Three of the Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems and What To Do About Them

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Maternity

Being pregnant can be a very different experience for each mom. Some expectant mothers rejoice at the news they are with child and have that ever-illuminating glow from day one that never seems to fade. Others, like me, end up with some very horrible nausea, constipation, and general discomfort that make the whole childbearing experience not so glamorous.

For those who expected that dewy skin and gorgeous bump but were left with extra gas – what is a girl to do? Here is the lowdown on those blush-worthy pregnancy issues that you’ve been too afraid to ask anyone about.

3 Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems and How To Handle Them

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While most of these symptoms are normal and happen to a lot of women during pregnancy, if you notice anything that seems highly out of the ordinary or persists for a lengthy time, be sure to talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Gas & Burping

While a little extra gas causes no concerns for your baby during pregnancy, you may not like feeling bloated or having to pass gas at the most inopportune times. The extra gas is thanks to progesterone (pro-gestation hormone), which slows down digestion, giving nutrients more time to enter your bloodstream for baby, but it also causes bloating thanks to the extra build-up of gas.

What can you do? Here are some simple tips that can help you help manage it a little better (even though it won’t likely go away):

  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to keep things moving and to avoid constipation.
  • Keep eating fiber. Leafy greens, whole grains, and fruits are great, healthy ways to keep up on your fiber. If you are looking for a sweet snack once in a while, try Fiber One soft baked or chewy bars, which are great to satisfy your sweet tooth while out and about. Chewy Fiber One bars like their Oats & Chocolate or Oats & Peanut Butter have 9 grams of fiber per serving, which is 35 percent of your daily fiber. Some fiber, like legumes, can increase gas so be aware of your body, what you eat and how you react.

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  • Eat small meals throughout the day. Fitting in six small meals over the course of a day keeps your nutrition levels constant and helps keep your gassiness in check.
  • Relax. Take some deep breaths and calm yourself before and during your meal so you don’t stress eat, which can mean eating too fast and swallowing air.
  • Cut back on foods in the gas club. While you don’t have to or may not want to avoid these foods entirely (some are beneficial to eat!), cutting back a bit might help relieve some of your gas woes. These foods include beans, cabbage, onions, fried foods, sugary foods, and rich buttery sauces.

Irregularity

Right along with having all that extra gas, you now are constipated all the time or have irregular bowel movements. This, again, is caused by hormones making your bowels relax on the job. In addition, your expanding uterus takes up a lot of valuable space, giving your bowel less room to do its business.

What tactics can you employ?

  • Fiber, fiber, fiber. As mentioned previously, fiber can help with the bloating and gas, but it can really help with constipation. Roughage, otherwise known as fiber-rich foods, can really help you eliminate waste.

Fiber Rich Veggies

  • Whole-grain cereals and breads, peas and beans (legumes), fresh fruits and veggies (raw or lightly cooked with skin on), and dried fruits can all help. Aim for 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. If you are still craving something sweet but don’t want the guilt, try a sweet but good-for-you treat from Fiber One! You can go for a 90-calorie bar, with great flavors like Cinnamon Coffee Cake, or a brownie bar like their Streusel Blueberry.

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  • Avoid foods like white bread, white rice, and pasta, which can have just the opposite effect of what you are going for.
  • Don’t forget the water. If you don’t like sipping on plain water all day, try adding a slice of lemon or orange to give it a little citrus zing.
  • Getting moving encourages regular bowel movements so don’t forget to get up and move once in a while!

Getting Leaky

Relaxed pelvic muscles, thanks to those pesky hormones, are once again causing havoc on your body. This, along with pressure from your growing baby pushing on your bladder, can cause some little leaks, or urinary incontinence.

How can I avoid accidents?

You probably won’t be able to completely cut out leaking. However, doing Kegel exercises can help to strengthen the muscles around your bladder. Taking more frequent bathroom breaks is also a good idea. Once your bladder runs out of room though, there really is no stopping those little leaks so I recommend investing in some good mama cloth (or disposable pads) to help absorb accidents.

 

 

 

Sources: What to Expect, Mayo Clinic, American Pregnancy Association
Photo Credit:
Tatiana Vdb-Flickr, Pawel Pacholec-Flickr, Philippe Put-Flickr

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Three of the Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems and What To Do About Them

  • October 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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    I guess I was lucky because I never had any of those issues with either of my pregnancies. I was super healthy and felt awesome 🙂

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  • October 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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    I didn’t have those issues because of pregnancy, but I had them for other reasons. More fiber. exercise and water is the best help that I have tried! These are all great tips!

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  • October 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    Such a great post and tips!!! I’m going to share your post with my sister that is pregnant 😀

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  • October 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    For me morning sickness was the worse! I felt like I was always running out of a room or hiding behind a bush!

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  • October 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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    It’s been a while since I was pregnant, but I do remember being very gassy. And I would get terrible indigestion a lot.

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  • October 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm
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    Yikes! These are things I definitely do not miss. I love your solutions though, they would have helped a lot.

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  • October 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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    With 6 pregnancies, I have experienced everything listed there! Great tips for new moms!

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  • October 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm
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    I’ve never been pregnant but I have heard my friends complain about these symptoms and many more frequently. LOL! I love those Fiber One snacks, they taste like candy to me!!

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  • October 13, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    Oh gosh, I remember all those pleasantries now! LOL! And here I was talking about having another baby. Maybe not.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    Great tips, my husband loves Fiber One bars and always has them on hand. They are great for a quick snack!

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  • October 13, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    Gassy, heartburn and awful leg cramps. The last two are not embarrassing, but they were annoying.

    On another note, someone brought FiberOne bars to the baseball filed for snacks last week. Shockingly, my 9 year olds LOVE them!

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    • October 14, 2015 at 8:04 am
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      I had the legs cramps this time for the first time (after four pregnancies) and those are the worst!

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  • October 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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    I think I had irregular bowel movements at some point. 🙂 These are great tips and would be very helpful to new moms.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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    These are great tips. I had terrible morning sickness while i was pregnant. It lasted all day long. I will have to share this with my friend that just found out she is expecting.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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    Hehehe I was so lucky when I was Preggo! I didn’t have any of these issues…. Part of the reason I don’t want to have another one! Everything went so smooth the first time around it would probably be the total
    Opposite the next lol

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  • October 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm
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    The things nobody likes to talk about! Lol. I peed myself at a grocery store while pregs because my sister made me laugh soooo hard. I was like whatever.

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    • October 14, 2015 at 8:05 am
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      Oh my, you just made me laugh out loud. 🙂 All the fun stuff!

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  • October 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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    Wonderful advice! I don’t recall of having these issues during my pregnancies, but then again… it has been awhile. ~lol~

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  • October 15, 2015 at 4:36 am
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    You’ ve got good tips here. I love the one about drinking water. That’s a good fix for anyone, any time!

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