Every pregnancy is unique and so are the pregnancy symptoms. Some of you may have all the conventional symptoms like morning sickness, backache, tender breasts, abdominal pain, etc, but your other friend may cruise along the pregnancy period with least of these discomforts.
During pregnancy, there are lot of changes happening within your body. This can result in some weird symptoms or a different feeling that you might not relate to pregnancy at all. But it is just the interplay of hormones that are in overdrive during these 9 months:
• Stuffy nose with feeling of cold: Though you are not sick, you might feel stuffed and blocked up. You might also start breathing through your mouth and snore. This is mainly due to the increased hormones and blood production that cause the mucous membranes to swell, dry and sometimes bleed. Remember to drink plenty of water and talk to your doctor about using nasal sprays. Try to sleep on your side and you can even prop up your head a bit high for relief.
• Excessive Salivation: You may start producing too much saliva , but it is not harmful for you or the baby. It may happen sporadically during periods of rapid hormonal fluctuation during the first and third trimesters. Drinking enough water and at times chewing gum may be helpful to manage excess salivation.
• Hyperpigmentation: You may notice dark patches on your skin, dark line on your belly or spider veins on your arms, darkening of nipples and areola etc. This is due to increased level of melanin and increased blood circulation. They usually disappear after childbirth, though some might stay longer.
• Sex drive: Sex drive can increase or decrease in the early weeks after conception. Extra blood flow to the breasts and genitals can increase sensitivity, sexual arousal and the desire for sex. However, for some, the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy with constant fatigue, morning sickness deters any feeling of sexual activity. Every woman will have a different experience and there is no need to worry about any changes in sex drive. However, communicate openly your feelings with your partner.
• Pregnancy dreams: You are not the only one if f your dreams have become particularly offbeat or different during pregnancy. Many pregnancy dreams are weird and the main reason are the hormone fluctuations and the internal feeling or conflict of coming in terms with the new role. Some of these pregnancy dream changes include having vivid dreams, nightmares, anxious and more intense dreaming, more frequent dreaming etc. Don’t panic with these changes and try to get a good night sleep. Talk to your doctor if the nightmares are interfering with your sleep or making you extra anxious.
• Bleeding gums: Hormonal changes can cause increased blood flow to the gums and oral cavity, which can lead to swelling and oversensitive gums. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice and cleaning your mouth well after each meal. Talk to your dentist if you develop excessive bleeding or gum infection.
• Change in voice: The changes in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy can result in a change in your voice when you speak or sing. It usually goes back to the original level after few months of childbirth.
• Racing heart: The extra blood in the body during pregnancy results in a heart rate that’s about 25 percent faster than usual. This can result in occasional heart palpitations, which feels like your heart is fluttering or beating extremely fast. These are normal and not harmful. However, you should seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing up blood, irregular pulse etc .
Remember- Pregnancy is unique and you might experience some very different symptoms than anyone else. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure of the problem or the symptoms are interfering with your daily activities.