Apart from the usual changes and expected side effects of pregnancy such as morning sickness, swollen feet, weird appetite, leaking breasts, etc, there are other side effects that leave pregnant women confused. Being pregnant is more than just your body going through changes, but your entire life going through changes. For almost a year of your life, your actions and inaction is dictated by the tiny life growing in your inside. You may revel in that thought or it may be your worst nightmare – and that’s okay. Because the truth is that pregnancy is not always fun, but it’s always worth it. Here are some side effects we are not too familiar with so you are not caught unawares when it happens:
Some women get hemorrhoids for the first time while they’re pregnant. Hemorrhoids are blood vessels in the rectal area that have become unusually swollen. They can be merely itchy or downright painful, and sometimes they even cause rectal bleeding, especially during a bowel movement.
2. Incessant Farting
Farting and incessantly breaking the wind is unfortunately one of the quite uncommon side effects that happens during pregnancy. If you find this to be your lot, it happens because you have an increase of the hormone progesterone which can cause digestive problems. They can continue later into pregnancy when your baby is taking up most of the room in your abdomen.
3. Swollen Extremities (edema)
It’s normal to have a certain amount of swelling during pregnancy because you’re retaining more water. Changes in your blood chemistry also cause some fluid to shift into your tissue. But sometimes swelling can signal a dangerous pregnancy complication such as Preeclampsia. So whenever you notice that you are swelling in any area, contact your doctor immediately. Remember that what is normal for another person may not be normal for you.
4. Itching Abdomen
This is something that is another ‘normal’ occurrence that may be strange for most women. If the itching on your belly refuses to stop no matter how hard you try, then relax because it is absolutely normal. This happens because as your bump grows, the skin is stretched, leaving your skin moisture deprived. Instead of scratching endlessly or rushing off to see a doctor, try putting on/rubbing a moisturizer on the skin. You can also place ice on you stomach. However, if it persists, consult your doctor.
5. Protruding Navel
Don’t be scared if you notice that your navel is growing alongside your bump. For most women, this will be the case. As the swelling uterus pushes forward so the belly button pops forward. It should return to normal a few months after your baby has arrived.
6. Yeast Infections
There’s always a certain amount of yeast in your vagina. This yeast only becomes a problem when it grows so fast that it overwhelms other competing microorganisms. But during pregnancy, your higher level of estrogen makes it easier for yeast to grow.
7. Pregnancy Gingivitis
This is also called bleeding gums. You may experience bleeding from the mouth when you brush your teeth or floss due to tender gums. This is common during pregnancy. It is normal to have swollen gums because your hormone levels is changing. This which make your gums react more to the bacteria in plaque. You are not alone – it affects about half of pregnant women.
8. Frequent Urination
Hormonal changes cause blood to flow more quickly to your kidneys, filling your bladder more often. And later, your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder. So, if you notice that you need to pee more often, it is probably one of the earliest and most common signs of pregnancy, and it probably will continue until delivery.
Pregnancy can cause the blood vessels in your nose to expand, and your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those delicate vessels, making them rupture more easily.
10. Vaginal Discharge
More vaginal discharge? You’re not imagining it. What you’re noticing is probably leukorrhea – the odorless (or mild-smelling) milky discharge that you occasionally found in your underwear before you were pregnant. There’s just a lot more of it now, partly because of increased estrogen production and greater blood flow to the vaginal area.