Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms and How to Deal With Them
Pregnancy may look easy and glamorous on TV and in movies, but the fact is that being pregnant can cause many embarrassing pregnancy symptoms that many people may not know about. Here are a few of the symptoms, and the reasons behind some of them.
Frequent urination and incontinence:
Due to increased blood flow to the kidneys, women who are pregnant generally experience a frequent need to urinate. This usually begins even before a woman knows she is pregnant and will be a common symptom during the first trimester while many hormonal changes are taking place. Usually, frequent urination eases throughout the second trimester as the baby and uterus rise higher in the mother’s body, but will return in the third trimester as the baby grows and takes up more space or when the baby begins to drop before delivery which puts extra pressure on the bladder. This can also lead to incontinence, especially if the vaginal muscles are not strong. One way to improve this is by doing Kegel exercises, which tone and strengthen these muscles, and also assist in delivery.
Gas and bloating:
Gas is another embarrassing side effect of pregnancy, and may come from either end of your body. This is due to higher levels of progesterone, a type of hormone responsible for relaxing smooth muscle tissues in the body. This can then lead to gas, particularly burping, flatulence and bloating. This may be more evident after a big meal. This symptom can also lead to heartburn, which can be quick uncomfortable. To reduce these unwanted symptoms, pregnant women should try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and try not to lie down immediately after eating.
Nausea and vomiting:
Nausea and vomiting are often considered to be one of the first signs of pregnancy and is commonly referred to as ‘morning sickness’. The name may be misleading, as some woman may not experience it at all, while others may find that they experience it all day and night. It is not quite clear why nausea and vomiting occurs in pregnancy, but it is thought to be linked to rising levels of hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone during the first trimester. There are a number of remedies that women may try to alleviate morning sickness, but what may work for one woman, may not work another. Try eating smaller meals more frequently, drink ginger tea, or suck on candy. Although finding what works best for you may involve certain trial and error, good news is, it generally gets better after the first trimester.
Those pesky pregnancy hormones are to blame again for bad skin and acne, particularly in the first trimester. To unclog pores and maintain basic facial hygiene, is important to wash your face regularly and check which skin treatments or medications are safe during pregnancy. If you do need to use medication or topical creams to treat acne during pregnancy, check with your doctor to make sure they are safe and suitable, and use them only when needed.
Your sex drive may increase or decrease dramatically throughout pregnancy depending on the individual. While some may experience decreased sex drive due to fatigue, others experience the opposite. Increased sex drive is generally caused by increased blood flow to the genital region and as a result may heighten arousal and can increase the intensity of orgasms. It is important to just go with the flow and do what feels right for you. Unless there is a specific reason why your doctor has suggested not to have sex while pregnant, there is really now reason why you shouldn’t if you want to.