Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant

When you're expecting your first child, it may seem as though everyone from loved ones to strangers has nuggets of wisdom to share. However, here's what they don't tell you.

Congestion

Sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion? Although this may sound like a typical cold or sinus infection, you may be suffering from pregnancy rhinitis. Rhinitis is a common condition that women experience at any point during pregnancy that alleviates itself after delivery.

The following tips can help you find some relief during pregnancy:

  • Avoid over-the-counter decongestants
  • Use a humidifier in your home
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Elevate your head while sleeping with an extra pillow

Sore Breasts

As your hormones continue to fluctuate throughout pregnancy, your breasts will undergo changes as your body prepares for lactation. Along with growth and enlargement, it is also common to experience breast tenderness and hypersensitivity, which can be very uncomfortable and even painful.

These tips can help to alleviate breast pain and give you a little more comfort throughout pregnancy:

  • Wear a bra with wide shoulder straps
  • Avoid underwire bras
  • Sleep in a cotton sports bra at night
  • Buy a supportive bra with adjustable straps

You May Get Sweaty

While your body is going through a continuous change throughout pregnancy, your body’s ability to regulate temperature can be thrown out of wack. This can generally be attributed to the following:

  • Change in hormones
  • Increased blood flow
  • Low blood sugar
  • Reaction to medication

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to determine a potential cause and treatment options.

Unexpected Peeing

Many women experience incontinence, or urine leakage, during pregnancy. This is especially true when you cough, sneeze, and laugh. This is because there is additional pressure on your bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor throughout pregnancy. To combat this, you can do kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Smell Sensitivity

When you’re pregnant, smells that were once enjoyable can become nauseating and intolerable. Although further research needs to be done to figure out the exact cause of this heightened sensitivity, studies have shown that hormonal changes may be responsible for this odor hypersensitivity.

The following tips can help you cope with your new-found sensitive sense of smell:

  • Take note of what smells trigger your nausea
  • Keep baking soda in your fridge to neutralize odors
  • Carry a scented product with you like a lip balm or hand lotions which can help you mask other smells nearby
  • Opt for fragrance-free products

Obstetrics in Vincennes, IN

At Good Samaritan, we offer comprehensive care for women who are starting or growing a family. Because a mother’s health is critical to the health of her baby and family, your doctor and our highly trained nursing staff will combine the latest technology and treatments with sensitivity and individualized care. To learn more about our women's health services, call us today at 812-885-8500.

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