In the previous article, out of ten, we covered five things that nobody tells about pregnancy. Are you ready to know more?
6) Constipation during Pregnancy
The increase of progesterone in your body during pregnancy is one of the culprits to causing constipation. This hormone relaxes the muscles which include your intestines, causing your digestion to slow down. Hence, causing a Poop-Jam. You will usually start feeling constipated during the second month of your pregnancy when the progesterone levels start to increase. It could gradually get worse as your uterus becomes bigger. You might also experience hemorrhoids due to constipation. Seek doctor’s advice if there is pain or bleeding. Other than that, eat more fiber, drinks lots of water, do not control your bowel movement, take in more probiotics such as yogurt. Never ever take laxatives on your own, especially herbal or homemade ones. Laxatives can cause dehydration and stimulate uterine contractions. Ask your doctor if you need medicinal relief for constipation.
7) Gestational Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes develops during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes, it causes blood sugar to increase to high levels. Glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream so that it can fuel the cells and get converted into energy with the help of insulin. However, when your body does not produce enough insulin, the cells have a problem absorbing the glucose. Resulting in gestational diabetes. Women who are above 25 years old and have a family history of diabetes can be at risk. There is no way to know if you will get gestational diabetes. That is why during your prenatal checkups, your doctor would ask you to do an oral glucose tolerance test early in your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can be dangerous to you and your baby if left undiagnosed. It can be kept under control with healthy and balanced eating habits and pregnancy-friendly exercise. Talk to your doctor if you have any doubts.
8) Roller Coaster Mood Swings
Mood swings are common during pregnancy. But did you know they can get out of control? You are already supporting someone during the pregnancy. Your body faces a lot of physical changes. Due to these changes, your emotional health is also affected. One minute you can feel very happy, the next minute you can be chewing someone’s head off (especially your husband’s head), or cry for apparently no reason. It would feel like a roller coaster ride. For some women, it can lead to antenatal depression. It is important to have a heart to heart talk to someone if you feel depressed (Husbands take note). Remember you are not alone.
9) Horny or Not
Pregnancy can cause an increase in your libido due to a surge of hormones. It is normal to feel horny during your pregnancy. For some women, they can think about sex all the time and even have wet dreams. It is important to talk to your doctor if it is safe for you to have sexual intercourse. However, for some women, it is the direct opposite. They become asexual. Open up on how you feel to your partner. Do not blame yourself for the loss of libido. Your body sure works in weird ways.
10) Weird Cravings
Everybody knows a pregnant woman gets cravings during the duration of pregnancy. But did you know some of the cravings are downright weird? Its ok to get cravings. These cravings usually indicate that you are lacking something in your body. For example, craving for chocolates or ice-cream indicates that you might be lacking sugar. You might love to eat fish but during your pregnancy, you might develop a dislike to fish. Nobody knows why this happens but it happens anyway. There are also women who crave for non-edible items like electronics. One lady said she wanted an iPhone so badly that she was only satisfied after her husband got her one. If you have cravings to eat non-edible items, please consult your doctor.
We have only touched ten. However, there are more things that can happen when you are pregnant. This article is not to scare you about pregnancy. It is more for you to gain knowledge of what are the things you might face when there is a baby growing in you. There are many women who are still oblivious to what pregnancy would be like.