Pregnancy symptoms that embarrass you?

Apart from the “normal” symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tiredness, etc., there are some that can cause a certain embarrassment and whose only consolation is “half joy”.

Pregnancy is a particularly intense experience for a woman. Emotions, changes, news follow one another day after day.

1. Abdominal swelling

Progesterone is an important hormone to support pregnancy, but its side effects are numerous and sometimes embarrassing.

In particular, it increases intestinal meteorism and also stomach swelling.

All this is also favored by the change of power supply. During pregnancy, many women start eating more fruit and vegetables. Therefore, if you are not used to a diet rich in vegetables, introduce them gradually

Also try not to wear particularly tight clothes that compress the abdomen and make you feel like a pressure cooker, eat small and frequent meals and.. try to get rid of excess gas

2- Constipation

Progesterone slows intestinal transit and if you take an iron supplement for anemia… it can get worse.

 3. Changes in skin pigmentation

As the belly grows, it changes its appearance and… color! Stretching out, the skin may appear lighter, the veins are more visible and a dark line (linea nigra) may appear which starts from the navel and descends towards the pubis.

This line does not appear out of nowhere, it was probably less pronounced before the pregnancy, and it darkens over the nine months, only to lighten again after delivery.

 4. Sweat

Increased blood flow and circulating hormones increase body temperature and therefore also skin perspiration.

So try to hydrate yourself well, use the shower more frequently and use natural products to soothe the discomfort caused by excessive sweating.

5. Itchy or sore nipples

Be careful with the products you use to wash yourself because they could irritate the skin during pregnancy if they are not delicate enough.

Breasts are increasing so wear comfortable bras.

6. Incontinence

A cough, a sneeze and suddenly you feel a leak of pee

The pelvic floor is a very important set of muscles that must be trained to prevent incontinence problems both during pregnancy and postpartum.

Ask your midwife, gynecologist or Pilates or yoga teacher to explain how to practice correctly.

7. Hemorrhoids

Are the veins around the rectum swollen, itchy and bleeding? You have hemorrhoids.

They are caused by the hormonal variations that occur during pregnancy which determine a greater capillary permeability, the relaxation of the vascular muscle tunic. These effects associated with the increase in volume of the uterus, which increases the pressure on the pelvic floor, predispose to the onset of haemorrhoidal disease .

try to eat foods with a high fiber content, drink lots of water and avoid standing for long periods of time.

8. Acne

No, you are not teenagers again.

Also in this case the cause is hormonal and mainly affects the first and second trimester of pregnancy.

9. Strange dreams

Pregnancy is a period in which we dream a lot, probably because sleep is frequently interrupted to go to the bathroom.

These are not always pleasant dreams, sometimes they are real nightmares: try to forget these and enjoy the good ones!

10. Leucorrea

Increased blood flow to the cervix causes heavy vaginal discharge.

The first few times you will run to the bathroom to understand what is happening: they are normal transparent, fairly watery and odorless losses.

If, on the other hand, the characteristics are different, talk to your doctor immediately.

Wear cotton underwear, try to keep the vaginal area clean and dry, avoid perfumed soaps.

11. Vene varicose

The pressure of the uterus, the weight of the baby. increased blood flow, etc., make venous return from the lower limbs more difficult and this can lead to the appearance of varicose veins.

If you have a family history that predisposes you to varicose veins, you can use graduated compression stockings (on the advice of your doctor). Physical movement in any case promotes circulation in the legs.

13. Protrusion of the navel

There are those who, with the growth of the belly, no longer see the navel which literally disappears sinking, and those who instead witness its protrusion. Don’t worry, both situations are normal and everything will go back to normal after delivery.

14. Excess hair

Circulating hormones (yes, them again) can increase body hair.

See: get rid of unwanted hair during pregnancy

15. Stretch marks

Stretch marks could not be missing from the list of unwanted symptoms. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments, even if gaining weight correctly (according to the nutritionist’s indications) and constant physical activity can help prevent them.

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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