Common problems during pregnancy that no one tells you about: Constipation, Pelvic pain, Varicose veins and more

Problems during pregnancy

Symptoms like tiredness, nausea, back pains, joint pains, constant urge to use the restroom, and constant hunger all considered to be par for the course during pregnancy. So really, everyone justs expects these. However, there are many more even more delightful (NOT!) side-effects of pregnancy that you don’t generally get to hear about.

Here, we have compiled a list of the lesser spoken about side effects of pregnancy just to help you prepare better and to help you be aware that you’re not alone.

  1. Pelvic pain - During pregnancy a woman's body undergoes many normal changes to prepare it for giving birth including releasing the hormone relaxin, which softens ligaments, muscles and tendons giving them greater flexibility. Sometimes, the joint that normally holds the two halves of a woman's pelvis together becomes totally separated, causing pain and backache when a woman is standing, walking and sitting.
  2. Emotional rollercoaster – Put together diva one moment, hot mess the next. Thanks hormones.
  3. Bleeding gums - Hormonal changes cause the gums of pregnant women to bleed more easily. Take care to brush and floss your teeth gently.
  4. Constipation - Fibre rich foods are great for combating constipation. So are eating fruits and vegetables with their peels on. Drink plenty of water too. And reduce coffee/caffeine intake.
  5. Haemorrhoids - the swollen and bulging veins in your bum, that improve after delivery. During pregnancy your expanding uterus puts greater pressure on the veins in your rectum making hemorrhoids worse.
  6. Pregnancy hair - Pregnancy hormones slow down hair loss. After giving birth, as your hormones slowly return to normal, you may find that your hair starts falling. Take a good multivitamin that has vitamin D & Bs. Also, eating fish like salmon, tuna or sardines twice a week, helps keep your locks lustrous.
  7. Hearing loss – Increased fluid volume in the inner ear from hormones can cause tinnitus or hearing loss in women with sinus.
  8. Nosebleed - Increased blood volume and pregnancy hormones affecting nasal tissue can trigger nosebleeds.
  9. Leaking breasts- Women's breasts usually increase in size, feel full and tender during pregnancy in order to prepare you for breastfeeding. Some women find that their breasts leak colostrum.
  10. Varicose veins - These are purplish/blue coloured and caused by your increased blood volume putting pressure on veins. They’re most frequently found as a clump on the backs of your calves almost looking like bruises.