Most moms-to-be are acutely aware of the bigger pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness is one example. The truth is that there are a host of lesser-known symptoms that women may not be aware of. They may not even pay attention to them while they are happening.
To help moms-to-be enjoy happy and healthy pregnancies, we've made sure that this list is filled with factual information about the 20 pregnancy symptoms moms don't pay attention to (but should). Once expectant moms learn about these symptoms, they'll be able to give these symptoms the attention that they deserve.
When it comes to pregnancy, knowledge is power. Learning about these lesser-known pregnancy symptoms is the key to finding the right treatment options. It's all about feeling good during pregnancy and growing a healthy baby. This is why expectant moms should read every entry on the list.
From varicose veins to stuffy noses to dizziness and beyond, there are so many lesser-known pregnancy symptoms that women may ignore. Ignoring them is a bad idea. These symptoms require care — even if it's self-care. Also, it's empowering for pregnant women to know this stuff. Women who are expecting need to know what's happening with their bodies.
Read on to get the inside scoop on a bunch of pregnancy symptoms that some women ignore. This list is jam-packed with valuable information.
20 Varicose Veins May Go Unnoticed
Varicose veins are purple or blueish and they usually appear on the legs. But why? Well, during pregnancy, the uterus grows. When it does, a big vein on the body's right side is subject to more pressure than usual. Pressure on this big vein places more pressure on the veins in the legs.
Another trigger is the fact that a hormone, progesterone, is produced in greater quantities during pregnancy. This hormone relaxes vessel walls.
One great quick fix for varicose veins is wearing maternity compression socks/stockings. They should be specially designed for pregnant women, according to Healthline.com.
19 I Can't Breathe!
It's fairly easy to ignore a stuffy nose if it's not too stuffy. But should you ignore it during pregnancy? Well, no you shouldn't. Why be uncomfortable when you can take action?
Thirty percent of women deal with this lesser-known pregnancy symptom, according to Beautysight.org. Usually, stuffy noses strike during trimesters one and three. While pregnant women get the flu and colds, just like everyone else; it's often estrogen that causes the problem. It makes nasal passages dry and swollen.
To care for a stuffy nose and feel better fast, drink lots of fluids and use saline nasal sprays. If these quick fixes don't help enough, go see your doctor.
18 Why Does My Mouth Taste Like A Penny?
This strange sensation is known as Dysgeusia, according to Whattoexpect.com. This sensation can be described as the kind of taste you'd have in your mouth if you put pennies in your mouth. Some women experience more of a sour taste than a metallic taste. Every expectant mom is different.
So, why does it happen? Well, it's about hormone shifts. These shifts trigger so many major and minor pregnancy symptoms. Hormone fluctuations do have the power to change taste perception in pregnant women. Dysgeusia is very common but often ignored.
What to do about it?
Drinking citrus juices should be beneficial. Eating a pickle may help. Rinsing your mouth with salt water after brushing should also help.
17 Women May Produce More Saliva
Extra saliva is just another exciting fringe benefit of being pregnant. So many things happen to the pregnant body. It's hard to keep track of them all. That's why women may be oblivious to the fact that they are making more saliva than usual.
According to Whattoexpect.com, extra saliva often makes morning sickness even more unpleasant! This particular symptom (mucho saliva) is actually more common in women with very bad morning sickness. If you have severe morning sickness, you need medical attention. Swallowing more often may help to lower saliva production a bit. Try that, but don't hesitate to talk to a doc.
16 Do I Need Glasses?
Pregnant women do notice vision problems sometimes. There are pregnant women who brush aside vision changes, probably because they have their hands full with other concerns. If you do notice changes to your vision during pregnancy, you should pay attention to the issue. Don't brush it aside!
According to Parentinghealthybabies.com, poorer vision during pregnancy may indicate that a pregnant woman has preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition that should never be ignored. It's a serious pregnancy complication.
Talk to your doctor as soon as pregnancy vision problems surface. Never ignore this symptom. If it's not a sign of preeclampsia, that's good news, but you should rule out preeclampsia.
15 Don't Ignore Those Inflamed Gums
Your gums may change a bit, for the worse, while you are expecting. According to Healthline.com, good old hormonal shifts are to blame. What a surprise! If you do notice changes to gum health, such as tears or swelling, while expecting, you should do something about it.
