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Discomforts

Your bump is growing. Your skin is glowing. Generally speaking, you are in the prime of life. But pregnancy isn’t all moonshine and roses. It comes hand-in-hand with a few pregnancy discomforts that can be gross at times!

Common pregnancy discomforts

Morning sickness, swollen feet, and odd food cravings. You’ve heard about them all before. And before you got pregnant, you were ready for them. But then things started getting weird. And be warned: they can get even weirder!

Here are some of the most common discomforts of pregnancy:

Bloating

Bloating is almost always accompanied by gas and burping. Pregnant women can burp like champs and pass gas like it’s nobody’s business. All of this happens because your body is making more progesterone. Progesterone relaxes the muscles, which also relaxes your digestive system.

Bleeding gums

During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for a woman’s oral hygiene to take a real beating. Your gums react to extra hormones in your body, which can make them swollen and tender. They may even bleed during flossing and brushing. But just like the gas problem, it’s perfectly normal to experience short periods of discomfort with this problem.

Snoring

If you thought that snoring was a male-only problem, guess again! All that extra weight you carry around during pregnancy can contribute to snoring. It is believed that up to 30% of all pregnant women snore from time to time during pregnancy. Although this only starts happening during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

Leakage

Some women experience leaky breasts before their babies are born. This is actually colostrum, the first milk your baby will consume. Sometimes, this fluid can start leaking during sex. It’s a perfectly natural way for your body to start preparing itself for breastfeeding and isn’t any cause for concern.

Vaginal discharge

You might experience a mild-smelling, thin, and milky vaginal discharge during pregnancy, which is a healthy sign. It happens because your cervix secretes more cervical mucus.

Itchy skin

Your breasts and your bump are prone to itchiness during pregnancy. It’s normal and shouldn’t cause too much discomfort as long as you keep nourishing your skin. If the problem becomes severe, it could be a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). Talk to your doctor for some advice.

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