Written by Sadie Wirthlin
Pregnancy is a new experience for any woman’s body, and many symptoms often bring up questions. There are a few well-known expectancies like weight gain and morning sickness, but with all of the hormonal changes, some unexpected symptoms can also occur. When this happens, there’s typically no need to fear, since most of these symptoms happen as the body undergoes additional strain. Women should talk with their doctors about any and all symptoms, but here are some common symptoms that are typically nothing to worry about.
Excess Vaginal Discharge
Dr. Kelly Kasper, board-certified OB-GYN, stated that an increase in vaginal discharge might happen due to hormonal changes. The color should be white or light yellow. If it is not either of these, or if a woman is experiencing any itchy or watery discharge, she should contact her doctor. These signs could indicate a yeast infection or a leakage of amniotic fluid.
Spotting during pregnancy can occur due to more blood being pumped into the cervix or from the embryo implanting itself in the uterine lining. Statistics show that 20-40% of women spot during their first trimester. Registered nurse and author of Common Sense Pregnancy, Jeanne Faulkner, says that spotting is nothing to freak out about, but do take precautions. Light pink or brown blood is normal, but bright red blood or a heavy flow can indicate a miscarriage or other problems.
Bloody Noses and Bleeding Gums
When pregnancy hormones increase, the blood vessel supply also increases throughout the body. As a result, the tissues in the nose and the gums can become hypersensitive. Some tips: use a soft bristle toothbrush and run a humidifier at night to keep the nasal passage moist.
Sometimes excess skin growths can appear on areas of the body during pregnancy. This is common around four to six months. Doctors still don’t know why these skin tags appear, but it’s believed they could form due to weight gain and hormone changes. Dr. Doris Day, board-certified dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift, says that skin tags typically fall off after pregnancy, but sometimes they have to be removed by a dermatologist.
Varicose Veins in the Legs and Vulva
Blood circulation to the lower part of the body can become difficult during pregnancy. Due to uterus and baby growth, your blood volume increases and adds a lot of pressure to large blood vessels. This pressure results in blood pools that create varicose veins, most commonly found in the legs and vulva during pregnancy. To lower your risk of developing varicose veins while pregnant, try to not gain more than the recommended weight and walk every day to increase circulation. If varicose veins do appear, wearing spandex pants or compression hose can help relieve the discomfort.
Other “no need to worry” symptoms include: racing heart or a pumping sensation in the ear, dark nipples, numbness and tingling, pain in the wrist, and scary dreams. If any of these or other symptoms are concerning, talk to your doctor to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Source: 10 Strange Pregnancy Symptoms that are Nothing to Worry About. Julie Relevant. May 22, 2016. Foxnews.com