Pregnancy is overwhelming. You might have read many books, saw many videos and heard the stories of experienced moms and you might be briefly knowing what to expect during pregnancy. But each pregnancy is idiosyncratic and each pregnancy could surprise you by offering new things and new symptoms. Some of the those could make you feel like a cat on hot bricks. But those symptoms could be completely normal. So, here is a list for to help identify and decode the scary symptoms and understand when to worry and when to brush-off as a part of the process.
No pregnant woman likes to see blood coming out of her body while she is carrying a little life inside her. It is normal to fear miscarriage as this is the tell-tale sign that something is not right. But light spotting is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Spotting in the first trimester is mostly because of the higher volume of blood being pumped to the cervix. A small amount of light pink or brown blood is nothing to be freaked out. But if the bleeding is heavy and bright red in colour, call your physician immediately. This could indicate miscarriage
Excessive Vaginal Discharge
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes. This could make the vaginal glands to secrete excessive discharge. This manifests itself as leucorrhea. The vaginal discharge could be increased when the due date is near as cervix is preparing itself for the birth by maturing. If the discharge is white to light yellow, it is not of much concern. But if it becomes itchy and emanates odour, it could be a sign of yeast infection. Also, if the discharge is watery and persistent, you could be leaking amniotic fluid and that is something to be worried about.
Nipples and the area around the nipples (areolas) become darker during pregnancy and it is perfectly normal. It occurs due to increased blood volume of your body and this also helps the baby to latch on easily.
Bleeding gums and bloody noses
The blame again goes on hormonal changes during pregnancy. Due to this, there is increased blood vessel supply throughout the body making the tissues of your gums and nose very sensitive. You might notice that your gums bleed while brushing or bleeding nose and that is normal. To reduce the bleeding, it is suggested to keep your environment humid and also, use soft bristles toothbrush.
Skin tags are the excess skin growth or small “out pockets” that are grown in the creases of the body such as neck, underarm, breasts or groin. The exact reason for the skin tags is unknown but it could be blamed on weight gain and hormones. Skin tags could be genetic too. Skin tags usually fall off after pregnancy but in case it doesn’t, your dermatologist could remove them off.
If you notice moles or lesions on your body, be sure to contact your physician. It could be a sign of skin cancer. It is normal during pregnancy and could be treated.
Varicose veins are the veins which become enlarged and twisted. It usually occurs in legs and vulva during pregnancy. It occurs due to increase in blood volume in the uterus and the growth of the baby. There will be pressure on the large blood vessels making blood circulation difficult in lower extremities leading to varicose veins in legs and vulva.
To prevent varicose veins, the best method is to not to gain excess weight during pregnancy and walk every day to increase blood circulation all over your body. Compression hose could also be used to improve the blood circulation. The Varicose veins usually get better after delivery.