You know, it does not really matter if you have ever been pregnant before because every pregnancy is going to be different, whether you compare it with any of your sister or friend or you compare it with your earlier one. Just like every child is different, every pregnancy is going to differ. My only point to tell you this is that you should not get concerned unnecessarily.
Even though we have established the fact that every pregnancy is different, yet I have some common things that you all might experience.
So let’s talk about them today.
Your cervix (the bottom portion of your uterus) sits at the top of your vagina and produces the majority of your vaginal fluid (discharge). In pregnancy, the blood flow to your uterus and cervix is increased by 3 fold. Your cervix is very sensitive to hormonal changes in pregnancy. This combination can cause the cervix to produce significantly more discharge in pregnancy.
New Pregnancy Means New Symptoms
If you are on your second or third pregnancy, you can witness completely different symptoms and complications altogether as compared to your first one. Just like all your children are different, in a similar manner all your pregnancies are going to be different.
Varicose Veins of the Vulva
We’ve all seen the blue road maps of varicose veins on our grandmother’s calves, and most of us are aware that they might show up on our own calves as a side effect of pregnancy. But what most women don’t realize is that you can get varicose veins in other places during pregnancy, including the vulva. Varicose veins of the vulva look like ropy purple lumps. The vulvar veins often swell throughout the day and can cause the vulva to increase 2-3 times their normal size. The good news is that they do not interfere with delivery (even when they are huge) and they usually get better postpartum; the bad news is they can be hard to treat during pregnancy.
There are quite a few types of tired and then there’s the mother of all tired: ‘the first trimester of pregnancy tired’. That tiny fetus can suck the energy out of you and can make you feel like you ran a marathon every day. It’s common for women in their first trimester to sleep 10-12 hours at night and still feel like they need a nap the next day. There’s not a lot you can do to treat the fatigue other than taking your vitamins, drink lots of water, and rest when you can. Be patient, though, your energy does return in the second trimester.
Leg cramps can sometimes lead to miserable sleepless nights during the seemingly endless third trimester. To soothe your calf spasms, stay hydrated, massage your legs, and stretch before bed. You may also want to try eating a banana before bed or taking a magnesium supplement to relax your muscles.
These nine months of your life can be the most annoying ones but at the same time, it’s a whole different level of love and energy that you would feel towards a person whom you have never seen before but is going to be your own flesh and blood.
I wish you all the best for your sweet journey!