5 Icky Side Effects of Pregnancy
Some side effects of expecting aren’t exactly pleasant—or meant for dinner conversation. Find help for these common conditions.
3. Yeast infections:
Because the vagina is an acidic environment, changes to the pH balance can decrease the population of protective bacteria in the area. Along with the increased amount of sugar in vaginal secretions that occur during pregnancy, it’s a recipe for yeast to flourish.
Redness, cottage-cheesy discharge and itching can signal an infection. They’re not considered a serious health threat to you or your baby, and anti-fungal medications can help. or, try a probiotic, such as Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic.
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During pregnancy, fluctuating levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin (which is also found in your gut) can cause your intestines to move in ways that expel gas in less-than-predictable times.
To quiet the storm, don’t gulp your food and avoid chewing gum (swallowing air can increase gas); try probiotics or anti-gas meds, such as simethicone, for gas pains; and avoid foods that cause gas (such as beans, cabbage, milk products, juice and carbonated beverages).
Hemorrhoids occur when veins near the anus bulge because of the relaxing effects of pregnancy hormones on the walls of the blood vessels. That, combined with heightened pelvic pressure from your expanding uterus and the straining from difficult bowel movements, can cause the blood vessels to distend and poke through the sphincter that keeps the anus closed. When you’re trying to move hard poop to the exit (if you’re constipated), those swollen hemorrhoid veins are scraped so they bleed and cause pain.
Drink more fluids, aim for 25 grams of fiber a day, or try taking a supplement of 200 milligrams of magnesium twice a day. To ease the pain of hemorrhoids, try soaking in a warm sitz bath with Epsom salts (use about 3 tablespoons in a full tub). Preparation H and Anusol are also safe to use.
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