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10 Unexpected Body Changes During Pregnancy

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The moment you think of pregnancy you associate it with weight gain, swelling, bloated body and morning sickness. Some women glow during pregnancy. Others pale out when compared to their normal being. But there are many more bodily changes that occur during pregnancy – most of which you might not expect. Have you heard of tingly hands and hemorrhoids or nasal problems during pregnancy? Thanks to maternal hormones!

Though each woman is different and they have different experiences with the bodily changes during pregnancy, some are definitely typical. Some might need medical attention too, and you might have to talk to your doctor if there is any interference with your normal activities, and seek medication that is safe for both you and your baby. Read on for more on unexpected features.

1. Dry And Itchy Skin:

It’s not just the stretch marks that come with pregnancy. You might have itchy abdominal skin while you are carrying. Your skin could be dry. Use a moisturizer that will condition your skin and keep out the itches. If there is severe itchiness, then you will have to call your doctor.

2. Dark Skin And Pigmentation:

Patches of the skin, pigmentation, freckles and moles are common. You look darker than usual due to the hormonal changes in your body. You are susceptible to tanning. Therefore you must apply sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. Sometimes the pigmentation might stay dark even after delivery. Talk to your doctor if these aren’t vanishing off or if you see new spots or moles on your skin.

3. Pimples And Acne:

The hormonal changes are bound to secrete more oil, therefore leading to acne or pimples. It’s important that you wash your face frequently and consult your doctor if the pimples are excessive.

4. Nasal Problems:

Nasal congestion and nosebleeds are common features during pregnancy. Again it’s the play of the hormones which affect your nasal tissue. You must increase your intake of water to avoid this condition. If you need to clean your nose, never blow them forcefully. Blow out gently. Stay in humid surroundings or install a humidifier in your room.

5. Linea Nigra:

As the name suggests, it’s a dark line that appears between the pubic bone and the belly button. It usually occurs under normal circumstances but seems darker during pregnancy. It lightens off after delivery.

6. Swollen Feet:

It might not sound new. But it happens because of the pressure your baby exerts on your uterus. The blood flow might, therefore, slow down to the lower half of the body. It, therefore, causes your veins in the legs to swell. One way to prevent the condition is by wearing loose socks or stockings and by raising your legs frequently.

7. Heartburn:

The pressure exerted by the fetus on your stomach and intestines along with the hormonal changes can cause bloating, indigestion and heartburn. To combat the condition, you will need smaller but frequent meals. You should avoid greasy, spicy or heavy foods. Avoid lying down immediately after a meal. Also, stay out of eating or drinking two hours before you go to sleep. Use an antacid to alleviate the condition. You might want to consult your doctor to confirm if the antacid is safe for you during pregnancy.

8. Constipation:

Constipation in pregnancy might occur if you are dehydrated – either you aren’t drinking enough water or vomiting due to morning sickness depletes you of the necessary water. Another reason is hormones from pregnancy that when to cause the intestinal muscles to relax, it allows the food to move slower through the digestive tract. On top of it all, if you lack physical activity during pregnancy, that might also cause constipation. Include fiber, fruits and vegetables in your diet to keep away the condition. If you still face problems, ask your doctor for laxatives that can be safe for both you and your baby.

9. Hemorrhoids:

When you strain because of constipation, you put pressure on your unborn child. It is quite a risk. Relieve yourself with the help of a constipation treatment in the first place.

10. Tingly Hands:

Tingly hands, accompanied with swelling or numbness of hands is common in few women. It happens because of the fluid retention in the body that makes your hands and wrists to swell. It usually disappears after delivery. Seek medical advice if you feel the numbness or tingling feeling.

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