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Changes to Expect After Conception: Not So Glamorous Pregnancy Truth

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We all have heard those time-honoured aphorisms like “motherhood is a blessing”, “there is no better feeling in heaven or earth than the movement of life inside you” but, little do we hear about the negative aspects related to pregnancy. In rare occasions, someone expresses the experiences, trauma and pains owing to the fear of being criticized, being unfairly judged against the social norms. Hence, today we have decided to focus on issues that are hardly ever discussed. Whilst backache, bleeding gums, headaches, deep vein thrombosis, heartburn, indigestion and itching are some common health problems, there are some more serious issues materialize with pregnancy.

Adverse Impact of DNA & Cell Exchange

During the prenatal period, the foetus and mother exchange DNA and cells that may linger in mother’s bone and blood for decades and this condition is known as foetal microchimerism. However, the research suggests it may cause adverse effects in mother’s health like increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases and cancer; however, this is still a topic of fierce debate and research.

Health problems during pregnancy

Faster Growth of Body Hair

Hollywood celebrity Adele once admitted in a concert that even after 4 years of her girl’s birth she had been dealing with unexpected side-effects like weird chin hairs and beard due to extreme secretion of testosterone in the body. The sudden change in thickness and texture of body hair happens as progesterone, the hormone found in expectant mother makes the dormant hair follicles alive. Besides, the heightened level of androgen secretion leads to faster hair growth. On the other hand, some of them may experience dry, brittle hair due to protein, iron or iodine deficiencies.

Foul Smell in Body & Vagina

A pregnant woman experiences an upsurge in basal metabolic rate and blood supply to the vagina and armpits which induces unpleasant odour. The increased blood flow towards vagina disrupts the pH balance, resulting in a doughy or gluey stench. However, if you face redness, burning or itching sensation or unusual discharge along with the whiff then yeast infection can be the cause. Ammonia-like reek in that place indicates the presence of bacterial vaginosis, which may cause preterm labour.

Bad Mouth Smell

Bad breath can be the aftereffect of gum disease that is associated with preterm labour; on the other hand, during pregnancy progesterone changes the angle between stomach and oesophagus that enables foul-smelling gastrointestinal juices to rise. Besides, often pregnant women experience rhinitis, which is stuffy nose, in such a condition continual inhalation and exhalation through the mouth dries up the saliva enabling malodorous bacteria to accumulate.

Pain of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins appear when blood flow from leg to other parts of the body decreases due to the augmented pressure in the pelvis. In unison to that progesterone causes vessel walls to slacken enabling them to swell. Haemorrhoids are another type of varicose veins that emerge in the rectum and cause constipation. Though generally it’s cured after 3-4 months of childbirth sometimes it requires medical intervention to alleviate the condition. Consult with the medical advisors for a solution and enrich your body with proper supplements, vitamins and necessary minerals.

Varicose pain during pregnancy


Skin Pigmentation

People talk about pregnancy glow but at the perinatal period, more than 70% of women suffer from dark patches on their face, mainly on cheeks and forehead due to Melasma, especially women with a darker complexion. Melasma is the effect of hormonal changes and amplified production of melanin.

Pregnancy Acne

Due to constant alteration in hormone levels many women suffer from acne during and after pregnancy. The increased secretion of androgens triggers the production of sebum that will consequently make the skin greasier and causes acne, the condition may aggravate with each passing day as you can’t take acne preventing medicine at this time.

Antenatal depression

7% to 20% of pregnant women are reported to suffer from prenatal depression that may lead to postpartum depression and out of guilt and embarrassment many women never speak their mind that only exacerbates the situation. Women who dared to talk about antenatal depression faced an enormous amount of social stigma. Still, you should reach out to a medical practitioner, talk about your feelings for a better health and emotional well-being of your baby.



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