When you find out your pregnant, it’s a matter of course to inform your doctor and be told about your scans alongside the general information about what to eat and avoid, and how to look after yourself.
However, there are many (many) more delights that can come along with a positive pregnancy test that people don’t always talk about or show you in the movies.
Here are 10 of the top pregnancy side effects and symptoms to give you a heads up. But don’t worry, as every woman has a different pregnancy experience, they may not occur to you at all!
- Sore boobs: One of the first pregnancy symptoms that many women experience. The reason is that extra blood flow, fat production and hormones all make for tender boobs especially in the first few weeks. At the same time your nipples may protrude and your areolas may darken.
- Morning sickness: The most common misconception as it doesn’t necessarily just happen in the morning (or just in the first trimester), it can be accompanied by heartburn or alternatively, you may not even be sick at all!
- Eating, constantly: Although in the first trimester especially, eating may be the last thing on your mind due to sickness, you may feel hungry, all the time. Eating small amounts often is recommended as opposed to the traditional three meals a day.
- Bleeding Gums: Progesterone is the culprit. Bleeding gums are a fairly common side effect of pregnancy and isn’t normally cause for concern.
- Itchiness: Anywhere can suddenly become itchy (common places include back, tummy, breasts) and is caused by the increased blood supply to the skin.
- Bleeding: In the early weeks of pregnancy (especially if you have IVF or fertility treatment), a little spotting or bleeding is very common. As many as one in five mums-to-be with a successful continuing pregnancy have some sort of bleeding in the first trimester.
- Heightened sense of smell: Smells that may have never bothered you before (like fish or nail varnish) may suddenly become prudent and make you feel queasy. Unfortunately there is only one way to find out and then stay clear!
- Baby brain: Not necessarily one that waits to the third trimester to become apparent.
- How often you need the toilet: right from early on! Make sure on every journey you leave plenty of room for the number of stops you may want to make.
- Perhaps the biggest realisation of all - it’s not nine months - technically, it’s 10, 40 weeks. Enough said.
Whilst mild incidences of many of these issues are common, if you do have any concerns (especially when it comes to bleeding) we would always advise you to see your GP / midwife, if nothing else for pure peace of mind.
We’d love to hear what you found out in pregnancy that you weren’t told, and perhaps came as a welcome (or unwelcome) surprise!
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