Yes, a pregnant woman can be beautiful and radiant, and being pregnant can be one of the best times of your life, but on the flipside, pregnancy ain’t always pretty!
You probably know the most common and clichéd symptoms of pregnancy – morning sickness, stretchmarks, varicose veins, aching back and enlarged breasts. However, unfortunately there is more to pregnancy than just a few of these staple symptoms that have been played out on movies and televisions for ages.
Below are some of the other things you can expect when you’re expecting and how to handle these often uncomfortable and embarrassing pregnancy complaints – and sorry, we don’t mean to turn you off, but…
As your body piles on the pounds, a rash can develop in certain areas where the skin is constantly rubbing (or chafing) such as between your legs and under your breasts. In addition to a rash, you may also notice that your hands, feet and legs are also peeling or extremely dry. Wear cotton loose clothing and soothe the skin with calamine lotion or fragrance-free moisturisers.
2. Piles (Haemmorhoids)
This has got to be one of the worst pregnancy symptoms that many people will not discuss, especially not in every day conversation, which is why you may be confused as to what is happening down there. Piles are swollen veins around the anus and occur due to pressure from the baby’s head. You may experience itchiness, soreness and even bleeding during a bowel movement. There are special creams you can buy from the chemist to reduce symptoms, and it’s best to avoid sitting for long periods of time.
Woooooooohhhh, my chest is on fire! Yep, you can blame it on pregnancy. Reduce the risk of heartburn by avoiding large and spicy meals. Try warm milk at night and ask your doctor about various heartburn relief medications, some of which are safe during the second trimester of pregnancy. You can try drinking peppermint tea also.
With extra pressure on the diaphragm, you may be left being unable to breathe freely which can leave you feeling quite panicked and out of control. Try to rest often and use an extra pillow for support when you sleep.