It seems like moms are always busy taking care of everyone and everything. They rarely have time to take care of themselves. Even when a mom ends up sick, she usually keeps working and caring for her family as well as she can. It’s not surprising that many moms don’t notice certain illnesses or symptoms, or don’t take them seriously. In fact, most moms are so busy running errands and kissing booboos, that they don’t even know when they are feeling badly. Although some symptoms may seem like they aren’t a big deal, they can be a sign that something worse is about to rear its ugly head. So many diseases and severe health problems start with simple symptoms, that it’s not okay or safe to ignore them. Yet, many women do it on a regular basis.
Breaking the habit of ignoring certain symptoms that seem common or normal isn’t easy, but it could be life saving. Moms need to be around to take care of their families and if they are sick or injured, they can’t do it properly. Besides, just because a woman is a mom, doesn't mean she doesn’t deserve to take care of herself. Sometimes a simple checkup can make a big difference and help make a healthier and happier mom. Don’t make a habit out of ignoring health problems and watch out for these 20 serious mommy symptoms that always get overlooked. Do yourself and your family a favor and talk to a doctor before things get worse.
20 Post Partum Depression
Postpartum Depression is a serious disorder that is sometimes hard to diagnose. When a woman has a child, her hormones change quickly and this can cause a lot of emotions to come out and a lot of mood swings. Many women feel overwhelming anxiety or sadness also. If these feelings last for longer than a couple weeks, it could be a sign of postpartum depression and the woman may require medication. New mothers are often so busy that they don't even realize that they are suffering. It’s hard for friends and family members to notice the changes too. Many women suffer for years until finally asking for help. Some are too embarrassed to ask for help, but celebrities like Chrissy Teigen are trying to raise awareness of the problem in hope that more women will seek the medical attention they need. Postpartum depression is very real and nothing to be ashamed of. If you are feeling sad, anxious, nervous or experiencing other changes in your mood, talk to a doctor immediately.
19 Severe Exhaustion
Fatigue is a common symptom that many moms experience. Most moms have full schedules so they get used to feeling run down and tired all the time. But unwarranted sleepiness isn’t a good sign. In fact, fatigue can be a sign of many serious health problems. They can range from anemia to cancer or even pregnancy. Overwhelming fatigue or fatigue that doesn’t go away with a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet, could be a real problem. Yes, it’s normal to be tired as a mother, but not so tired that it prevents you from enjoying life or interferes with your daily schedule. So get some rest mom and if you don’t feel any better, make an appointment with your doctor.
18 Nausea And Stomach Pain
Nausea and stomach pain can be a simple issues or a symptom of a big problem. You can feel nauseas after eating something or even due to anxiety or a stomach flu. Unfortunately, you can also feel nauseous if you have more serious health problems such as an ulcer, stomach cancer, irritable bowel syndrome or if you are pregnant. If you have recently delivered, stomach pain and nausea could be a sign of a serious infection. If you are feeling nauseas for more than a few days or if you are feeling nauseous for no reason, it’s time to see a doctor. At the very least, your doctor can give you an anti-nausea pill and rule out any serious problems. Let’s face it, moms don’t have time to be sick, even if it is just a stomach ache. Don’t ignore nausea and stomach pain or convince yourself that it’s normal to feel that way.
17 Severe Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can be debilitating. A lot of women have painful periods, but abdominal pain can mean something else too. Anytime you experience abdominal pain for more than a day, you should see a doctor. You could have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, a tubal pregnancy, intestinal blockages, a hernia or numerous other things. There are a lot of organs in your abdomen and it’s sometimes hard to determine the source of the pain. A doctor can help you find the reason you are having pain and help treat the pain and the problem. Don’t wait for it to go away on its own, because it may not. Don’t let abdominal pain stop you from being the best mom you can be and don’t ignore it.
16 Frequent Urination
A lot of mommies experience pee problems after giving birth. Let's just say that the body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy and after having a baby and it kind of changes things downstairs. It’s common to have to pee more urgently than before pregnancy or birth, but if using the bathroom becomes painful, it could be a sign that someone else is going on below the belt. Urinary tract infections are common but can be very painful and if they are left untreated they can lead to serious bladder and kidney infections. You don’t want to find yourself in the hospital over something that could have been easily fixed if it wasn’t ignored for so long. So the moment things start to feel uncomfortable down there, be sure to address it right away. The last thing you want is a post-pregnancy infection to deal with.
