7 Weird Things Pregnant Women May Experience

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Moles
Pregnancy is accompanied with moles but if the moles growing on your skin become larger, darker and raised, especially after child delivery, it may be an indication of skin cancer. Moles during pregnancy occur as a result of the circulation of the hormone oestrogen which puts the body’s cells in a state of growth. The moles should normally flatten out after delivery once the body’s hormone regularise. Post-delivery, the moles may lighten and flatten once your hormones settle down.

Bleeding Gums
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause an increase in the blood volume flowing to the tissues present in the gum. This will result in inflammation and sensitivity which makes the gum prone to bleeding especially when flossing or brushing. As such, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and dental care during pregnancy as poor oral hygiene may cause pre-term labour. Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day can help to prevent this. If there are any severe symptoms, a dentist should be the next port of call.

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Excess Saliva
Pregnant women will usually have their mouth drowning in saliva especially during the first trimester. The reason for this phenomenon is not exactly known but some researchers have ascribed it to the continuous vomiting and nausea that sets in early on. This symptoms can be alleviated by staying well hydrated and chewing gums to reduce the production of saliva.

Hair Growth
Some pregnant women have an increase in hair growth in their pubic region, legs, arms and sometimes on their face. This is due to an increase in the production of the male hormone – androgen. There’s also an increase in the production of the hormone -progesterone which helps the hair become lush by making them stay longer in the scalp than they would normally. The hair will go back to their normal state after delivery in almost all cases.

Periods
The early stages of pregnancy entails the embryo implanting itself into the lining of the uterus right about the time your next period should happen. This can result in mild uterine cramps and light bleeding which can last for up to 48 hours. This is fairly common and occurs in as much as 30 percent of all pregnant women. Bleeding may however occur as a result of a more serious condition which is why the severity should be monitored. If you require a change of tampons or pad every 2 to 3 hours, you may want to check in with your doctor.

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Itching
Having an itchy feeling is something that is common in the third trimester and is usually as a result of skin irritation. A recommended dose of antihistamines should normally take care of the itch and inflammation. It may however also be as a result of a more serious condition which is why it’s best to tell your doctor, especially if the prescribed drugs don’t work.

Poor Vision
Pregnancy may also weirdly affect the vision of women. This is usually because there is an increase in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone which increases the water content of the cornea of the eyes. The cornea acts as a lens and an increase in the water content affects vision. More so, women that use contact lens have also reported not been able to use them during pregnancy because of a change in the shape of their corneas during pregnancy. This weird phenomenon is however reversed a few months after child delivery.

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