Don’t get me wrong, pregnancy is a beautiful feeling. But pregnant women might have to deal with not-so-beautiful things during their pregnancy. We see women flaunting their baby bump and raving about their pregnancy glow in their Instagram feed. But there’s more to pregnancy than what catches the eye. Continue reading to know the 12 unfortunate things that might happen when you are pregnant.
1. You Might Get Varicose Veins
They are veins that are enlarged and can be mostly seen in the legs (1). But they can occur in the buttocks and vaginal area as well. Varicose veins are generally benign.
2. Morning Sickness
Nausea and vomiting are experienced by 70-80% of pregnant women (2). It is one of the most unpleasant experience for every woman who deals with it during her pregnancy.
3. Pregnancy Brain
That is definitely a good way to look at it. You might forget what you were doing in the middle of doing it. Forget why you came to the room. Freeze and stand in the middle of the living room wondering why you were there in the first place. But you can turn things in your favor by sitting down with a tub of ice cream and watching your favorite TV show.
4. Where Is The GLOW, Please?
People naturally assume that you will get the most beautiful glow to your face when you are pregnant. But that’s not always the case. On the downside, you might end up with acne.
5. The Pee Machine
Pregnancy can make you dread your bladder. They will be your worst enemy. Did you pee a few minutes ago? It doesn’t matter. You might have to go again. You might even pee a little every time you cough, sneeze or laugh (3).
6. Craving The Inedible
Though less common, you might crave inedible things during your pregnancy like dirt, toothpaste, soap, among other things (4). Talk to your doctor if you crave for anything weird. The struggles of being pregnant!
7. Hot Flashes
Do you feel like jumping into a pool of ice cold water? Don’t sweat it (literally), it’s just hot flashes. Yes, we know you have not hit menopause yet. But you might experience hot flashes during your pregnancy (5).
8. The True Reality
We totally agree with Carly here. It’s okay to admit that for some, being pregnant may not be as blissful as you might have thought. You don’t need to be guilty to say it out loud.
9. The Shitty Things That Happen
Your body is going through a ton of changes and it may affect your vaginal discharge as well (6). The best thing you can do is be aware of what’s normal and what’s not. Don’t be your own doctor and consult a healthcare provider if there is a change in the normal discharge.
10. Hello There, Heartburn!
Heartburn is common during pregnancy (7). But the good news is that you can avoid heartburn by following some simple tips like eating smaller frequent meals, avoiding greasy, spicy food, and waiting for an hour after having your food to lie down.
11. Pooping Can Be A Tedious Task
Almost half of the pregnant women feel constipated at some time or the other during their pregnancy. Sometimes even the iron supplements you take may lead to constipation. Make sure you eat fiber-rich foods and drink plenty of water during your pregnancy (8).
12. The Unevenness
We are not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing though. A blessing in disguise, maybe?
Between the hot flashes, the sweating and the peeing, pregnancy may not be smooth sailing for you. But it will all be worth it when you get to see the tiny little face of your baby and hold them in your arms for the first time.