3 Odd Pregnancy Symptoms (and How to Handle Them)!
i think we can all agree that obviously when you start growing a human inside of you, things are bound to change. that being said, i experienced 3 surprisingly odd pregnancy symptoms that are apparently pretty common amongst other pregnant ladies but i had no idea!
1) a stuffy nose
thankfully, this one hasn’t plagued me the whole time but for a while i thought a cold was just hanging on to me for way too long (much like that one ex-boyfriend of mine). thanks to pregnancy hormones, they make the membranes in your nose swell and your sinuses to clog up. isn’t that weird?!
moving to colorado mid-pregnancy definitely amped this up so we bought a humidifier and that seemed to help. it at least made me feel less dried out over all. when we bought it, my texan husband was like “i don’t get it. you want water in the air?!” my mom had a good explanation by saying that in houston, he probably had a DE-humidifier since the air there is so saturated with moisture. ha! another thing people have tried and worked for them is a neti-pot where you run water through your sinus or using a salt water nasal spray.
2) sensitive teeth and gums
this one took me by surprise. my teeth are generally low maintenance and my husband is the one that has to deal with extreme tooth sensitivity and receding gums, which sounds terrible for him. unfortunately tooth sensitivity like his is a lifelong condition but thankfully pretty easy to manage if you have the right stuff. i am of the firm belief that tooth pain is one of the very worst types of pain (i am sure i will cross this out and replace it with childbirth come august).
about two months into my pregnancy, i noticed that my teeth felt much more sensitive to cold air and sometimes sweet or sour things i ate. i also noticed that my gums were bleeding more but i hadn’t changed anything in my oral hygiene care. when i talked to my midwife about the symptoms of bleeding gums and more sensitive teeth, she said it was possibly thanks to the changing levels of those lovely hormones progesterone and estrogen. since pregnant women also create 40% more blood, there is more blood flowing through your body – including your gums. yet again, the “oh yeah, that happens when you’re pregnant” strikes again!
side note of a funny story from antarctica – someone from germany asked my husband and me if everyone in america whitens their teeth since our teeth are apparently “so white!” ha! we do not but i do make it a point to buy toothpaste with a whitening component because red wine is my drink of choice. apparently the sensitive parts of your teeth, dentin, could be eroded away by the abrasives found in many whitening toothpastes – the higher the abrasivity the greater your risk for dentin loss, and the more likely you are to experience increased tooth sensitivity.
if you’re a sensitivity sufferer but still want a whitening toothpaste, be sure to choose a low-abrasion formula that can help protect your sensitive teeth from further damage. there is good news because we have found something that manages to keep our teeth white (vanity is real) and more importantly manages tooth sensitivity (because pain is real). new Sensodyne® True White® has a proven active ingredient for sensitivity relief and an inactive ingredient that helps to give you whiter teeth with brushing your teeth twice a day. we should all be brushing our teeth twice a day…right? right! Sensodyne® True White® provides a gentle stain removal and active stain prevention that works to create a proactive shield to help prevent new stains*. what i love about the new Sensodyne® True White® toothpaste is that it’s perfectly 3oz and for us frequently travelers – we know that’s the magic number to be able to still carry-on your bag with liquids in it.
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3) change in vision:
this one is especially disconcerting because um…eyesight is pretty darn important! i found my eyesight getting a bit fuzzy and when typing on my computer or looking at my phone, things weren’t as crisp. sort of a big deal since 97% of my work is on a computer!
thankfully this symptom goes away on its own after pregnancy but how weird is it that by growing a baby your vision can change? it is also recommended not to get a new prescription for contacts or eye glasses when you’re pregnant (or Lasik!) since chances are it will change back to whatever your normal was before your had a baby in you.
when this got bad a few days in my first trimester, it was thankfully on the weekend. zoning out and watching TV weren’t an option because it made me feel sick since my eyes couldn’t focus. i downloaded an audiobook, which was perfect to help take my mind of other symptoms but still be engaged in something productive. i also found that my eyes were way more sensitive to light so i bought another pair of sunglasses to keep in my house for walks with the dog as well as a pair for the car.
those are my top 3 surprisingly odd pregnancy symptoms and hopefully some helpful tips on how to deal with them!
ladies who have been pregnant, did you experience these things too? people who haven’t – did you have any idea these things could happen? i was shocked!
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