Expect Symptoms in Pregnancy
Do you know the early symptoms of pregnancy? From nausea to fatigue, know what to expect.
There are many common symptoms in pregnancy. You may or may not experience every one of them. These are associated with the hormonal and physical change of pregnancy. It is important that you are aware of these symptoms so that you will not worry unnecessarily.
#1 Nose bleeds in pregnancy
Nose bleeds tend to occur more often due to the increased blood supply to the mucosa of the nose. This increased flow leads to increased pressure, which ruptures the delicate blood vessels. Nose bleeds are usually harmless and stop spontaneously.
#2 Headaches in pregnancy
It may be common to experience mild headaches due to stress or migraine. However, seek immediate medical attention if the headaches worsen despite painkillers. Other associated symptoms such as vomiting, vision blurring or weakness may suggest serious medical conditions. Also, headaches could be a sign of high blood pressure. Be wary.
#3. Aches and back pain in pregnancy
There is an increase elasticity of the ligaments to prepare for delivery. However, the joint instability can result in pain. The affected joints involve the back and pelvis (pubic bones). Occasionally, as the baby grows bigger, you may even experience some discomfort in rib cage. Aggravating factors include pre-existing back pain or excessive physical strenuous activities during your pregnancy.
#4. Constipation and bleeding in my stools
It is common to experience constipation and develop piles during your pregnancy. Both conditions can have blood in your stools. Nonetheless, do inform your doctor of any bleeding especially if it is persistent. A referral to the colorectal doc may be necessary.
#5. Navel (belly button) pain in pregnancy
Belly button (umbilical) pain is common. Your abdominal wall is the thinnest around the navel. This increased pressure due to pregnancy may cause sensitivity and pain in this area. This is harmless and will come and go.
#6. Blocked ears during pregnancy
This is due to swelling of the inner ears and block the ear tubes. Simple measures such as decongestants or nasal sprays prescribed by your doctor may be helpful.
Credit: Dr. Tan Thiam Chye, Pregnancy Singapore