You may be expecting that often-talked about pregnancy glow, when you’re pregnant and have the gorgeous bump. While most women get the glow, a lot others have to face pregnancy problems such as itchy breasts and tummy, acne and gas. Here are some pregnancy problems that almost every mom faces:
- Gas and Burping
As your baby grows, the space becomes tight in your belly. Your bowels may become crowded and your digestion may become more erratic, leaving you gassy and bloated. Foods such as apples, pears, cauliflowers, beans, brussel sprouts, and broccoli and can contribute to the gassy feeling. Eat small, more frequent meals for relief. Avoid fatty foods as well as carbonated ones with artificial sweeteners. Go for a brisk, 20-minute walk after dinner to stimulate digestion and relieve gas.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), most pregnant women get constipated at some point during their pregnancy. Soon after you conceive, ramped-up pregnancy hormones can slow down your digestive tract which can throw off your digestion as early as eight weeks. Try increasing your fiber intake to get things moving. Eat more fresh fruit, veggies, beans, and whole grains. Remember to drink plenty of water too.
- Itchy Nipples
When your body’s growing during pregnancy, your breasts also grow in preparation for breastfeeding. As your breasts grow, the sensitive skin in the area also stretches which can trigger a persistent itch. Remember to moisturize to find relief. An emollient lanolin cream can be applied on the nipples when you feel the need to scratch. Cocoa butter or vitamin E oil are also great for your skin. If you develop a rash or notice bloody discharge from one or both nipples, call your doctor.
- Leaking Urine
When you’re expecting, certain hormones signal your pelvic muscles to relax so you can eventually deliver your baby. This makes you more prone to little leaks, known as urinary incontinence, while sneezing or giggling. During the second trimester, your growing baby starts to put pressure on your bladder. Doing Kegel exercises several times a day can minimize the leakage by strengthening the muscles around your bladder.
Pregnancy and its hormones can feel like nine long months of PMS for some women, triggering acne and blemishes on your skin. Acne medication is believed to be harmful for pregnant women and have been linked to birth defects. Talk to your doctor about safe alternatives such as a mild facial cleanser or mask. The acne usually goes away on its own after delivery or when your hormones rebalance during pregnancy.
- Vaginal Discharge
Rising estrogen levels, especially in the third trimester, cause the vagina to produce more secretions and discharge. You can’t prevent or limit the discharge, but wearing cotton underwear may help you stay dry. You can also use panty-liners but remember to change the pad frequently. If you experience any burning or itching along with the discharge, talk to your doctor.
Certain pregnancy problems are more common than you think. Although most of them are not serious, you can talk to your doctor if you feel stressed about them. Our experts at KIMS Cuddles will answer any pregnancy related questions that you may have.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.