5 Things That Happen When You Have An Epidural That Know One Tells You About

5 Things That Happen When You Have An Epidural That Know One Tells You About

 

 

 

I love Epidurals. They make childbirth so much easier in every way and you are able to focus more on what’s actually going on. It allows women to feel present during birth so that they can really enjoy the experience. 

Kudos to those women who do it naturally because they are real warriors! I can’t even wrap my head around it….

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Anyway, some strange things happen when you have an epidural and you may be totally unaware of them until they happen to you. I have had 3 epidurals so I’ve been there, done that. 

Some of my experiences were really strange so read on to find out what can happen when you get this type of Anesthesia during childbirth. 

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5 Things That Happen When You Have An Epidural That Know One Tells You About

 

 

You May Get The Shakes

 

Some Women { Including me all three times } Will begin shivering furiously when they epidural starts to take effect. It’s really Bizarre and surprising. 

None of the nurses warned me this would happen and I began shaking so violently that I barely had any control over my body. I couldn’t even really speak for a while. Your body also gets a total rush. That’s the only way I can explain it. 

I was told that this is caused by your body reacting to the medication causing an adrenaline rush.  I have since Googled it to find more information but there’s not a lot online about why this happens. 

This can happen at other times during labor as well. Especially right before pushing. Imagine the adrenaline going through your body at that moment! It’s all very intense. 

 

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You’ll Have To have A Catheter 

 

Since you’re numb from the waist down you cannot go to the bathroom on your own. They will need to do a catheter to relieve your bladder. 

Some hospitals do a catheter that stays in until you’re ready to push but most do an in and out catheter. 

This is a catheter they only put in for a few minutes to allow the urine to evacuate and then they remove it. Despite having an epidural and being mostly numb, it’s still an uncomfortable sensation.

One side effect of these catheters is that it seems to stretch out your urethra some. After having one of these urine just pours out for a while instead of being in a stream. 

But it does heal and shrink back to its original size. 

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It May Not Work

 

I hate to break it to you and I definitely don’t want to scare you but Sometimes Epidurals don’t work. Like, at all..  

This can happen when an unexperienced Anesthesiologist is assigned to you. Or sometimes you move too much because it is a good pinch when they insert it. 

Or maybe sometimes you’re just super unlucky. I don’t know. All of mine worked but my sister had one with her first child and they totally missed because it did nothing. 

Let’s hope if you’re are counting on an epidural that it works for you.

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It May Only Work In Sections

 

Sometimes your Epidural works great, well mostly…. You may find that you have full pain relief everywhere but in one or two spots. 

This is not at all uncommon and it happened to me two out of three times. I had complete numbness everywhere but this one place on the lower left side of my belly. 

At first, it was mostly numb but then it sort of wore off before everywhere else and by the time I was pushing I could feel full labor, cramping, and pressure in that one spot only. It was really bizarre. 

But the epidural still did a great job and even though I could feel some pain it still worked well so that my labor was generally very comfortable. 

This happens pretty often to women who get epidurals and the area can vary. Sometimes the epidural works great on one side of your body but not at all on the other side. It’s just all luck I guess. 

 

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You May Need More Than One

 

Occasionally if you get an epidural early in labor you may need two. They won’t have to stick a needle in your spine twice, of course because the whole thing is administered via IV,  But you may run out of the pain medication and they may have to give you a second bag. 

During my first labor, they induced me and the pain went from zero to one hundred in sixty seconds. It was bad.

My mom is a nurse and she said they turned the pitocin up too high so the contractions were STRONG. I ask for an epidural early ( which pissed my crappy doctor off ) and it was the best relief I’ve ever had. 

But it ran out and they had to give me another, then that one started to run out so they gave me this little button to push that delivered medication as needed and I used it. Like I said I was scared ladies. Just so you know my baby came out fine and he was alert and happy, for all of you worried about so much medication. 

My other two labors went just fine, and I wasn’t nearly as terrified. Had one epidural for each. 

 

Having an epidural is a great way to relax your body so that you can be present during the birth of your beautiful baby, but they also cause your body to react strangely sometimes. 

