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Unusual Pregnancy Complaints

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.