Pregnancy is no joke, especially with everything that mothers have to endure before, during, and after labor. Aside from the usual shooting pains they usually experience, there are a lot of other side effects that soon-to-be mothers experience even before they meet their babies.
To give you an idea, we’ve gathered the 5 most common side effects that pregnant women usually encounter.
With your fluctuating hormone levels, your gums tend to be more swollen and tender. Furthermore, they tend to react more to the bacteria in plaque. This is why your gums will most likely bleed if you brush too hard. You’re also prone to pregnancy gingivitis, a common and mild type of gum disease, since almost half of pregnant women contract this side effect.
Found in your anus and lower rectum, hemorrhoids are swollen veins that three out of four adults usually contract. They don’t really have a known cause but luckily, it’s often easily treatable. Pregnant women are more likely to get hemorrhoids as a side effect especially if they’ve already had it even before they were carrying a baby.
When certain body parts are swelling, it’s usually because of an injury or inflammation. Medically, that is called Edema. Usually, this happens when your small blood vessels leak fluid into other close tissues. When there’s an excessive buildup of fluid, tissues swell. In addition, this can happen at any part of your body but most mothers say that their feet are the most noticeable when there’s swelling.
Having swollen extremities is a very common side effect for pregnant women, especially with the hormonal imbalance and blood chemistry shift. However, you must be careful and not overlook all swelling since it might be an indication of dangerous pregnancy complications with one of them being preeclampsia.
For those who don’t know, preeclampsia is a complication in pregnant women that entails high blood pressure, kidney damage, and other life-threatening problems. Usually, this disease develops during the last trimester; however, it can also happen at any given time during the second half of the pregnancy, on the day of labor, or even up to six weeks after your baby is born.
On a normal day, having yeast in your vagina and intestinal tract isn’t really a cause for worry. It only becomes a problem once it grows too fast. When yeast grows quickly in your vagina, it overwhelms other microorganisms residing there thus leading to a yeast infection. Any woman can get this problem but pregnant women are more likely to contract this as a side effect since higher levels of estrogen allows yeast to grow more.
If you’re taking antibiotics, it’s best to reduce your intake first. These pills usually have an effect on the protective bacteria that’s in your vagina and without them, yeast would overgrow.
Heartburn and congestion
Most people have already experienced heartburn and congestion in their lives. Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest that originates just behind your breastbone. It usually occurs after consuming too much food after not having eaten hours before. It could also happen when you’re lying down or bending over. On the other hand, congestion or stuffiness is characterized by a runny nose. This is usually due to an increase to the blood volume of your vessels that line the nasal passage.
Both of these are very common and not that alarming. Despite this, pregnant women have attested to experiencing this side effect more often than they usually did before they were pregnant.
The road to being a mother isn’t easy, especially with all the sacrifices you have to do and endure. The five aforementioned illnesses and medical conditions are just some of the side effects that you can expect to experience during your pregnancy. Although most of these are fairly common and treatable, it can’t be denied that it will cause much discomfort and pain on your part. Nevertheless, you only have to endure it for nine months and after that, you’ll finally be able to see your beloved baby.