It’s still well worth it if you’re going the medicine route. I don’t know why there’s not more information online about how epidurals may affect you. I was so surprised by some of it and that’s why I wanted to write this post for those who are thinking of getting one. I hope it helps! 

Good luck to you mama! 

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What Nobody Tells You About The First Few Weeks Postpartum ** A Must Read **

What Nobody Tells You About The First Few Weeks Postpartum ** A Must Read **

 

 

When you are about to have a baby it’s the only thing on your mind. You think of nothing else. You read tons of information and you dream all day long about what it’s going to be like.

But you are forgetting something important and that’s yourself.

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You don’t hear much about what happens in the ” Fourth Trimester ” or your Postpartum recovery period. There’s not a ton of information about what you’ll be going through online and nobody really talks about this too much while you’re pregnant.

It all often comes as a big surprise once the baby arrives and you can’t help but wonder why you didn’t think of preparing yourself better for this time…

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Well, I’m a mama of three and I think it’s important to be prepared. I’ve been through it all and if you want to enjoy your special time to the fullest without being in constant pain and discomfort then read on.

I’m going to help you get fully prepared for what happens next. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of the post, there’s some funny stuff in here 😉

Let’s get to it!

 

 

 

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Giving Birth To The Placenta Hurts too

 

So you’ve just had your babe and you know there’s a placenta in there somewhere. Surely that will just pop right out, right? Wrong.

For many women, a nurse will have to push and probe your stomach for a bit to get it to move down. This hurts pretty bad on your tender tummy and then you’ll likely have some more contractions as well. And for some reason, the epidural doesn’t do much for this pain. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because it’s beginning to wear off, but for each of my three pregnancies, I felt the full pain of all that pushing and massage.

The contractions are not as intense as when you’re actually having your baby obviously but more like a dull ache from deep within. It’s really uncomfortable but this too shall soon pass.

 

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The tummy massage

 

At this point you wish the nurses would be hands-off, but oh no… They are not done with you yet.

They will need to massage your tummy several times over the next few days and it’s no fun. It causes a good bit of discomfort and you will usually experience cramps afterward.

They do this type of massage because it helps to shrink your uterus. It’s important to let them but it’s very uncomfortable because they go deep with their fingers. Ouch! Sorry ladies, but it’s all part of the experience.

 

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Your Vagina Will Swell Huge

 

This is no joke. All the trama involved in childbirth really does a number on your lady parts. You’ll be swollen huge like a big opened orchid. Sorry for the detail… but that’s what it looks like.

It does hurt for at least a week or two and it can be intense, especially if you were torn or cut during the birthing process. I recommend reading this post I wrote about how to control this pain completely so that you can enjoy your baby without suffering constantly during those hardest first two weeks.

 

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You may want to sit on an ice pack for a week or two

 

This has a lot to do with what I was talking about above. Your flower will be very sore and you’ll want to take down the swelling with these special ice packs.

Sitting on a donut pillow is vital for pain control as well. Here’s a great one on Amazon.

 

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Someone will have to help you go potty

 

After all this, you’ll have no shame. The first few times you go to the bathroom after giving birth you’ll need assistance.

Especially if you’ve had an epidural. They’ll put you on this standing wheelchair ( or at least they did after my three births ) to get you in the bathroom because you’ll still likely be numb.

It’s hard to walk properly in this condition so they help you in. Once you’ve gone they may come in with a peri bottle and squirt off the blood and residues from your vagina.

 

Pooping is Difficult

 

After you’ve had your baby having a bowel movement can be scary, especially the first time. You’re so tender, sore and swollen that it just creates a lot of discomfort.

Stool softeners are highly recommended during this time so that you can go comfortably without causing pain or interfering with healing. Miralax is hands down the best product for this.

 

 

Breastfeeding is not nearly as easy as you thought

 

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your babe and I am a huge breastfeeding enthusiast.

But there’s this huge misconception about it. Many women assume that it’s as simple as putting their babe to the boob and nature will take its course.

This is just not the case at all. Breastfeeding is hard and getting the latch right is even harder. It takes practice and education and the sad part is, that many hospitals don’t have a lactation consultant on staff to help so many women end up giving up.

