Apr 21, 2017 No Comments
Heartburn? Normal. Sudden aversions? They happen. We asked new moms to spill the truths that expecting moms rarely expect.
- “I count the hours until I can crawl back to bed.”
Sleepiness is a hallmark of the first trimester. Hormonally, soaring levels of progesterone contribute to daytime drowsiness. Emotionally, thoughts about becoming a mom might keep you up at night. “It’s a double whammy that can hit first-timers particularly hard. While Nothing can be done about the hormone factor, you can perhaps slow your racing thoughts. Getting some exercise, sticking to a regular bedtime, and laying on your left side, which can improve blood flow.
- “I sneeze all the time!”
“Crazy but true: About a third of pregnant women have some degree of pregnancy rhinitis, causing nasal congestion, itching, or sneezing.” As pregnancy wears on, it tends to increase. You retain more fluid, and that means swelling everywhere, even inside your nose. It usually goes away after the baby is born, but you can never be too certain. Some immunologic changes may persist. The best that you can do to lessen rhinitis is to ensure that you reduce exposure to allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and dander whenever you can.
- “Burps make me feel like a fire-breathing dragon.”
Increased heartburn with pregnant patients, especially in the second and third trimesters. It’s due in part to hormonal changes, which loosen the lower oesophageal sphincter, allowing the acidic gastric contents to reflux back into the oesophagus. Another Factor is your growing baby; your enlarging uterus limits the space for your stomach to expand after meals, forcing gastric contents back up. To get relief, eat small, frequent meals; go light on chocolate, caffeine, citrus, and tomato sauce; and stay up three hours after your last meal. Exercise may also help.
- “Just the smell of coffee makes me sick.”
Some pregnant women are repelled by certain smells and food they used to enjoy. Elevated hormonal levels are probably to blame. It can also be an extension of pregnancy nausea. But maybe the weirdest fact? As soon as you give birth, you’ll likely go back to loving whatever is now turning you off! So get your latte order ready!
- “I’m really surprised by my intense craving for certain foods.”
There are many theories about why pregnancy cravings occur, but no one is able to explain them for certain. The prevailing theory is that they may be your body’s way of sending a message about what it needs. The classic pickles– and-ice cream craving maybe a signal that you need sodium and calcium. But wanting a brownie may be just you hunting a sugar rush!
- “My gums are bleeding.”
The increase in oestrogen and progesterone makes gum tissue more sensitive to plaque, which can call gingivitis (red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed). Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition that generally shows up during the second or third month, and if you already had gingivitis, it will probably get worse. The best defence is good oral hygiene: Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, floss, and schedule appointments with your dentist for regular cleaning.
- “Constipation! I’ve never had it until now.”
It happens to more than half of pregnant women. The reason is an increased progesterone level, which is likely to affect your intestinal muscles, and because of the increased pressure on your rectum from your growing baby. Iron supplements can also be one of the culprits. Increase your fluid and fibre intake, along with exercise.
- “I feel like I’m overproducing saliva.”
Pregnancy hormones can affect nearly every aspect of a woman’s body, including her mouth. In fact, this drooling can be an early sign of pregnancy that your dentist may be the first to pick up on! This condition pops up early but usually disappears by the end of the first trimester.
- “Haemorrhoids are here now.”
Varicose veins of the rectum can be par for the second trimester course. Well, you should thank your enlarging uterus and the increased blood flow to the pelvic area. Safe remedies include suppositories and warm sitz baths. They are very likely to shrink after pregnancy, though chances are there that they may get worse before they get better. A Vaginal delivery may aggravate them in some cases.
- “I don’t want sex. At all.”
Changing hormones can cause a drop in your sex drive. Don’t considered it to be the end of your sex life. Just enjoy time with your partner. Go out for dinner without having to hire a sitter! Desire may return as quickly as it went.