10 Weird Things That Happen to Your Body During Pregnancy
September 20, 2015
Growing a baby is something truly extraordinary. Feeling the baby kick and hearing the baby’s heartbeat are unforgettable experiences. But along with pregnancy bliss also come symptoms that we can only define as, well, weird. Read on for 10 side effects of pregnancy that you may not expect:
Painful cramping in your belly and bloating will make you want to release the pressure often throughout the day. This is due to your intestines being extra slow with all the changes your body is going through. If you are extra gassy during pregnancy, try avoiding foods that may cause constipation like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and carbonated drinks.
Jumping jacks, laughing, and even sneezing may cause you to leak. Yep, leak. Let’s just blame it on the baby that is resting right on your bladder, k? Try wearing thin maxi-pads and exercising your pelvic floor (kegels!) to help preventing leaking each time you sneeze or laugh.
Along with leaking, you may also have pail, white, or yellow discharge in your underwear due to increased hormones and vaginal blood flow. If the discharge ever becomes bloody, smelly, itches, or burns, talk to your doctor. To help deal with this, again we recommend wearing thin maxi-pads and changing your underwear often.
4. Stuffy Nose
You may find yourself reaching for the tissues quite often during pregnancy. Increased hormones and blood production can cause mucous membranes to swell, dry, and even bleed in your nasal airways. To help with this symptom, use saline drops, run a humidifier and night, and drink plenty of water.
Feel like you always want the A/C on while your significant other is freezing cold? If you are sweating in places you never knew you could sweat, that is just another unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. All of that extra blood pumping through your body warms up your skin because excess sweat is a way for your body to cool off. Try dressing in layers and keep hydrated to help with all the perspiring you are going through.
Does your significant other tell you that you all of a sudden have started snoring while sleeping? This is a common side effect of that stuffy nose we just talked about. Try propping yourself up at night (may help your heartburn too!) and use saline drops to keep your nasal passages clear.
7. Nipple Changes
Finding that the areola area of your nipple is looking larger and darker? You may also find tiny bumps around the nipple itself and may even excrete fluid. As you may have guessed, some say this is nature’s way to get your body ready for nursing baby. Don’t worry, your areolas will shrink after baby comes.
8. Voice Changes
Have you woken up one morning and feel like your voice has dropped an octave? A lower voice or a raspy voice is another weird pregnancy symptom. This change is another side effect, from, yep, hormones. Don’t worry- after your baby arrives, your voice should go back to normal.
9. Runny Nose
Find that you have a runny nose that won’t go away while pregnant? If this symptom lasts longer than 6 weeks, you could have pregnancy rhinitis. This is when your nasal passageways become irritated and inflamed during pregnancy. As a result, you experience nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. Keeping yourself hydrated and sleeping with your head propped up may help deal with this condition.
10. Bloody Gums
Are you brushing your teeth and finding blood on your toothbrush? This, too, is another side effect of pregnancy. Of course you’ll need to keep brushing your teeth, so try using warm water while brushing and switch to a soft toothbrush. This happens because all the hormone changes your body is going through requires extra blood flow that can even be found in your gums and oral cavity.
Did you have any pregnancy symptoms you were surprised by?
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