All women dream about having a baby, and the day arrives when she is finally able to pee on a stick. The pregnancy test turns positive, and she can’t wait to share the news with the world. Once people know, they begin to fill your head with information. Stories about their experiences with morning sickness, when they first felt the baby move, their pregnancy cravings, and their detailed birth story are tossed at you left and right. Those stories fill you with hope and excitement of how your own nine month journey will turn out. However, there are certain things that pregnant women experience and do not talk about. It might be because it’s showing the unpleasant side of being pregnant. It might be because they are too embarrassed.
1. Increased Sex Drive.
Depending on how you look at it, one positive effect of pregnancy could be that your sex drive is fired up! It usually happens in your second trimester after morning sickness has passed, and your energy levels are up. You may feel sexy with your bigger breasts and round stomach. Increased libido, increased vaginal lubrication, and a hypersensitive clitoris due to extra blood flow can have you reaching for your partner at all hours. And who would blame you?
Another thing that may contribute to your amorous mood is feeling more emotionally connected towards your partner. You have created a precious life that will bond you together forever.
2. Sore Breasts
A more common pregnancy symptom is sore breasts. Throughout the nine months, but especially during pregnancy, your breasts will grow and may become sore and tender. If you have experienced sore breasts before your period was due, this is similar, but a heightened version. You and your partner may be thrilled with the increased cup size, but they may be too sore to enjoy at first
3. ACNE (Pimples Pimples, Pimples)
During your first and even second trimester, your pregnancy complexion can rival the pimply complexion you had during middle school. Fortunately, the acne you experience during pregnancy is hormonal, which means once your hormones are regulated, your skin should return to normal. Until that happens, however, you may find yourself breaking out after having years of perfectly clear skin.
Adjusting your diet should help quite a bit. Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, like salmon, strawberries, dark green vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil. These are all food that will benefit your growing baby too! Wash your face with a mild cleanser twice a day, and only use oil-free moisturiser.
4. Snoring during pregnancy
If you didn’t snore before, there’s a chance you will while you are pregnant. Most likely caused by swollen nasal passages, snoring can also be blamed on pregnancy hormones and excess weight gain. It tends to be more common in the 3rd trimester, and you may not even realize you are doing it until your husband complains to you.
Snoring is more of a nuisance than anything. It can, however, be an indicator of gestational diabetes or sleep apnea. Both of which can lead to pregnancy complications, so be sure to bring it up to your doctor at your next appointment
5. Post Birth Baby Belly
One of the biggest surprises expectant moms receive is viewing their post-baby stomach for the first time. Remember all the media chatter when Kate Middleton left the hospital after her first child was born? She still looked very much pregnant, which is what you can expect too. Your firm, beautiful belly will turn into a spongy Jell-O-like blob. Do not expect your stomach to flatten out immediately. Your tummy, skin, and uterus were stretched for 9 months, so it will take time for it to shrink back down. How quickly depends on many factors, such as pre-pregnancy size, weight gain, activity, and genes.
6. Bleeding Gums
Known as pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, gums may become red, tender, and bleed when brushing or flossing. It’s a very common pregnancy symptom. In fact, 75% of moms-to-be are affected. Hormonal changes cause bacteria and plaque buildup, creating gingivitis. If untreated, it can turn into periodontal diseases which destroys the bone that holds your teeth in place. Pregnancy women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of delivering their babies prematurely. If you do find yourself at risk for this, you may need to schedule extra visits to your dentist for cleanings or have a scaling procedure done. During this procedure, a hygienist deeply cleans below your gum line, making sure to remove plaque out of any pockets between your teeth.
7. Wetting your pants.
Added pressure on the bladder, and hormonal changes (again) can cause urinary incontinence. This pretty much means you may wet your pants at any time. This is especially true when you sneeze, cough, laugh, exercise, or lift something heavy. If you do happen to leak a little, be sure to check and make sure it’s actually urine. If it’s a clear odorless liquid, it might be your amniotic fluid. If in doubt, always ask your provider.
8. Strong Sense of Smell
Your sense of smell becomes super charged during pregnancy. The heightened sense usually peaks during the first trimester, which is unfortunately also when you may experience morning sickness. Again – blame it on the hormones. Specifically, estrogen. What and how much you can smell affects everyone differently. Some smells you didn’t care for, you may be able to tolerate now. Other smells can cause your stomach to roll, and have you running to the nearest trash can. Be prepared to be able to smell some lady’s perfume three people ahead of you in the check-out line, or your husband’s stinky socks from across the room.
Many moms are prepared for the weight gain, morning sickness, and tender breasts that are associated with pregnancy, but few are prepared for the constipation. It doesn’t happen to all, but those who do suffer from constipation find it can be worse during pregnancy. The hormone progesterone causes muscles in women’s intestines to relax, which slows movement of food through the digestive system. This can make your stool hard and it may compact in the intestine, causing blockage, and ultimately leading to constipation. In addition, the growing baby puts pressure on the lower intestine which also leads to constipation.
10. Heart burn.
At some point during your pregnancy you may feel like the bun in your oven is burning. Heartburn affects nearly half of all pregnant women at some point during their 9 months. It often kicks in during the 3rd trimester, but can definitely come on sooner. The hormone progesterone relaxes the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus. This allows gastric acids to creep back up; feeling like it’s burning you. As your baby grows, it also pushes the stomach acid up into the esophagus.
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