A lot of moms are so busy that they don’t know if they are coming or going half of the time. Most aren’t surprised when they feel a little dizzy during the day. While dizziness may not seem like a big deal, it could be a symptom of one and it shouldn’t be ignored. There are many health problems and issues that could cause dizziness. You may be suffering from an inner ear infection, vertigo, high or low blood pressure, low iron or even the flu. A lot of women brush dizziness off and ignore it until they experience other symptoms and start to feel worse. If you are experiencing dizziness often or if it has become so severe that you can’t carry on with your normal daily activities, it’s time to see a doctor.
Part of being a woman is vaginal bleeding and moms knows that all too well. When is it too much though? It’s pretty normal to bleed for a few days after giving birth and some women have messed up periods for a while after. If bleeding lasts more than a couple weeks after birth, appears to be heavy or has extra large clots, you should call your doctor. Even if you haven’t recently given birth, you should still be aware of your period and any problems. While it can be difficult for your body to go back to normal settings, it shouldn't take too long. It's important to always get a yearly pap smear and gynecological exam and don’t be afraid to ask questions or talk to your doctor about your concerns. You know your body and what’s normal. Don’t ignore irregular bleeding.
13 Excessive Thirst
Too many moms don’t take time to make sure they are healthy or listen to their bodies to know if something is wrong. Who has time to sit down and drink a glass of water when you are changing diapers, answering phones, working a full-time job and making dinner? But none of that can get done if Mom is not taking care of herself first. A lot of women also don’t realize that they are suffering from extreme thirst because they are thirsty so often it just seems normal. Extreme thirst or an insatiable thirst is a sign that something in your body isn’t right. It can be a sign of dehydration or diabetes, and it is never good. If you find that you can’t get enough to drink and it goes on for more than a day, get to the doctor quickly.
12 Painful Bedroom Time
Problems in the bedroom are never good, especially if intercourse is painful. New moms may experience some pain the first few times after giving birth, and it's pretty normal. But if that pain persists, something is wrong. There are a lot of things that could make intercourse painful and some are more serious than other. It is a good idea to talk to a doctor or gynecologist to determine the cause of the pain and find the best way to deal with it. It might also be a good idea to keep an open line of communication regarding this with your partner. A lot of women ignore this type of pain or don’t think of it until they are being intimate again. It’s not normal to feel pain during intercourse on a regular basis. Make yourself and your partner feel better and get it checked out.
11 Shortness Of Breath
Moms have it hard and if they find themselves trying to catch their breaths, most aren’t too surprised. But we're not talking figuratively here. If you notice that you are experiencing shortness of breath regularly or for no reason, you should see a doctor. Shortness of breath could mean a problem with your lungs or heart. It could also be a sign of stress, vitamin deficiency or blood and circulation problems. Moms tend to ignore simple problems like this because they happen when they are already busy. Don’t forget to take the time to stop and listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, let a doctor examine you to make sure you are healthy and find a way to make you feel better.
10 Mood Swings
It’s okay to admit that you get a little grumpy sometimes. Moms sacrifice a lot of sleep, free time and sometimes even meals. When you are giving up so much, you are bound to be a little moody sometimes. It’s normal to have a change in mood occasionally, but if you are experiencing recurrent or severe mood swings, you may need to talk to a doctor. This can be a sign of a chemical or hormonal imbalance and the beginning of depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Of course, it could also just be simple exhaustion. Nobody wants to feel like they aren’t in control of their feelings or emotions and it can be scary to experience such a change in the way you feel so quickly. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor and get help.
9 Changing Moles
Most of the time a mole is nothing or worry about. A lot of people have at least one and some people have several. As a mom, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the changes your body is going through, but it is important to keep an eye on your moles. If you notice new moles popping up or see that a mole you have had for a while is starting to change shape or color, you should see a doctor or dermatologist. Skin cancer is sneaky and it can appear as a new spot on the skin or cause moles you already have to become odd-shaped. Only a doctor can tell if your moles are cancerous or even precancerous. If they are, they need to be removed before they can spread. Don’t forget to take care of yourself while you are taking care of everyone else.
