5 Embarrassing Symptoms Of Pregnancy
Leaking urine during pregnancy, especially when laughing, coughing or sneezing, is completely normal – but still embarrassing and uncomfortable. The hormone progesterone helps your pelvic muscles to relax, so when you make those sudden movements, sometimes urine escapes too. It doesn’t help that your growing baby is putting pressure on your bladder.
- Do Kegel exercises (contract your pelvic floor muscles, as if you’re trying to hold in a pee) several times a day
- Go to the bathroom regularly
- Wear panty-liners to minimise embarrassment, but remember to change them frequently
Bloating and increased gas
- Eat smaller meals of simple ingredients
- Avoid dairy and grain foods, fermented foods like pickles, and rich fatty foods
- Leave your pregnancy supplement for a day or two to see if it’s the cause, and if it is, try another brand
- Eat at least 5 pieces of fruit a day
- Drink 1,5–2l of water a day
- Sip a cup of boiling water first thing in the morning and last thing at night
- Prioritise enough time to go to the toilet when nature calls – by suppressing, you could be drying up the stools
- Exercise, or go for a brisk walk for at least 20 minutes a day
- Take the tissue salt remedies Calc fluor and Ferrum phos three times a day, and the Sister Lilian remedy Rescue Digest
- Follow all the above tips for constipation
- Take care not to pick up unnecessary weight
- If the piles are painful or bleed, see your doctor who will be able to prescribe some cream, or on rare occasions, operate.
This differs from woman to woman, but generally, vaginal discharge may be a bit thicker than before pregnancy, and there’s more of it. However vaginal discharge should be clear to slightly white. It will increase even more in the two weeks before Baby is due, as the mucus plug in your cervix starts to thin.
Take these tips to heart:
- Wear cotton underwear – its more breathable and absorbent
- You can wear a panty-liner, but change it frequently
- See the doctor if it itches, burns or smells bad, as you may have a vaginal infection.