The great thing about being pregnant in 2019 is all of our resources. Not only do we have our health professionals guiding us in the right direction every day (who should be listened to, by the way), but we also have the Internet and the advice of our friends and family. Newly pregnant women learn so much from these wonderful outlets.
As with all things, though, pregnancy is different for every woman. One may have skipped the whole morning sickness thing while someone else had heartburn throughout the whole nine months. Just because it happened to one woman doesn't mean it'll happen to you and vice versa. And since pregnancy is bound to stir up some questions, we mustered up 10 things that can happen in pregnancy that may feel totally weird but can be totally normal. And as always, refer back to your doctor if anything concerns you throughout your pregnancy.
10 GET COMFORTABLE WITH CONSTIPATION
Whether you're pregnant or not, constipation sucks. There's just no getting around it. According to American Pregnancy, pregnant women are more likely to become constipated because of the "hormones that relax the intestinal muscle and by the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines."
To avoid being constipated during pregnancy women should drink a lot of water, eat foods with fiber in it (fruits and veggies), and stay active. In some cases, relaxing a bit on taking iron supplements is a good idea as some can make you constipated.
9 YOUR ABDOMINALS WILL ACHE (BUT YOUR BABY IS SAFE)
Many women become upset when their belly begins to ache or throbs with pain. With a baby inside, the worst thoughts imaginable come rushing to mama's head. Rest assured though, a woman experiencing abdominal pain while pregnant is pretty common.
American Pregnancy explains Round Ligament Pain is a large factor in feeling those aches. As the woman's belly (and uterus) grows, ligaments are being pulled and stretched, creating more pain for mom when she shifts her body. If any pain persists, contact your doctor immediately.
8 THAT BURNING SENSATION IN YOUR CHEST
Ah, the dreaded heartburn! You don't need to be pregnant to get heartburn but some women experience it more while pregnant with their little babe.
Similar to how a woman becomes constipated during pregnancy, Kids Health explains heartburn begins the same way. Due to the hormone changes, a woman's esophagus relaxes which allows more of that icky acid from the stomach travel up. This will result in a burning sensation in the woman's chest and throat.
7 TEETH & GUM ISSUES
As if teeth and gums weren't annoying enough, they may become even more of a pest during pregnancy. Some women noticed their gums began to bleed during pregnancy and their teeth hurt more than usual.
Due to a woman's ever-changing hormones, her gums become more susceptible to the bacterias hiding in plaque, according to Baby Center. This can make a pregnant woman's gums inflamed. In more severe cases, a pregnant woman can be diagnosed with pregnancy gingivitis
6 HEMORRHOIDS ARE A REAL PAIN IN THE BUM
Even if you've never had hemorrhoids in your life before kids, you may get them for the first time while pregnant. During the third trimester, there's so much weight and pressure being put on a woman's lower half that hemorrhoids can form.
Being swollen veins in a person's bum, they can be painful... even causing itching or bleeding (especially when a woman's trying to go to the bathroom). Everyday Health reminds us that even though hemorrhoids are painful and irritable, it's par for the course with pregnancy; although these can be ignored if a woman does her best to not be constipated.
5 THOSE FEET DON'T JUST ACHE, THEY'RE SWELLING
Does everyone remember the epic photo Jessica Simpson took of her feet while she pregnant with her last baby? They were so swollen they were practically bruised. It looked like they could pop any minute! Swelling is typical in pregnancy, of course. A woman's face and lips will also swell, but women notice their feet the most since they're the ones carrying that belly around.
Kids Health says we can thank the extra fluid our body is making to protect the baby can swell to the feet and ankles, making it very uncomfortable to get around. Looks like it's time to get new shoes!
4 YOUR DISCHARGE MAY INCREASE
Discharge for a woman is completely natural. It's a small message from our body letting us know everything is working the way it should be. Discharge can also be a small warning sign as well.
When a woman is pregnant, though, discharge can actually increase (which we all know isn't always the most comfortable). We can all thank our hormones and increase of blood supply for the discharge, so to feel more comfortable, try wearing cotton undies and avoiding tight pants.
3 PEEING YOUR PANTS IS JUST PART OF THE GIG
We've seen it in just about every TV show or movie that stars a pregnant starlet: the urge to pee is strong. The Cleveland Clinic notes the baby puts so much pressure on a woman's bladder that she'll have to pee more frequently, but she'll also pee her pants a little bit when she sneezes or laughs too hard.
Some women will wear adult diapers around their third trimester just to eliminate the possibility of wetting their pants.
2 THOSE LEGS WON'T STOP ITCHING
Becoming itchy sounds like an odd side-effect of being pregnant, but it's definitely normal.
One soon-to-be-mama told Parents that her skin became super dry once she became pregnant. According to her, "pregnancy hormones dried out" her skin around her legs, chest, and growing stomach. Once a woman delivers her baby and her hormones try to get back to normal, a woman's skin should go back to its normal texture.
1 A NOSE THAT KEEPS RUNNING
Have you ever heard of rhinitis? Also known as "the pregnancy drip," rhinitis is the combination of a stuffy and runny nose. While it sometimes attacks a woman in the first trimester, Healthline notes it's more common in the third trimester, even a few days after giving birth.
It's hard to pinpoint what causes rhinitis but with the increase of hormones and blood flow, it seems to be the reason why a woman's nose is on the fritz while pregnant.