Discover the secrets of pregnancy: surprising symptoms that nobody talks about!

Pregnancy is a unique experience, but it’s often full of symptoms that aren’t properly discussed. In addition to nausea and tiredness, there are other symptoms that are often overlooked.

Today we’re going to talk about some of them with the main aim of promoting its awareness, so that pregnant women can have a faster and more effective approach with the health professionals who accompany them, guaranteeing more complete support during pregnancy, and thus minimizing their effects and increasing well-being during pregnancy.

Pruritus (itching)

As we’ve said, there are a number of symptoms that are often overlooked. One of them is intense itching. Although this symptom isn’t the most glamorous, it can happen for a number of reasons.

It’s common to feel itching all over the body, which can come not only from the fact that the skin is stretching, but also from the fact that there is an increase in blood flow during pregnancy, which causes this sensation.

It is important, however, to be able to distinguish normal itching from intense itching. Normal itching is usually localized and tends to go away, whereas intense itching can be felt all over the body and will affect your quality of life on a daily basis. [2]

If you experience localized itching during pregnancy, there are a few things you can do to alleviate this sensation a little:

  • One is to keep the skin hydrated by applying moisturizing cream daily and drinking water regularly;
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton;
  • Avoid bathing in very hot water, as this tends to irritate the skin more;
  • If you feel discomfort, apply cold water compresses to relieve it.

However, if the itching becomes intense, persistent and spreads to the whole body, then it is essential to contact your doctor so that they can carry out a full assessment of the symptoms. [1]

Vision deviation

Another little-mentioned symptom is related to changes in vision.

This symptom is often frightening for mothers, as it appears without any warning and can range from blurred vision to difficulty focusing. These changes tend to occur due to hormonal variations and fluctuations in eye pressure. These symptoms tend to disappear after pregnancy.

This method can be used whenever necessary, but it is essential that the heat is not applied directly to the skin.

If you find yourself in this situation, in addition to talking to your pregnancy care provider, there are some things you can do to improve your vision, such as resting your eyes, practicing light visual exercises and avoiding environments that have adequate lighting control. [3]

It’s important to know that although these deviations are considered normal, there are others that may indicate a more worrying pathology. For example, if you start to see spots in your vision, this could be a sign of pre-eclampsia. In this situation, it is important to recognize other symptoms that can accompany this pathology, such as headache, swelling and high blood pressure. [4]

In both cases, essential medical monitoring and open communication with health professionals can not only prevent borderline situations, but also promote a more peaceful pregnancy.

Heart palpitations

Heart palpitations are a manifestation that often goes unmentioned. They are described as a feeling that the heart is beating harder, faster or irregularly. Although they are alarming, in most cases heart palpitations are considered normal and occur due to two factors: the hormonal changes typical of pregnancy and the fact that there is an increase in blood volume during this phase, which forces the heart to beat faster. [1] There are some measures you can take to feel better when heart palpitations occur and prevent them from happening again, such as:

  • One is to keep the skin hydrated by applying moisturizing cream daily and drinking water regularly;
  • Avoid excessive coffee consumption;
  • Keep hydrated;
  • Regulate physical activity.

It’s important to note that although heart palpitations are mostly harmless, if they are accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness, it’s essential to contact your doctor immediately for assessment. [3]

Whatever the situation, it is always important that you communicate with the health team that is monitoring you to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Pain in the pelvis

The pelvic region undergoes major changes during pregnancy and often causes symptoms that can be worrying at first. As there is an increase in tension caused by the baby’s increased weight, as well as a relaxation of the joints resulting from the release of a hormone called relaxin, the pelvic area can become painful and quite uncomfortable. [3]

This pain can vary from mild to intense and can also vary in the specific area, i.e. it can be lateral, frontal or rear.

Typically, it’s a completely normal pain and there are a few ways to help ease the discomfort on a daily basis:

  • Avoid staying in the same position for too long;
  • Perform pelvic strengthening exercises;
  • Apply heat;
  • Massage.

Although this discomfort is common, it’s not supposed to affect your day-to-day life to the point where you can’t move. Therefore, communicating quickly with your healthcare team in order to find help when you feel the need is of the utmost importance.

Conclusion

Pregnancy is a time of life that is full of psychological changes, but also physical ones. While many of these changes are to be expected, and are even much talked about, there are some that are surprising and not so much discussed. Some of these are itching, deviation in vision, heart palpitations and pain in the pelvis. It’s important to be aware that these symptoms exist so that you’re not taken by surprise, and so that you can take steps to experience your pregnancy in a healthier way.

Gamine is here to help you on your journey, so if you have any questions you can always get in touch with our team!

However, it is always important to remember that, in all cases, communication with the health team that is monitoring you is essential for an assessment of the specific situation and the adoption of appropriate measures to ensure well-being during pregnancy.

References
  1. Rodrigues, Catarina, 2021; Cholestasis gravidarum – diagnostic and therapeutic approach
  2. Saint Louis University of School of Medicine, 2021
  3. Burti, Juliana & Andrade, L. & Caromano, Fátima. (2006). Physiological adaptations to the gestational period. Physiotherapy Brazil. 7.. 375-380. 10.33233/fb.v7i5.1935.
  4. Main Line Health System, 2022