12 icky pregnancy side effects

12 icky pregnancy side effects

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Pregnancy is a beautiful thing – but some of the side effects can be icky, embarrassing, and downright annoying. We're talking about excessive or unexpected bodily fluids, itching, swelling, gas, and ... ahem ... backed-up plumbing.

These often come with the territory when you're growing a brand-new person. But if icky pregnancy side effects are becoming bothersome, click the links to our articles below. You'll find coping strategies and advice on when to ask your caregiver for help – as well as information on when seemingly harmless conditions may indicate a pregnancy problem.

And for more help dealing with some of the common complaints of pregnancy – forgetfulness, sore breasts, leg cramps, and more – browse our articles on pregnancy symptoms and discomforts.

1. Morning sickness

Most pregnant women suffer from nausea, vomiting, or both during their first trimester. Symptoms are usually worst in the morning, but they can continue all day long. Nausea often eases significantly by about 14 weeks, but for a few women it can last until delivery.
No one knows for sure what causes nausea during pregnancy, but it might be due to hormones, an enhanced sense of smell and sensitivity to odors, or a sensitive stomach.

Find out more about morning sickness during pregnancy.

2. Frequent urination

Even before you knew you were pregnant, you might have noticed you need to pee more often. It’s one of the earliest and most common signs of pregnancy, and it probably will continue until delivery.
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.

Find out more about frequent urination during pregnancy.

3. 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.

Find out more about vaginal discharge during pregnancy.

4. Gas and bloating

Don't be surprised if you find yourself belching like a teenage boy, having to unbutton your pants to relieve bloating, or blaming your dog for all the gas you're passing.

Why does this happen? During pregnancy you have much higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows down your digestive processes, which can lead to gas, bloating, burping, and flatulence, and generally creates an uproar in your gut, especially after a big meal. It also can contribute to heartburn.

Find out more about gas and bloating during pregnancy.

5. Bleeding gums

During pregnancy it's common to have swollen, tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush. They're also caused by changing hormone levels, which make your gums react more to the bacteria in plaque. This so-called pregnancy gingivitis affects about half of pregnant women.

Find out more about bleeding gums during pregnancy.

6. Constipation

If it's any consolation, constipation affects many pregnant women. One culprit is an increase in – you guessed it – the hormone progesterone, which slows the movement of food through your digestive tract. And the problem may be compounded later in pregnancy by the pressure of your growing uterus on your rectum.

Find out more about constipation during pregnancy.

7. Excessive salivation

Some women feel as though they're salivating more than usual during pregnancy, especially when they're nauseated. A small number of women have so much saliva they end up occasionally needing to spit.

Find out more about excessive salivation during pregnancy.

8. Hemorrhoids

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.

Some women get hemorrhoids for the first time while they're pregnant – and if you've had them before pregnancy, you're quite likely to have them again now.

Find out more about hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

9. Itchy skin

It's not uncommon to feel itchy, particularly as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing belly and breasts. You may also find that conditions that normally make you want to scratch – dry skin, eczema, food allergies – affect you even more now. However, severe itching can indicate a pregnancy problem.

Find out more about itchy skin during pregnancy.

10. Nosebleeds

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.

Find out more about nosebleeds during pregnancy.

11. 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.

Find out more about swollen extremities (edema) during pregnancy.

12. 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.

Find out more about yeast infections during pregnancy.

Watch the video: Making Love during Pregnancy Hindi. By Gynaecologist Gupta (June 2022).


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