Pregnancy is a wonderful journey for both mother and father. In this memorable journey, the mother especially undergoes many drastic changes. These changes range from physical to physiological and they can sometimes be too embarrassing to even discuss with anyone. Do not worry since these changes are completely normal.
Keep in mind that your midwife and your doctor has seen and heard it all before, so do not worry, just let them know how you are feeling. You can also refer BabySpace to get a better understanding of these types of issues and learn about the prevention methods. Here are some of the most common and most embarrassing issues that occur during pregnancy.
Do you burp and pass gas unusually during pregnancy?
This is a very common symptom faced by many women during pregnancy. You might sometimes feel as if you cannot control it. Erratic hormonal changes generally delays the digestive process during pregnancy and this will make you feel bloated and gassy.
In addition, now that you are expecting, you are probably consuming different types of food that is good for you and your baby, which can also contribute to this gassy condition. An increased intake of pears, apple, beans, broccoli, and ice cream will make you feel gassier. Therefore, this access air has to get away from your body in some way right? Passing gas and burping more often during pregnancy is quite normal.
The best way to avoid or minimize this situation is to consume smaller meals more frequently. A 20-minute walk after a meal is also a great way to reduce gas and stimulate digestion. Also, try to avoid consuming fatty foods like fried chicken and burgers.
Do you feel constipated?
Medical researchers have shown that most women at some point are constipated during pregnancy. Therefore, this too is a very common symptom faced among pregnant mothers and it is a sign that will show even during the first few weeks of pregnancy. With time, your growing baby will start crowding your bowels, which will also aggravate this situation.
The best remedy for this difficult and uncomfortable condition is to increase your fibre intake. More fresh fruit, whole grains, beans, and vegetables may ease this situation. In the meantime, drink lots and lots of water and make sure to follow a gentle exercise routine every day.
Constipation, although very uncomfortable is rarely dangerous. However if constipation continues to cause problems, consult your physician who may suggest a laxative that is gentle and safe for pregnancy.
I have itchy nipples, why?
This too is a frequently seen symptom among pregnant women. You may have probably noticed that your breasts and nipples have become unusually large. This means your breasts are now gradually preparing for the moment of breastfeeding. As your breasts and nipples grow, the skin around this area also stretches causing a constant feeling of itchiness.
Apply a good cream in this sensitive area, ideally after a shower. Try to use a cream that is enriched with vitamin E. This will keep your skin soft and supple. Also, change the type of bras that you were using prior to pregnancy and switch to nursing bras made of soft cotton fabrics.
In case you develop a rash around this area, consult your doctor, as this could most likely be a bacterial infection.
Can’t control urination sometimes?
This condition is known also as urinary incontinence and it occurs mostly during the latter stages of pregnancy. You may wet yourself accidently following a sudden laugh, cough, or sneeze. This sort of leaking can be limited to just a few drops of urine. The hormone progesterone and the increased weight of your baby bump generally cause this condition.
The best way to prevent urinary incontinence is to do pelvic / Kegel exercises. Doing Kegel exercises means contracting your pelvic floor muscles as if you are trying to clench a tampon or trying to hold in your pee, or trying to hold a fart. By doing this exercise frequently during the day, it will strengthen your muscles around your bladder and help prevent this situation.
During the latter stages of pregnancy wear a party-liner or pad to absorb sudden and accidental leaks of this nature.
Has the desire for sex increased or decreased?
When it comes to the increase in sex, this is due to the increase in pregnancy hormones, blood flow and the increased sensitivity in your body especially your breasts and vagina. Therefore, the nine months ahead could increase your need for sex, substantially.
Do not worry or be embarrassed by this situation. If sex does not hurt you, then it will not harm or hurt your baby. However, if you have experienced bleeding or severe pains during sexual intercourse, then report to your doctor.
In addition, the need of your increased interest for sex may sometimes leave your partner confused or even frightened. So, reassure your partner that sex will not hurt you or your baby but only bring you closer together.
However, the desire for sex could also be reduced, and the hormone progesterone generally causes this condition. Sometimes it could be due to simply being in pain, feeling sick due to morning sickness and various pregnancy ailments.
Again, this could leave your partner confused and sometimes feel detached from you, it is therefore always important to talk out these issues with your partner to make sure he is aware of your feelings.