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szdaily -> Lifestyle -> 
The Weird and Unusual Side of Pregnancy
    2018-03-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DOESN’T matter if you are a man or a woman. Doesn’t matter how old you are and it definitely doesn’t matter if you are planning on a pregnancy, already pregnant and well along the way or just had an “Oops! Honey-I-am-pregnant” moment. This little list is for all of you. Now there are a lot of things that we all know about pregnancy, like the changes it brings to a woman’s body and the effects it has on the dynamics of a couple’s relationships, but there are some lesser known, maybe not-so-scary facts about this life-changing event and I would like to share a few of them with you.

Snoring — Even if you have never snored in your entire life before, chances are you may become a snorer and at that a loud one, as early as from your second trimester on. It is usually caused by the swelling of the mucous membrane which is caused by — you guessed right — the surging hormones. However, excessive weight gain can also be a contributing factor and I don’t need to say this but it can cause much bigger problems than just snoring.

What can you do about it — There are a number of things you can do to at least minimize your snoring troubles. Try sleeping on your side and using an extra pillow; it will help keep your nasal passage ways clear. Also try using a humidifier with some essential oils, and keep your carb intake in-check.

Do I have a cold? — Remember those surging hormones making your mucous membranes swell? They will also give you a congested or a runny nose. You may feel like you have a cold but it is just the pregnancy.

What can you do about it? Sadly there is nothing much you can do about it but you will have to be careful as your immunity system is not operating at its full strength. Your chances of actually catching a cold or flu are higher than before, so let someone else bring the soup to your sick friend for now. You have your baby to think about.

Hair, hair everywhere — You will grow hair in places where there shouldn’t even be hair follicles. To name a few, your face including your chin, neck, cheeks (yes, some of you may grow what can actually be classified as a beard). Your breasts, back and even stomach may get hairy, and oh, remember how you could get away with shaving or waxing your arms and legs only once a month or even less? Those days are gone, sweetheart. Those hairs will come back faster than ever before and will come back with a vengeance... and by that I mean denser.

What can you do about it? Nothing that you can do during pregnancy but most of you will get your normal almost hair-free body back soon after delivery. Once your hormone levels return to normal, those stray hairs will go bye-bye.

Nosebleeds — The blood volume of a pregnant woman’s body increases by 30-50 percent and to accommodate the increased flow, the blood vessels expand, putting more than the usual amount of pressure on those delicate blood vessels in your nose. Result: nosebleeds. For some it may be limited to only when they sneeze or blow their congested nose, and for others it may be occasional minor bleeds.

What can you do about it? Stay hydrated, and don’t let your body get too hot — it will only increase the chances of nosebleeds. Other than that, there is nothing much you can do about them. The occasional nosebleed is harmless but if they become too frequent, talk to your doctor about it.

The trapped farts hurt — Your baby is fine, there is no problem with your pregnancy, but you are still having sharp pains in your abdomen, mostly on your left side and then you realize that you haven’t been farting much lately. But wait a minute, don’t pregnant women fart a lot? It’s your growing bundle of joy putting pressure on your abdomen, trapping that air in your gut and causing that pricking pain.

What can you do about it? The simplest solution is to use those maternity belts. They won’t only elevate the pressure from your abdomen, but will also provide additional support to your back if and when your little one becomes too much for your back to handle.

The drool phase — For some it may be during the first, for some during the third, and for a few unfortunate ones it will be throughout the entire pregnancy. The soon-to-be mama may find herself waking up with a drool-soaked pillow sticking to her cheek or may accidentally spit on someone while talking. Blame the hormones, blame the nausea (though it’s the hormones that are causing the nausea so actually just blame the hormones).

What can you do about it? Nothing much. Just stay hydrated, and be more vigilant about your oral hygiene and swallow frequently. And when you can’t swallow, spit it out.

Voice changes — Unfortunately, the change in your voice — especially your singing voice — is not due to a bad throat. It is, once again, the crazy hormones causing the swelling of your vocal cords and the change in your voice.

What can you do about it? Nothing. It may take a few months but once you have delivered your baby, you will have your own voice back that you remember and love.

Dark and scaly skin — You may find your skin tone darker by a tone or two or patches of dark or dry skin not only on your face but your arms, breast and abdomen as well. What is happening? It’s the hormones and also the extra melanin produced by your body.

What can you do about it? Moisturize every day. If you don’t have a skin care regime yet, start now but follow it regularly. Pamper yourself with a facial massage and scrub now and then.

A few more pregnancy symptoms that may take you by surprise are bleeding gums, bad breath, hot flashes, weird aches and pains and increased libido (though this is not really a bad one), especially if you are a first time to-be parent. But I believe both the mother-to-be and the father who is on the receiving end of the intense mood swings brought on by these sudden changes in his partner will benefit from remembering that all these changes are temporary and will disappear soon if not immediately after the baby is born. Pregnancy is a biological wonder and once you have your little one in your arms, all safe and sound, the troubles of those nine months would seem trivial or at least worth it. (Priyanka Sharma)

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