Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms (and What To Do About Them)

Remember that friend of yours- that perfect, lovely friend- the one who had all of those beautiful photographs taken of her when she was pregnant?  For years you dreamed of yourself being in that glowing spotlight, while using your beautifully manicured hands to hold your absolutely perfect baby bump.

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Then reality hit and you soon discovered that pregnancy had several aspects to it there were less than glamorous.  They were, in fact, completely embarrassing.  The following are some of the more common embarrassing pregnancy symptoms as well as what you can do to solve them.

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #1: Nausea

You are at work and have an important presentation to make.  You feel kind of nauseous.  That is one of the hardest pregnancy issues that pregnant women have to deal with.  This frequently occurs within the first trimester when many women still aren’t showing and haven’t shared the news with others yet.

The solution?

Make sure that your stomach is full. Eat something bland, such as saltine crackers, about every hour. It can really help.

Anti-motion sickness bands are another option. They are totally drug free, made out of knitted elastic and use acupressure to ease nausea. You need to wear them around your wrist while a little white knob places pressure on the inside of your wrist.

Anti-motion sickness bands are used for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, for morning sickness and motion sickness.

Other morning sickness remedies can be found here

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #2: Leaky breasts and itchy nipples

Such a great way of making a girl feel nice and feminine!

The solution?

Wear nursing pads and moisturize with a cream containing Vitamin E or cocoa butter.  You aren’t nursing yet, however those pads will keep your blouses clean and prevent you from getting embarrassed.  A good way to cover up the problem is to wear layers.

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #3: Hemorrhoids.

An easy way to prevent hemorrhoids is to drink lots of water and eat plenty of foods with high amounts of fiber. Drink lots of fruit juice also.

Avoid sitting for extended periods of time and don’t lift heavy objects (you shouldn’t do this while you are pregnant anyway).

Keep your anal area dry and clean and be sure to exercise on a regular basis.

If you do happen to get hemorrhoids, there are many over-the-counter medications you can use for treating them.  However, taking preventative measures can help you avoid getting the problem in the first place.

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #4: Gas and Burping

Do you feel that you are constantly having to stifle a burp or feel gassy all of the time?  Blame your growing baby! With space becoming tight in your growing belly your bowels and digestion system can become erratic, causing gas and bloating.

The solution?

Eat more often en eat slowly, taking small bites.

Avoid gas inducing foods like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beans, broccoli, apples and pears.

Avoid soda, especially when they contain artificial sweeteners

Take a walk after dinner if your doctor approves.

Try taking an antacid if your doctor okays it

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #5: Leaking Urine

Leaking urine is a potentially very embarrassing problem that some pregnant women suffer from.  This can be caused by the pressure being placed on your uterus by your growing baby.

The solution?

This problem can be decreased by doing Kegel exercises.  It involves contracting the muscles surrounding your vagina and then releasing them. Kegel exercises help to tighten up things down there and help to prevent leakage. Try to do 2-3 sets of 10 a day.

Using the restroom more often is another solution, and maybe leaning forward to ensure that all the urine is expelled.

Finally, you can wear a maxi pad to help prevent urine from leaking on your clothes.

Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptom #6: Constipation

Lately it seems you’re spending more and more time on the loo. It’s not just you though, most pregnant women suffer from constipation at some point in their pregnancy.

Constipation in pregnancy is caused by those all-over-the-place hormones slowing down your digestive system to allow more nutrients to your little one.

The solution:

Eat more fiber to get things moving. Up your intake of vegetable, fresh fruit and whole grains

Drink more water and try prune juice.

Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement or a gentle laxative. Avoid taking Dulcolax and castor oils, which may cause contractions.

Bottom line:

Most embarrassing pregnancy symptoms are really not that embarrassing, but completely normal. Don’t be afraid to consult your doctor with any concerns you may have. He or she has seen it all before.


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