Pregnancy is a time when the body undergoes several physiological changes due to hormonal imbalance. If you think that physical symptoms are only restricted to morning sickness and cravings in the middle of the night, be prepared for a surprise. There are many other strange symptoms that you may not know could come across your way during pregnancy. Following is a list of some other peculiar symptoms that occurs during pregnancy:
It is common for every expectant mother to complain about swollen feet and ankles. But for some women, the problem just gets a tad bit complex. The feet may expand, causing shoe sizes to go up by a few inches once the baby is born. This is because the body which releases a hormone called relaxin in preparation for childbirth which loosens the ligaments in the pelvic bones to give the baby ample room for the birth. At times, the hormone also affects joints in the feet, causing feet to flatten or go up in size. These changes are mostly temporary.
Numb, tingling sensation in hands are another common problems among some would-be mothers. The symptoms are similar to carpel tunnel syndrome and this is because the body swells sometimes due to fluid retention. This can pressure the nerves in the hands and wrists, causing them to tingle in response.
Levels of progesterone and estrogen fluctuate when you’re expecting. Your blood flow increases as you move along the pregnancy. This can cause swelling in different parts of the body including gums, causing them to become engorged with blood, become tender and it also bleeds when you brush or remove floss. And if there is significant bleeding when you ain’t brushing then you must consult a dentist.
This could point to underlying issues like gingivitis, gum inflammation as well as periodontitis (a severe gum infection that also affects ligaments and bone) which could increase the risk of preterm labour, low birthweight, tooth loss, stroke among other issues. To avoid any complications, it is best you get your teeth cleaned by your dentist twice during the term and maintain good oral hygiene at home. Thankfully, these dental problems disappear quickly once the baby is born.
Problems with the nasal passage:
Swelling in nose means that your nasal lining also got affected. Nasal congestion, bleeding and snoring may result as a consequence of this swelling because it reduces the area for the air to move through your nose. Nasal saline drops can help alleviate some of the discomforts or you can use a humidifier if you find that your nose is feeling too dry. Inhaling steam in the shower is another remedy. These issues resolve themselves as soon as the baby is born.
During pregnancy, the progesterone levels rise in the body, and the hormone slows down the passage of food from the stomach to the intestines, causing constipation. Prenatal vitamins that are prescribed to every expectant mother can lead to absorbing higher amounts of water in the body, further making it difficult to pass stools. Switching to prenatal vitamins that do not contain iron for a while can help with the issue. Staying hydrated and having fibre-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will also help. And the counter fibre supplements that hold water in the intestine are also worth a try. Stay away from laxatives because a quick-fix solution may cause dehydration and affect the absorption of nutrients.
By 20 weeks, the blood volume of an expectant mother increases by 50 percent of the total. This is because the baby is growing rapidly and needs all that extra blood to deliver additional oxygen and nutrients. This increase in blood volume can affect your veins, causing problems like spider veins. It also cause varicose veins in legs and feet. These can be painful and cause swelling, so rest your feet up as much as you can to alleviate the pain.
If the problem is severe, special support hose or bandage wraps can help. Some women may also complain of hemorrhoids, which causes swelling and protrusion of tissue around the anus. Increased pressure on veins in the lower half of the body along with the baby’s weight are prime reasons. Topical cream, medicated pads, and warm baths may help to manage the inflammation and pain. These issues usually improve to a great extent once the baby is born, but may not get resolved completely.
A surge in hormones during pregnancy causes acne, sensitivity to the sun. Skin darkening is also common, especially the areola, patches on the face and a line that appears all the way down the center of the belly called linea nigra. Skin tags (small skin overgrowth) in areas where the skin chafes against skin or clothing like neckline, underarms and around the breasts can also crop up when you’re carrying. And try to apply a good sunscreen before going out in the sun and it will surely help.