8 Side Effects of Pregnancy That You Should Be Aware of

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Thinking about starting a family? It may seem daunting at first, but it’s one of the most fulfilling things that a couple can do today. Unfortunately, the process of starting a family can be filled with complications. Although most of us hope for a smooth pregnancy and delivery, there could be issues that pop up when we least expect them to. So to help you out, we’ve put together a brief list of 8 side effects that you might experience during pregnancy.

1. Excess gas

An increase in gas during the first trimester is actually fairly common. This is because of an increase of progesterone which relaxes your intestines, causing your body to retain more gas and potentially cause discomfort.

2. Changes in foot size

Many women have reported changes in their foot size during pregnancy. The arch of the foot tends to lose height during pregnancy, causing the foot to grow up to 10mm in length.

3. Changes in breast appearance

Due to the increase of estrogen and progesterone in your body, your nipples may stick out slightly and the area around the nipple (known as the areola) may seem a little darker. Some believe this is to make it clear where your baby should feed, but this isn’t exactly confirmed.

4. Restless Leg Syndrome

One of the stranger side effects of pregnancy is actually a restless leg. This causes your leg to twitch with often uncomfortable feelings. This guide on restless leg syndrome during pregnancy by 8 Sheep Organics is a great place to start learning more. It often happens due to an increase in estrogen or a lack of folic acid and iron.

5. Itchy skin

Due to an increased supply of blood to the skin, you may experience some minor itching throughout your pregnancy. This isn’t something to worry about, but if it does turn into a rash then you may need to speak with a healthcare professional or change your skincare routine to improve your skin.

6. Changes to your skin

In addition to getting itchy, you might find that the skin around your lips, nose, cheekbones and forehead can change in color. It may get darker or lighter, and this is often referred to as a pregnancy mask. This is caused by changes in skin pigmentation known as melasma or chloasma.

7. Breakouts of acne

Most women experience some minor acne breakouts during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. This causes more natural oils to be produced which can clog your pores and lead to acne that is most often around your chin.

8. Bleeding gums

Lastly, you might also experience a couple of oral changes during pregnancy. The most common change is bleeding gums. This is often known as pregnancy gingivitis and is caused by the increased production of progesterone. This makes it even more important to take care of your teeth during pregnancy.

Hopefully, this list has given you an idea of what side effects to expect during pregnancy. It’s important to be aware of these effects in the event that you (or your partner) encounter them so you know the appropriate response.

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