8 Chest Pain
A lot of women will experience breast pain in their lives. Moms who are nursing and women who are pregnant may experience it more often and for good reason. Tenderness during menstruation or ovulation is somewhat normal as long as the pain isn’t severe or accompanied by other symptoms. It is not normal to experience breast pain often or regularly. Make sure you are getting an annual mammogram and remember to self check for lumps or painful spots. If you are experiencing pain or find a lump, go to the doctor as fast as you can. It could be a cyst or breast cancer. The sooner you receive care, the faster you will recover. Don’t trick yourself into believing that breast pain is normal.
7 Sharp Side Pain
Moms do a lot of heavy lifting so it’s common to experience some aches and pains. It’s important to know when it is okay to take some over the counter pain medicine and rest on the couch or make a trip to the emergency room. Severe side pain is one of those times when you should go to the ER. Even if the pain came on quickly, it could be something as serious as an inflamed appendix. If your appendix bursts, you could die. Many people ignore severe pain in their right side thinking it will just go away. Don’t make this mistake. Your life could be at stake. Make sure you see a doctor if you have severe pain in your side or anywhere on your body.
6 Swollen Ankles
Most moms are all too familiar with swollen ankles. Anyone who has been pregnant has probably dealt with them. We usually think that once the pregnancy is over, the swelling goes down and life goes on. That isn’t always the case. A lot of moms experience swollen ankles, but don’t think anything of it. They assume they are swollen because they are on their feet so much. Swollen ankles should not be ignored. They can be caused by numerous things like high blood pressure, gout and kidney problems. Talk to your doctor if you notice your ankles are swelling throughout the day. Don’t wait until you start to feel bad or ignore the problem. You don’t have time to sit down and prop your feet up anyway, you’re a mom.
5 Reoccurring Headaches
With the crying and fighting and all the standing on your head that you do as a mom, you are bound to have a few headaches now and then. So what is an acceptable amount of headaches and what do you do if you are having more than normal? The first thing to do is see a doctor. Don’t ignore your headaches just because you get them often. You shouldn’t have to live in pain and your headaches could actually be a sign of other health problems. Your doctor can help you find a way to deal with the pain and even stop it, but not if you ignore your symptoms. Get help so you can stop the pain and enjoy time with your family.
4 Sudden Weight Loss
A lot of moms gain weight during or after pregnancy and are happy to see the weight come off. If that weight comes off too fast, you may want to be concerned about your health. Sudden and extreme weight loss can be a sign that something is wrong. You may be having digestive issues, stomach problems or your body may not be absorbing enough nutrients. This can lead to other problems and can result in hospitalization. No mama has time for that. It’s okay to celebrate some weight loss, but if you are losing weight faster than you should, don’t ignore it. Talk to a doctor to make sure your weight loss is due to hard work and not a health problem.
3 Swollen Glands
Swollen glands are always a sign that your body is fighting something. You may feel sick or you may feel perfectly fine when your glands are swollen. A lot of people don’t even mean to ignore this symptom, they just simply don’t notice it. There are glands located all over your body, but the ones that are easiest to find are in your neck and under your arms. They may feel like lumps or balls under the skin or they may just be tender to touch. If your glands are swollen you should see a doctor, whether you feel sick or not. It could be something minor like a cold or something for serious like an infection. Your doctor will be able to determine the severity of it.
2 Back Pain
Moms do a lot of lifting in a day. Packing baby carriers and toddlers, carrying laundry baskets and diaper bags, it’s no wonder many of them are able to ignore back pain. When your back hurts every day, you tend to forget about it. That’s not the right thing to do though. Back pain can go away on its own if its something simple, but sometimes it hard to tell if you just pulled a muscle or have a slipped disc. One may get better with more movement and another may require rest. It is important to let a doctor determine what is causing your back pain so you know how to treat it. Back pain shouldn’t be a normal part of your life.
Moms are anything but weak and they do so much that you wouldn’t think it would be easy to ignore muscle weakness or a lack of energy. Extreme weakness can be a sign of anemia, low blood pressure, vitamin deficiencies and depression. Your doctor may be able to recommend a simple fix like a better diet, more water or a daily vitamin. If it’s something severe, you may need to be on medication or even have surgery. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and make your life harder. Feeling weak and tired isn’t something you should be ashamed of or ignore. Let your doctor know so he or she can help you. You are already an emotionally strong mom, now make sure you are physically able to keep up with the demands of mom life.