Being newly pregnant is a wild and exciting ride. It can thrill you one minute and terrify you the next, even if it’s not the first time you’re up the duff, each pregnancy can be different!
It’s often hard to know where to turn and to know what is normal and what isn’t?
So here are some of the symptoms, no one will tell you about…but that you should know;
- Spotting- while it’s not considered ‘normal’ it is considered to be very common. It can vary from red to brown in colour and should be light (as in not as heavy as a period). A lot of women spot in the early weeks of pregnancy and go on to have healthy babies, but all spotting should be checked by a doctor. There is also some more great info on spotting here
- Cramping- our uterus is doing it all of the time, but we seem to be accutely aware of it once we find out we are pregnant. Any severe cramping should be referred to your doctor.
- Constipation and wind- An increase in that lovely hormone ‘relaxin’ doesn’t discriminate and can effect your intenstines, making passing wind a new hobby. While your growing uterus can put pressure on your stomach and bowels making constipation a real issue. There are a lot of remedies which can help relieve your discomfort and this article is a great resource.
- Varicose veins- again, these can pop up everywhere and by everywhere I mean everywhere. About 4 per cent of women end up with them in their vulva. Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done, and they do tend to go away post birth. However support tights such as the SRC brand are said to help with the discomfort.
- Pimples and acne- again we can blame those wonderful hormones for our teenager-like skin. Most GP will recommend avoiding harsh acne treatments while pregnant, so stick to your usual skincare routine and know that again, the pimples will most likely dissapear post-labour.
- Round ligament pain- These ligaments surround your uterus and pelvis and thicken to accomodate growth. With that though can come some nasty stabbing like pain when you cough, stand up too quickly, or just roll over in bed. Warm baths, laying with a pillow under your belly or just resting until they pass, can help.
- Carpal tunnel- tingling, pins and needles, sharp pain or numbness are all symptoms of carpal tunnel. Pregnancy swelling can put pressure on nerves causing the problem. Acupuncture, sleeping with your hand elevated (on a pillow ) and shaking your hands frequently can help.
The good news is, that the majority of these symptoms will resolve themselves after your beautiful baby arrives, and will soon be a distant memory. Of course if you have any concerns, you should always contact your GP or OB.
For more information on pregnancy check out my eBook on ‘What I wish I knew about Pregnancy’ right here