Pregnancy Secrets No One Warns You About

When you think of pregnancy symptoms the first thing that comes to mind is morning sickness. I was lucky enough to not experience much of that… but there were however, a number of pregnancy changes that happened to my body which one doesn’t hear about every day!

1. My boobs were sore, enlarged and tender
With both my pregnancies – it’s like the very day the pregnancy tests showed positive, my boobs just grew larger, became very painful and it’s like the veins on my chest area was forming a map of Africa!
2. My skin darkened 
This was by far the funniest thing for me in my second pregnancy. I literally had a darkened area around my buttocks and thighs! These random blotches are apparently called Chloasma. Luckily for me it lightened up within weeks of giving birth.
3. Constipation was the order of the day
Extra progesterone levels relax your uterus muscles so you don’t have early contractions. In fact it relaxes all muscles in the body which means a very sluggish digestive system as well. Drinking a lot of water helped me with this though and I tried adding a bit more fibre in my diet during this time.
4. I was totally congested
My name is Hayley and I suffer from Hay fever…
Oestrogen causes the mucous membranes in your nose to swell just like it does with other body parts – hence my congestion… my nose even bled a few times!
5. Heartburn was a killer
Thanks once again to the lovely progesterone hormones - this also relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter. This loosening can cause stomach acid to back up into the oesophagus and cause significant discomfort, especially towards the end of the pregnancy when the baby is larger. It’s amazing though, how it just disappears the moment you give birth! Bye bye gaviscon…
6. My gums were bleeding
At first I thought I had gum decease but soon found out that Progesterone is the culprit again once again. Bleeding gums are a fairly common side effect of pregnancy and isn’t actually any cause for concern.
7. I had Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
CTS is apparently quite common in pregnancy. It happens when there is a build-up of liquid in the tissues in your wrist. This swelling squashes a nerve (ouch!), called the median nerve which runs down to your hand and fingers which causes numbness and tingling. My grip was weaker and it was harder to move my fingers especially in the morning.

Are there any other symptoms that you are experiencing? 

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