This is an often-ignored symptom that should never be ignored because the risk of a pre-term birth goes up when a mom-to-be has pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease).
Make oral care a priority during pregnancy. Schedule a cleaning at the dentist. Take good care of your teeth and gums at home, by brushing regularly and flossing. If your gums hurt, consider switching to a softer toothbrush.
14 Don't Wish For Constipation To Go Away
Pregnant women are busy. Many have jobs. Few have a lot of time to rest and pay really close attention to their bodies. Even those who have low-stress schedules may not notice that they are constipated.
According to Todaysparent.com, this symptom is all too common and it's triggered by... hormone shifts! The hormone progesterone becomes more prevalent and it makes the digestive system run at a slower pace. Constipation follows. For some pregnant women, it may be mild and easily ignored. For others, it becomes worse and then creates serious discomfort.
To fight back, drink at least 10 glasses of water per day. Eat meals and snacks that contain lots of healthy fiber.
13 Intense Bad Dreams Aren't Uncommon
According to Pregnancy-baby-care.com, intense bad dreams are something that a lot of women have during their first trimesters. Hormone shifts play a role and so do other variables, such as the fact that women in their first trimesters tend to experience a decrease in sleep quality.
Pregnant women may get as much sleep as before, but find that their sleep isn't as deep and healing as it used to be. This sets the stage for bad dreams. Pregnancy worries may also be stored away subconsciously and then surface in dreams.
To banish bad dreams, avoid eating shortly before bed. Make sure to avoid blue light from monitors for at least 60 minutes before bedtime.
12 Dizziness Should Never Be Dismissed
Healthline.com reports that hormone shifts trigger feelings of dizziness in some pregnant women and that these dizzy sensations are usually the strongest during the first trimester. It's also possible (but less common) to experience dizziness during the second trimester. We don't really need to explain why dizziness is a hazard. It may cause fainting. Falling while pregnant isn't recommended, so what can you do?
Don't skip meals. Eat smaller meals more often. This will ensure that you aren't lacking nutrients which will help you to avoid dizziness. Also, take your time standing up or sitting down. Don't rush these movements.
11 It's Getting Warm In Here!
You may feel warmer all over during pregnancy. Pregnancy can turn up the heat! You may not know that higher basal body temperature is actually a signal of pregnancy, according to Healthline.com.
If you find that you feel warmer, you may brush it off, but you shouldn't. It's important to listen to your body. Wear lighter clothing, drink plenty of cool water and turn down the heat at home. Adjust your lifestyle to suit a slightly higher basal temperature.
Your temp should not exceed 100 degrees. Use a digital thermometer to track your temperature. Go see your doctor if you go over 100 degrees.
10 Are Your Headaches Giving You A Headache?
You deserve a pregnancy that is free of nagging headaches. Unfortunately, headaches are commonplace during the gestation period. According to Healthline.com, hormone fluctuations frequently trigger headaches. The milder ones may be annoying, but fairly easy to overlook. Moderate or severe headaches may really cramp your style.
How to deal? Well, rest, proper nutrition and hydration go a long way. Another option is pregnancy-safe pain relievers, such as Tylenol. Tylenol will take care of the nagging pain. You shouldn't have Aspirin while you're expecting, though. If you're worried about taking the wrong meds, talk to your doctor about your headaches. He or she will recommend a very safe pain reliever.
9 Light Spotting Is Worth Paying Attention To
If you notice pink or brown stains in your undies while you're pregnant, light spotting is the issue. Red stains are not spotting. The good news is that spotting is common and quite normal during pregnancy. Up to a quarter of pregnant women experience light spotting. The majority have pregnancies without complications, and then healthy babies, according to Whattoexpect.com.
Tampons are safe ways to deal with light spotting, but you may not feel like using them while you're pregnant. Pads will be good choices. If your undie stains are red, rather than pink or brown, you should talk to your doctor. Don't wait to seek out medical advice.
8 Pregnant Women May Get More Flu Bugs
Being pregnant and getting sick is such a drag. There are fewer safe options for meds, although there are some. A lot of pregnant women decide to soldier on by putting their flu symptoms out of their minds. They shouldn't.
