Caitlin Goodwin DNP is a certified nurse-midwife and registered nurse with more than a decade of experience in pregnancy and childbirth.
Are Uncommon Discomforts of Pregnancy Normal?
When it comes to being pregnant, everyone pictures blissful photoshoots of cradling your belly and planning the perfect baby shower. However, that is not always the norm. Sometimes pregnancy feels anything but peaceful.
Everyone is aware of the common pregnancy symptoms like constipation or heartburn. However, there are a number of pregnancy symptoms that you may not even realize are completely normal. This article will tell you all about the pregnancy symptoms you may not have ever heard about.
Uncommon Discomforts of Pregnancy
Skin changes: Your skincare routine may change completely. The hormones of pregnancy will change the way that your skin responds to the sun and stressors. You may burn in just a few minutes of being outside. Even if you luck out and do not get a sunburn, you are unfortunately at risk of melasma which affects up to 75% of pregnant people. Melasma presents as blotchy, brownish areas on your face.
Avoid sunburn by avoiding going outside during the hottest portion of the day (between 10 am and 2 pm). If you are able to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, do so. Also, make sure to wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside to prevent melasma from worsening.
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are those veins that are close to the surface of your skin and become twisted and enlarged, typically in your legs. For some, they may be overwhelmingly sore, while others may not be uncomfortable at all. To prevent them from worsening, you can try:
- Moving more often
- Avoiding sitting with legs crossed for long periods
- Elevating legs
- Wearing support hose
- Eating fiber-rich foods
Interestingly enough, varicose veins in your rectum may present as hemorrhoids.
Hair and nail changes: Hormone changes cause hair on your head and body to grow thicker or in places where you may not usually have hair like your face, chest, abdomen, or arms. These same hormones may cause your nails to grow faster or break more easily.
Some opt to use clear nail polish to prevent nails from breaking. Make sure to keep dry shampoo on hand, in case your hair feels greasy or uncomfortable.
Acne: For some, pregnancy hormones can cause acne to worsen. There are some ways to manage acne during pregnancy.
- Wash your face twice daily
- Tie long hair back
- Avoid picking
- Select oil-free cosmetics.
- Talk to your OB provider about topical acne products. Some, like isotretinoin, are contraindicated during pregnancy.
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"Prurigo of pregnancy": Itchy bumps that look like insect bites start with just a few and increase in number each day. It may be due to immune system changes during pregnancy. While it is not harmful to your baby, it can be uncomfortable.
Some topical treatments like anti-itch cream may provide relief to the itching. Check with a healthcare provider to ensure that it is safe.
Wiggly Teeth: Dental care is more important than ever. Estrogen and progesterone may cause the supportive tissue and bone surrounding the teeth to loosen during pregnancy temporarily. You may notice a bit more mobility in your teeth during pregnancy. Luckily, it usually does not result in tooth loss.
Weight Gain: Your body gains different amounts at different points in pregnancy. This number varies from person to person and even between pregnancies. Instead of worrying about weight as the outcome, focus on healthy eating and moving your body. You may gain weight in irregular spurts, like 4 lbs one week, down 0.2 lbs the next
Am I Being Ungrateful by Feeling Miserable?
Many people make you feel guilty for experiencing these very real discomforts. You are still a wonderful parent, even if you are annoyed by some of these symptoms. While you may feel miserable at times, you are working hard to grow your baby. It does not change how much you love your child.
Discussing these discomforts may seem overwhelming, but today was just mean to cover some uncommon symptoms. If you have not experienced them, you may never. However, your healthcare provider is there to care for your specific situation. If you have additional concerns, reach out to your prenatal HC,
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2021 Caitlin Goodwin
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Caitlin Goodwin (author) from West Palm Beach, FL on October 03, 2021:
Thank you for reading- I appreciate it so much!
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 03, 2021:
Well explained, thanks.