defining and significant milestone in the life of a woman. Once the baby arrives, many moms realize that her pregnancy was much easier even though it may have appeared to be a roller coaster at the time. Scores of women share their pregnancy experiences on social media, the only common theme is that pregnancy is unique for every woman.
Some women experience very mild symptoms during pregnancy and most of their nine month journey is joyous. On the other hand, there are women who suffered through a number of severe symptoms that makes their pregnancy more like a nightmare. Their nine months can be backbreaking and seem to be unending for them.
Some of the discomforts discussed here may come and go or stay throughout the durtion of the pregnancy. The intensity can also vary from mild to severe, it's a good idea to keep the obstetrician or the midwife abreast of all experiences and of course any changes in symptoms expectant women experience.
In fact some of these issues women face can be down right embarrassing, if not disgusting. These problems can strike any body part at any time, no part of the woman is safe from these issues. Whether it's an odor or just some persistent problem that doesn't seem to want to go away, most people would glow bright red at the thought of having to shre these problems with another person.
14 Dental Problems
This may come as a surprise, but it's true that dental problems crop up in pregnancy. Midwives and doctors emphasize a lot on dental hygiene during pregnancy. Women who never had any dental issues before might discover that she's got a few cavaties or gingivitis while she's expectant. The most common dental problem during pregnancy is bleeding gums.
After brushing and flossing the gums appear to be swollen and tender. The gums become sensitive during pregnancy and result in inflammation due to hormonal changes. This condition is also referred to as pregnancy gingivitis because it only strikes during pregnancy and goes back to normal once the baby has been born.
However, it should not be a matter of much concern as these symptoms will disappear after delivery. Usually there's no pain associated with the bleeding or tender gums. However, if it causes extreme discomfort and makes it difficult to chew food then it's important to consult a dentist. Pregnancy means that some dental treatments and medications can't be prescribed, and some procedures will have to wait until after the birth.
13 Acne And Pregnancy Mask
It would be hard to find anyone who was happy about having acne, let alone pregnancy acne. Sometimes the hormonal changes in pregnancy cause severe acne trouble. Almost 50 percent of expectant women face this menace during pregnancy. It can be even more irritating for those women who never had bad acne duing their teen years.
Acne mostly happens during the first two trimesters, but sometimes acne may appear in the last couple of weeks leading up to birth.
Other women may experience what's known as pregnancy mask. These are the appearance of brown patches on the skin. Going out in the sun could make it worse. The good news it does fade away on its own after childbirth. Some women may also get small skin tags on the neck, armpits and groin from excess sweat. Skintags are painless, but a lot of women think they're ugly. These can be removed easily by a doctor after the childbirth.
The best solution to keep any skin problem in check is to drink plenty of fluids. This helps in keeps the skin hydrated and any skin problems at bay, whether you're pregnant or not!
12 Spending Half The Time In The Bathroom
Too many trips to the toilet may can make pregnancy quite irritating and exhausting, especially during the first and third trimester. The urge to pee wakes mommy up at night twice or three times.
Increased blood flow in the body causes frequent urination. That's because the kidneys produce 25 percent more urine during the first trimester, so having to visit the toilet often can certainly feel a bit repetitive, but it can also make a woman feel disgusting. Especially if she has to visit public washrroms often.
The urge to pee may ease during the second trimester, but it comes back for reveng in the third trimester because the size of the baby grows at a tremendous rate. This puts some extra pressure on the bladder and therefore, more trips to the toilet.
During this time a mother should drink more water even though that means going to the toilet often. Replace diuretic drinks like tea, coffee and soft drinks with water.
11 Say Hello To Snoring
It may not happen to all expectant women, but believe it or not, you just might be snoring the night away. Women who have gained a lot of weight during their pregnancy are more likely to snore than others. Usually this happens towards the end of the third trimester. Now it's you rhusband's turn to poke you in the back.
Frequent or occasional snoring can happens when the mucus membranes become swollen in the nose. That's because during the last few weeks, the body starts producing more blood which swells the inside lining of the nose and blocking the air passage and resulting in snoring.
Catching a cold can make the snoring worse and disrupt sleep. Sleeping on one side may solve the snoring problem. Keeping the head a bit elevated can also help. Eating healthy and exercising can make sure that weight gain is proportional. Doctors recommend their patients not to gain more than the recommended weight.
While snoring is common and happens to one third of pregnant women it can also be a sign of an underlying medical issue. Consult your doctor to rule out any chances of gestational diabetes and sleep apnea if you've been snoring it up lately.
