When you’re pregnant, you can quickly become overwhelmed with information. From doctors to well-meaning strangers at the drug store, everyone has advice. Although most seems reasonable, there are some tidbits that stand out as weird – even bizarre – until they actually happen to you. Here are a few things I’ve read in pregnancy books that seemed suspect until I experienced them for myself.
Everyone talks about the luxury of pregnancy hair, but what some fail to mention is that after delivery a lot of those luxurious locks fall out. Increased hormone levels while pregnant prevent normal hair loss. Then, when levels return to normal after delivery, the extra you kept during pregnancy releases. The good news is that the hair loss should return to normal after a few months.
Thanks again to increased hormone levels, between 50 and 70 percent of pregnant women experience some level of pregnancy gingivitis. During my last dentist visit, my bleeding gums were the hygienist’s prompt to ask if I was expecting. Experts are showing links between gum disease and premature birth, so while it may be uncomfortable, it’s good to see your dentist while pregnant.
As an enthusiastic knitter, I was thrilled to find out we were expecting a winter baby. Oh, the stuff I was going to knit! Then swelling in my wrists due to pregnancy carpal tunnel made knitting too painful. Experts believe excess fluid may be the cause.
When you’re pregnant there are few things as relaxing as a hot shower – but beware. Many experts advise against hot showers to limit the risk of overheating (raising your body temperature above 102 degrees F.). Overheating in your first trimester can lead to neural tube defects and dehydration later in pregnancy.
As I have been experiencing for the last few weeks, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to be more frequent and more painful with subsequent pregnancies. The bad news is that this can be quite annoying, especially when chasing an energetic toddler. The good news? They do cause some cervical changes, making it likely that you will be further along once you make it to the hospital in real labor.
Many weird things that go on in your body during pregnancy can be attributed to the growing bundle of joy in your uterus. However, if you have specific questions about symptoms or advice you have read, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider.