5 Embarrassing Symptoms Of Pregnancy

Pregnancy – some women love it, others have a far more difficult time.Your body goes through tremendous changes in those nearly-ten months you carry your baby, resulting in a lot of niggles and uncomfortable conditions.
Here’s how to solve the more embarrassing ones.

Incontinence

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.

Top tips:

  • 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

This is probably related to your pregnancy diet – many healthier foods eaten in excess (we’re looking at you, beans!) cause gassiness, as do those commonly-craved unhealthy foods. Your pregnancy supplement could be making matters worse. Also, as your baby grows, space becomes tight in your belly, leading to pressure on your intestines.
Best advice:
  • 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

Constipation

This has similar causes to bloating and increased gas, so those tips may help too.
Try this advice:
  • 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

Piles (haemorrhoids)

Piles are dilated blood vessels around or in the anus – kind of like varicose veins on your bottom. They may itch and occasionally may cause you to bleed whenever you have a bowel movement. It’s mainly caused by the extra pregnancy weight and constipation.
Top tips:
  • 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.

Vaginal Discharge

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.