10 Vomiting Or Nausea (Morning Sickness)
Most people find this one disgusting. During the first trimester, from the moment you wake up, to the time you go to sleep, you're probably feeling pretty nauseous. This constant nauseous feeling is known as ‘morning sickness.’ Many doctors say that nausea is a sign of a healthy pregnancy.
For some women their morning sickness is so severe that it causes discomfort, especially for working women. Usually after the first trimester, this feeling subsides for most women. Unfortunately for some women it continues throughout the whole pregnancy. Nausea usually doesn’t always result in vomiting, but a few women may end up vomiting too.
Strong odors and particular smells can make a mother-to-be feel all the more nauseous. Avoid strong odors, eat small meals more frequently, and drink lots of water. Dehydration can make nausea worse, so stay hydrated.
A small glass of water and a few soda crackers next to the bed to nibble on prior to getting out of bed may also help.
9 Painful Constipation
Constipation is another common complaint of more than 50 percent of moms-to-be. Sometimes constipation also results in hemorrhoids (piles), which can be extremely painful. Once again, blame the hormones. Progesterone relaxes the muscles in the body, including the digestive tract muscles.
When the process of digestion slows down it often results in constipation. This may or may not remian throughout pregnancy since the symptoms vary in all women.
Eating natural and easily digestible food like fruits and vegetables will be easy on stomach aand encourage your body to create more loose stool. High fiber foods such as almond and flax seeds help improve digestion and provide essential vitamins and antioxidants, they're also natural laxatives, which means they encourage you to poop.
Watermelon of all the fruits is another best remedy for treating constipation.
Drinking plenty of water helps keep the bowels soft and moving smoothly through your intestines. Eat small frequent meals, which will help the food digest easily. Chamomile tea is another tried and tested way to relax the stomach muscles.
8 Sore Breasts
Just as before your monthly periods your breasts become heavy and sore. This also happens during pregnancy when they grow becoming heavy with milk. While heavy breasts is common, some women also experience soreness, swelling or a tingling sensation in their nipples. You guessed it, hormones cause all of these changes.
Hormones increase the blood flow in the body and that's the reason breasts become swollen and sensitive to the touch. The body also prepares the breasts for feeding the baby by multiplying the milk glands and increasing the fat layer.
To ease any breast pains, try a new bra size to accommodate the changed chests. Usually this discomfort stays the whole of pregnancy, and the breasts may keep growing, so you may need to change the size more than once. Sometimes a good amount of water intake and a nutrient rich diet can help ease the discomfort. If all else fails, covering them up with a warm towel.
7 Severe Exhaustion
A large number of expectant women feel extremely tired and sleepy throughout their pregnancy. The playground of hormones in the body causes increased blood flow in the body. The increased blood flow is responsible for carrying nutrients to the baby, which in turn reduces the mother’s blood pressure and sugar levels.
That's why she feels so fatigued. The increased level of progesterone also induces the body to feel more sleepy.
The feeling of tiredness may generally ease during the second trimester, but comes back again in the third trimester. It's kinda the body’s way of making sure the mother gets plenty of rest, which is also good for her growing baby. Excessive fatigue, if it may exist can best be handled by eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and prenatal exercises.
Usually walking outside in your naighborhood is the best form of exercise during pregnancy. Watch out for signs of dehydration, which could be another reason of excessive fatigue.
6 Smelly Discharge That Might Change Color
Excessive white, milky liquid vaginal discharge with a mild musky smell is quite common during pregnancy. The medical terms for it is leukorrhea. This discharge is perfectly normal and there's nothing to worry about although it can make a woman feel very uncomfortable and unclean.
According to medical experts, during pregnancy the vaginal walls and cervix become softer, and this discharge keeps the vagina clean by preventing any bacteria from going up into the womb.
If there's a lot of uneasiness, then wearing pads may help, but avoid douches and tampons, which may lead to infections. Cotton panties can help in keeping the wet feeling at bay. If the discharge changes color to yellow or green with a foul smell, it may be time to talk to your doctor.
You'll know that this is serious if these symptoms are accompanied by itching and soreness. These are signs of a possible infection, be it yeast, bacterial, or thrush. Make an appointment with the doctor to take care of any such problems.
5 Chest Wrenching Heartburn
During the digestion process, the esophagus keeps stomach acids from rising up by closing it off with the help of a muscular valve. During pregnancy the muscles of this valve are relaxed by the excessive progesterone and that's why it's no longer able to stop the acid from rising up to the throat, especially while lying down or after a heavy meal.
