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We often hear of the common problems. How pregnant women suffer from immense lethargy, a throbbing lower back, swollen ankles, the hassles of waking up in the wee hours of the morning only to spend half an hour or more with their hair tied back and head hovering over the toilet bowl as they belch out the remains of last night’s dinner. We are here today to cover the unusual symptoms one has encountered whilst being pregnant and how annoying it was for them as it was to endure everything else.
Changes In Taste Buds – apart from having your senses incredibly heightened during your period of pregnancy, the changing of taste buds is an unusual but common occurrence. They coin this term as Dysgeusia. As this is likely caused by pregnancy hormones, be prepared for the change to come. What you seemed to hate from before might end up being your favourite food and vice versa. Sometimes, you will get an iron-esque or sour taste in your mouth even when you’re not eating anything. To curb this annoying change, one can eat what they’re craving, brush your tongue along with your teeth, and rinse with a mild salt or baking soda solution and try changing your prenatal vitamin as some may cause you to have an iron-esque taste in your mouth as compared to others. There’s nothing much to worry about as this usually occurs within the first-trimester. It’ll be back to normal in no time.
Pain Around Belly Button – although not felt by many, there are women who seem to get this and it can be intense. There’s no reason for this pain however, it is normally due to the changes your body is experiencing. As the uterus is expanding, some also noticed the change of their belly button. From an ‘innie’ to an ‘outie’. This pain may come and go throughout your pregnancy but not to worry. It’ll slowly go away after you give birth. What you can also do is to try to take the pressure off your belly by sleeping on your side and use a support belt.
Postpartum Hair Loss – many women have experienced this and not felt comfortable talking about it. Fret not, although unusual, you won’t be going bald. This is known as telogen effluvium. As hair is in a growing phase at any point of time, during pregnancy, the increased estrogen levels prolongs the growing process. Meaning to say fewer hairs will be growing at the same spot thus, making the ones that are resting to fall out quite easily. As with the belly button pain, once your hormone levels return to normal, everything will be as it was. There are a few healthy tips we recommend whilst this is happening. Be gentle, avoid products that will damage your hair further like blow dryers, curling and flat irons or hairstyles that will add stress to your hair roots. Remember to eat healthy. Also, if the hair loss is getting worrying, nothing a trip down to your doctors won’t help.
Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. As we know, everyone goes through a different process of pregnancy. Some go through it with ease others, not really. With your body going through a massive series of changes within this 9 months it is only viable for you to be self-aware and understand whether what you’re going through is as normal as the sun rising from the east. We have decided to help all you pregnant mommies out by giving you a heads up! Bear in mind, we are not here to scare you; we are here to ensure what you’re going through has been dealt with by many preggy mommies. So, take a deep breath in and know that it is always crucial to know which symptoms warrant a visit to the doctors’ and which of it are normal.
Spotting And Bleeding–We know what you might be thinking. How is it possible to have any signs of blood whilst being pregnant? Well, first thing you’ve to know is whenever any sign of blood is noticed, you have to find the source of it. Do take note that during the first 8 weeks of a pregnancy, spotting is usually a normal occurrence which means that the embryo is implanting in the uterus. However, this bleeding could also be from a vaginal tear if you recently had sex or a cervical infection, both of which that isn’t harmful to your pregnancy. BUT if the spotting is followed by pain, it is advisable to ring up your doctor and follow up with an appointment.
Contractions–The biggest worry amongst first time mommies. Unlike labour contractions, pregnancy contractions are usually painless and irregular. Highly likely to occur during the third trimester, it can be present during the second trimester as well. Do take note that dehydration can also cause you to feel them. Always remember to hydrate yourself, mommies!!
Depression–Studies done by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have shown that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from depression. If you have depression now, your chances of post-partum depression can be higher. Although it is perfectly normal to be going through this, it’s advisable to speak to someone about it. Mental health above all else, ladies!
Vaginal Discharge–It is perfectly normal to have an increase in clear discharge during pregnancy. However, if it is followed by blood, pain or pressure, do consult a professional. Always better to be safe than sorry.
Shortness of Breath–With, the increase of progesterone and your pregnant belly growing at a rapid speed, this is completely normal!
Headaches and swelling are completely normal symptoms to be facing during pregnancy too. However, if you’re concerned about anything, always remember your doctors are always there to help guide you through this journey. Remember mommies, always trust your gut. Or in this case, ALWAYS trust the little cutie in your belly!