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6 Fun Symptoms Of Pregnancy That Are Not Embarrassing At All

Can you tell we're being a little bit sarcastic in the heading?! Pregnancy changes your body in ways you never imagined – here are some completely normal, not fun and often embarrassing symptoms of pregnancy.

A beautiful baby bump, glowing skin, and the excitement that you are about to become a mother; these are the traits of pregnancy that most women expect, or at least wish for.

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Unfortunately, not all of pregnancy is comfortable and beautiful.

Women often suffer from symptoms such as excess gas, itchy nipples and leaky breasts. Luckily, these common but sometimes embarrassing issues can be easily dealt with.

1. Excess Gas

The noisiest embarrassing pregnancy symptom, excess gas can leave you mortified in public situations. High levels of progesterone are the cause of this, as progesterone relaxes the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract and slows down digestion. This leads to a build-up of excess gas.

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Bear in mind that the average person passes wind about 15 times a day and that anything up to 40 times a day is normal.

How to help yourself:

The foods most likely to cause wind are those containing unabsorbable carbohydrates. Watch your diet and cut out obvious offenders such as fizzy drinks, beans, cabbage and the likes. Eating small meals several times a day can also help.

2. Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids, which are also known as piles, are enlarged and swollen veins in or around the lower rectum and anus. Anyone can get piles – they don’t just happen in pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, piles can occur because hormones make your veins relax. Constipation, which is also common during pregnancy, can put further strain on you (pun intended!)

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How to help yourself:

You can get some relief from haemorrhoids by making some changes to your lifestyle. Eat plenty of high-fibre foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholemeal bread. Drink plenty of water and avoid standing for long periods.

3. Incontinence

A fit of laughter or an unexpected sneeze can be two of the causes that see you wetting yourself in the most surprising situations.

As your uterus presses against your bladder, it makes it extremely difficult to control your urine output, causing leaking situations that are out of your control.

How to help yourself:

Ways to try to combat this potentially embarrassing problem are to practice Kegels, the pelvic muscle-toning exercise. You can do Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor muscle training, discreetly just about anytime.

Find the muscles you need to stop urinating. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream. If you succeed, you’ve got the right muscles. Squeeze these muscles for three seconds, then relax for three seconds.

Sanitary towels or special incontinence pads can help to absorb urine. Avoid coffee, citrus, tomatoes and soft drinks — all of which can irritate your bladder and make it harder to control those leaks.

4. Itchy Nipples

A big surge in the size of your breasts during pregnancy is a common symptom that most women are familiar with. However, what they’re not told is that the stretching of the skin that happens with the growth, can cause a constant itchiness.

How to help yourself:

To avoid having to keep scratching your nipples, especially when in public, lather on a natural moisturiser after you shower. And when you feel the need to scratch, try dabbing on a thick emollient cream.

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If the itching persists and spreads, you should report it to your GP or midwife, to rule out a condition called cholestasis.

5. Breast Leakage

Even if you haven’t started breastfeeding yet, your breasts can start leaking before the end of your pregnancy. This is caused by large amounts of the hormone prolactin, the hormone that makes your breasts ready for nursing.

How to help yourself:

Simple daily activities such as changing your clothes or showering can cause your breasts to leak. While this cannot necessarily be avoided, it can be dealt with by wearing nursing pads inside your bra, which will absorb any liquid that leaks out.

6. Vaginal Discharge

Many women will see an increase in vaginal discharge. However, if you have any ‘itching’ vaginal discomfort, or when your discharge becomes foul smelling, talk to your GP.

If you are concerned that it is more than a discharge (that your waters have gone) then go immediately to the hospital.

How to help yourself:

You can’t prevent or limit the discharge, but wearing cotton underwear may help you stay dry. It’s more breathable and absorbent than synthetic fabric. Use an unscented panty liner too but make sure to change it frequently.

Have you experienced any other symptoms that are a little bit embarrassing? 


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