This causes a burning sensation in the heart region, but has nothing to do with the heart. It's just the stomach acid irritating the esophagus.
During the second and third trimester this reflux may increase. In some women, this may happen more often and usually the severity is caused by food habits or lifestyle. This condition can be easily managed by planning the diet carefully. Eating smaller and frequent meals helps.
Natural food like fruits and vegetables should be eaten daily, and if possible try not to lie down immediately after a meal. Instead, go for a short walk, drink a glass of milk or eat some yogurt to help suppress the acid reflux. If this problem becomes increasingly annoying, it may be time to call the doctor.
This could be a case of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), which may damage the esophagus. Over the counter remedies are also helpful, but check with your doctor before taking anything.
4 All Over Body Aches
Usually, pregnancy causes all sorts of pains in many parts of the body, especially the legs, chest and lower back. Some women also complain of headaches, which again is a common pregnancy symptom. It's important not to use certain headache medications during pregnancy. Ask a doctor which medications are safe to take.
Numbness or tingling sensations in the legs during the third trimester are caused by the increased size of the growing body. On top of that, backache can really make things difficult, especially lower back pain. All the strain on the back from carrying the additional weight of the baby and poor posture can wreak havoc on the spine.
Physical fitness goes a long way to brining pain relief, and as an added bonus it will also make the delivery easier. The best footwear are low (preferably flat) heels, and if you have to pick something up off the floor don't bend from the waist, instead bend from the knees. Sleeping on one side with a pillow between the legs can also alleviate some lower back pain. If nothing works, go for a hot or warm compress.
3 Excess Gas
The second trimester brings along the most embarrassing gassy accidents. Many women become gassy and end up with an, “It wasn’t me!” kind of expression. Our favorite hormone progesterone slows down the digestion process, which results in frequent burping and flatulence.
Flatulence increases towards the end of pregnancy as the muscles start to relax more and more. Excess gas can build up after a heavy meal too heavy for the stomach, so women should avoid foods that causes flatulence. Although even these can vary from one woman to another. So, try to make a mental note of which foods cause gas build up and discomfort.
Sometimes, vitamin or iron supplements can also lead to gastric troubles. It might also depend on the kind of food mom has been eating, too. Heavy food takes longer to digest and pregnancy makes it even slower. Fruits and fresh vegetables can help the digestion process. Besides, healthy food will make sure that the baby gets enough nutrients to develop properly.
Stress can also add to gas problems because it increases the amount of air going into the digestive system. So go relax and pamper yourself with a day at a prenatal spa or opt for prenatal yoga.
2 Darkened Facial Hair
It is normal for women to have fine hair growth along the jaw line and even other parts of the body. During pregnancy this fine hair growth becomes darker and more prominent and embarrassing. This happens because the androgen (male) hormone, which is secreted from the ovaries and placenta resulting in darker hair.
This usually happens during the later part of the pregnancy, but the good news is that this is one of those temporary symptoms that disappears after childbirth.
But if the hair growth persists even after one year of childbirth then it's better to consult an endocrinologist. Women who usually have hormonal imbalances are more prone to getting facial hair during pregnancy.
It's not safe to use any hair removal creams during pregnancy as they get absorbed into the skin and may be harmful to the fetus. Even laser hair removal isn’t considered safe during pregnancy. If the hair growth is quite evident, then shaving, plucking or threading could be safer and better options.
1 Uncontrollable Itching
Itching is another thing that many expectant woman can avoid. Itching occurs mainly on the baby bump and the breasts because they keep increasing in size with every passing month. When the skin stretches due to the growing uterus it tends to become itchy.
There could be other uncommon or rare reasons for the itch such as eczema, scabies or a fungal infection. If you happen to see any unusual rash on your body, then call your doctor immediately.
The most important thing to remember, is that skin gets itchy when it's dehydrated, try not to scratch the irritated area. Scratching can lead to severe stretch marks that are difficult to remove. If these marks aren't scratched, they might remain light after the baby's delivery.
Keeping the skin moisturized may help, but if the itching gets irritated, then it's best to discuss this with the doctor and get a prescription for a medicated cream.
A few things can stop mom form feeling disgusting. Make time to listen to soothing music for at least half an hour a day and follow some relaxation techniques including prenatal yoga. Last, but not the least, focus on the well being of the baby inside your womb and send some good vibes inside.