Help… what’s happening to my body?
27 04 2013 • Mama Mio
Here’s the lowdown on strange pregnancy symptoms – the weird things that happen during the nine month s-t-r-e-t-c-h – and what you can do to feel a bit more like ‘you’ again…
Itchiness… is usually to do with increased blood supply, and later in pregnancy, because the skin is stretched. Moisturise – and make sure you use our Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil or Butter on you growing bump. Get any itchiness that lingers checked out though, particularly if it’s on your palms or feet.
Mood swings… can make pregnancy feel like an emotional rollercoaster. You can go from elated to tearful in a matter of seconds, and this can leave you feeling exhausted, especially if you think it’s affecting your relationship. If you feel upset and depressed all the time, speak to your GP or midwife.
Weird dreams… especially sexy ones, can make night time even more disturbed (along with those frequent trips to the loo!). They are probably due to hormones and the increased blood flow to your genitals. Try and enjoy them, but if they bother you, speak to your partner or midwife.
Cravings… are common in pregnancy. The most popular cravings are spicy foods, sour fruit and salty snacks and fizzy drinks. If what you’re craving is reasonably healthy, then go for it. But if it’s something that’s not even food, like coal or paint, it’s an absolute no – you could put your health and your baby’s at risk.
Super-senses… can make you find certain smells and tastes quite overwhelming. Try keeping a hanky sprinkled with a few drops of peppermint oil in your handbag to breathe in if you smell something that makes you feel nauseous, like strong perfume or takeaway food.
Nosebleeds… might surprise you if you don’t normally have them, and you might notice bleeding gums, too, especially when you brush your teeth. If your nosebleeds don’t stop fairly quickly and are frequent, get it checked out – and make sure you go to the dentist regularly.
Heartburn… is partly due to hormones relaxing the muscles so stomach acid can come up more easily. It can also be caused by upward pressure from the baby causing reflux, as well as the sensation of feeling bloated. Some women find that eating their main meal at midday provides relief.
Wind… is probably the least ‘ladylike’ of your strange pregnancy symptoms! It’s caused by the action of pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxing your digestive system. Try peppermint tea to aid digestion and relieve trapped wind. But if it’s a persistent problem or accompanied by pain, talk to your midwife.
What weird pregnancy symptoms are you having – or did you have? Tell us about them in the comments below!
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