6 Surprising Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Not Know
Pregnancy is an emotional time for any expectant mother . Sure it's exciting, and you can't wait to meet your new baby. But it can a...
1. Craving Non-Food Items
Cravings happen during pregnancy. Sometimes they are for wonderful tasting things like ice cream or burgers. Other times you may find yourself craving something you previously didn't like. It could be anything. But what happens when you start craving non-food items? It's more common than you realize to develop a craving for ice, chalk, and dirt amongst other things. It's known as Pica. There is plenty of information online about it if you find yourself in this situation. Don't worry.
2. Stuffy Nose
It's very common to suffer from a stuffy nose or a nose that won't stop running during pregnancy. You may feel constantly congested. Surprisingly up to 30 percent of pregnant women can struggle with it. So you are not alone if this is how you are feeling right now. It's down to the higher levels of estrogen in your body that cause mucus membranes to swell.
3. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are enlarged or swollen veins and are usually blue or purple. This can be down to poor circulation and your increased weight during pregnancy can cause them. It's not as common, but you may start to see them developing in your legs. You could consider leg vein treatment after you have had your baby to try and rectify the problem.
During pregnancy, your cardiovascular system is under added pressure. Your blood pressure can also be affected which could cause you to feel light-headed and dizzy from time to time. It's not necessarily something to worry about, but just be mindful of the added pressure your body is under.
5. Pins & Needles In Your Hands
You could begin to suffer from pins and needles in your hand, and your wrist. This could be down to added pressure on your nervous system. While it may not develop into anything to worry about, the best advice would be to get extra support for your hands and wrist as and when possible. For example, when sitting at a desk typing, you could have a wrist rest to take some of the pressure off.
6. Shortness Of Breath
Finally, many pregnant ladies begin to notice a shortness of breath during their pregnancy. It may even appear in the early stages. This is because your body need more oxygen during this time. You may be more aware of your breath.
I hope these symptoms have made you more aware of some of the other factors you may experience during your pregnancy journey.
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