Your belly is the main attraction, but other body parts may be acting strange too. Let’s find out what these weird symptoms are!
Sure, you were prepared for the nausea and the cravings – everyone knows about those pregnancy rites of passage. But other symptoms are somewhat less universal, and so they may come as more of a surprise.
You should talk to your doctor about any pregnancy complaints to rule out something serious, but for the most part these annoyances are related to the normal changes your body is experiencing.
Bloody noses, congestion, and postnasal drip are all common in pregnancy, and they’re all related to the same two causes. Increasing blood volume puts more pressure on delicate vessels like the ones in your nose, but hormones are to blame too. Estrogen, in particular, can make blood vessels dilate, which contributes to swelling of the mucous membranes in your nose. Luckily,much of the discomfort can be relieved by using a simple saline spray, and it should resolve soon after delivery.
You might assume that numbness, tingling, or even pain on the outside of your thighs or throughout your body is a circulation problem, but the opposite is true. All that blood you’re pumping in preparation for your baby can put additional pressure on the surrounding nerves—especially late in pregnancy, as your growing uterus may cause even more compression. To alleviate those strange sensations, try a maternity support belt.
What gives? You guessed it: that same swelling and pressure, which in your wrists can often lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist brace can help relieve the symptoms by stabilising the area and minimising movements that trigger the feelings, but the issue should resolve after pregnancy, so tell your doctor if it persists.
You may think you need glasses (or a new prescription), but vision issues during pregnancy are another side effect of fluid retention. But fuzzy vision isn’t always a normal pregnancy symptom, so mention it to your doctor to make sure it’s not a sign of preeclampsia. If it checks out, don’t worry: Your eyesight should return to normal after delivery.
If you notice new fleshy protrusions, relax. Those are skin tags, and you can thank your surging hormones for them, although they can also be a result of friction. Other common skin issues include chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy – tan or brown blotchy patches on the face – and a deepening of the linea nigra, the dark vertical line on your abdomen. These marks often go away, although there’s no guarantee.
You may be hyper-focused on your diet, but it’s your mouth – not what goes in it – that can cause you stress. Changing hormones may make your gums swell, bleed, and trap food, causing irritation and increasing your risk of infection.
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