With so much going on in the body already, due to pregnancy, a woman needs to baby herself when she gets the flu. It's not a time to keep pushing with work, hobbies, and relationships. It's a time to take it easy as much as humanly possible.
According to Babycenter.com, women who are expecting have a higher likelihood of getting sick, because their immune systems aren't as strong as usual.
7 Welcome Heartburn With Open Arms
Bad heartburn is hard to ignore, but it is possible to ignore milder heartburn. Some pregnant women do ignore it. Over half of all pregnant women get heartburn, according to Webmd.com, and it's usually caused by (wait for it) hormone shifts.
Instead of pushing heartburn discomfort aside, why not try safe remedies? There is no reason to endure it, even if heartburn isn't severe. Prevent it by eating smaller amounts of food at each sitting (or while you're on the go). Eating at a slower pace will also help.
If you already have heartburn, Maalox and Tums are generally considered to be safe remedies. We recommend asking your doctor about these heartburn solutions before using them.
6 Mood Swings Can Be Mild Or Severe
Oh, the mood swings! As women, we are used to the highs and lows. The ups and downs triggered by our menstrual cycles prepare us for the mood swings that tend to accompany pregnancy. This is why women may ignore pregnancy mood swings, even when they do deserve attention and treatment.
According to Thebump.com, hormone shifts cause mood swings. You probably had that figured out already. Fatigue, and other pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, may also bring pregnant women down.
Exercise is probably the safest solution, but it should be low-impact. A 30-minute walk out of doors will clear your head and help you to access endorphins that elevate your mood the all-natural way.
5 Is That A Rash?
Pregnancy is a special time. Women are dealing with big symptoms and may ignore the smaller ones. Rashes aren't uncommon in pregnancy, but some moms-to-be may be too preoccupied to even notice.
Justmommies.com reports that there are an array of rashes which may occur during the three trimesters. One rash is called PUPPP and it may appear on the thighs, tummy, or bottom. It may affect the limbs, too. This rash is the one that women experience the most during pregnancy. PUPPP may be treated with corticosteroids or antihistamines. Always see your doctor before trying any treatment for PUPPP.
4 It May Change Color Down There
If a bump is sizable, a pregnant woman may have trouble seeing what's going on "down there". That's just one reason why a pregnant woman may not be alarmed by the fact that things have changed color "down there".
According to Parents.com, the downstairs area may turn purple. It may turn blue. Changes in the pregnant body, to do with the circulatory system, are the culprit. This symptom may give you anxiety if you do notice it. The best treatment is to do nothing. It's just something that happens to some women. If you're worried about it, make a note of it and discuss it with your doc, just to be on the safe side.
3 Shoes May Not Fit Well Anymore
Pregnancy means an ever-changing body. For some women, it means swelling that may make it hard for them to feel comfortable in their usual shoes. To combat pregnancy swelling, which Jessica Simpson got hit with during her most recent pregnancy, according to People.com, drink a lot of water. Chill on the salt. Exercise gently. Also, ditch the heels and wedges. Buy bigger shoes if you need to. You definitely deserve them. If the swelling is really out of hand, you should see your doctor right away.
If you can rest your feet while they are swollen, do so. Recline and put your feet up.
2 Snoring May Be Noticed By Partners
It's easy for a pregnant woman to ignore her own snoring. She's in dreamland while she's doing it. It's harder for a pregnant woman's bed partner to ignore it. Sure, some women snore, whether they are expecting or not. But the odds of snoring do increase during the three trimesters. According to Sleepeducation.org, extra tissue in the throat is the cause. This unwanted pregnancy symptom often strikes near the end of a pregnancy, when a woman is carrying a heavy unborn baby.
To reduce the risk of snoring, use a pillow to elevate your head as you doze. Sleeping on your side and using saline nasal sprays may also help.
1 Do I Really Sound Like That?
If you've always wanted a deeper voice, pregnancy may grant you your wish. Pregnant women have been known to develop deeper voices while they are expecting. This happened to Frozen star, Kristin Bell, according to Medicaldaily.com. She had to re-record some of her work on Frozen because her voice sounded different due to pregnancy. Vocal folds get heavier during pregnancy and this, along with hormones, causes some women's voices to change.
To deal with this, avoid straining your voice to get those higher notes. After pregnancy, things should return to normal.
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