(To Learn more about how to make breastfeeding easier see this post. See this one as well for breastfeeding hacks that work. )

You cannot count on someone at the hospital showing you how and if you didn’t get the proper education beforehand then it may spell trouble.

There’s a great online video course called Milkology that’s only $19 that will teach you everything you need to know in about 90 minutes. I highly recommend you take this course. Many women buy it and have great success at breastfeeding.

 

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 Nipple cream is Your Friend

 

Your boobs will be sorer than you ever thought was humanly possible, especially if you’re breastfeeding. You’ll need a good cream like this for sure ( It’s a must ) and these booby ice packs too.

Don’t get caught off guard without the supplies you need after birth or all you’ll be able to think about is the pain you’re having when you should be elated over your little one.

 

You’ll Still Look Preggers

 

We all hear the stories about women shrinking to pre-baby size before they leave the hospital but this is actually really rare, even for first-time moms.

In fact, I’m not sure that actually ever happens. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Your tummy will look pregnant for at least the first month and possibly longer. One way to speed the healing up and shrink your tummy faster is to join a postpartum program designed specifically for this purpose.

The Postpartum Cure is a program designed to help get your body back to pre-baby shape as quickly as possible without losing your milk supply ( That can happen if you cut too many calories trying to get back into shape).

This program has diet information and plans, daily exercise programs and so much more. It’s very popular amongst postpartum women who need to get back into shape asap. You can take a look here. 

She also has another program called “ The Belly Only Pregnancy ” that helps you keep from getting too big during pregnancy. The quickest way to keep your shape during and after pregnancy is not over gain in the first place and that’s what this program is all about. You can see it here. 

 

You will Have Cramps

 

The first week after birth you will be really crampy. It will feel a bit like a very bad period.

These cramps are caused by your uterus contracting as  I mentioned earlier. It’s just your body trying to get back to normal.

If it gets really bad you can take some Tylenol or use a heating pad.

 

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You Will Bleed A Lot

 

After giving birth you will bleed. So. Very. Much. Most women bleed for a month to 6 weeks. You should have these postpartum undies ( they are a must! ) on hand and pads too. Lots an lots of pads.

Just a note: Don’t use tampons postpartum.  They raise the risk of infection in your healing womb and can be dangerous during this time.

 

 

You’ll Be Hungry As Hell

 

 

There’s no hunger like postpartum hunger. Your body just expelled huge amounts of energy, it needs to heal and it needs to make milk.

You will be ravenous, and food Will taste SO GOOD. You will want to eat all the things. And I say go ahead that first week or two.

 

 

 

Then dial it back a bit, especially if you have weight to lose. If that’s the case I recommend taking the program I mentioned above called The Postpartum Cure. 

 

 

The staff won’t let you sleep or rest!

 

This is another thing that will happen While you’re in the hospital. They will not leave you alone. You need rest like nobody’s business yet they come in every hour to take your blood pressure and massage your stomach.

Yes, even in the dead of night when your babe just fell asleep and you just closed your eyes. Every. Single. Hour.

While I enjoyed the hospital stay because it gave me time to take it all in and get used to the idea that I had a babe, this drove me crazy. It gets really annoying but there’s nothing you can do to shoo them away so you’ll have to endure like all the mamas before you.

 

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You’ll Stink

 

After you have your baby your hormones will spiral out of control and they’ll go crazy ( and you’ll feel crazy ).

One of the many, many side effects of this is that you’ll have a really strong body odor. And it gets really bad, almost skunky. Sorry, mama! A lot of the stuff in this post isn’t great news but it is what it is.

Your Lady parts will also smell strong. It often smells like a wound healing, because well, it is a wound healing. Both inside and out. Even two months later you may have that wound smell coming out.

It can be very alarming but I assure you that it’s normal. Your uterus has a lot of work to do and healing takes time. If it’s really bothering you then mention it to your obgyn when you go for your checkup.

 

Your Hair Will Fall Out

 

Your hair falling out in handfuls is all part of the postpartum package. You can thank all those pesky hormones for causing this.

It can be scary but most of the time it’s less then it looks like. Often it grows back just like before.

 

 

There will be tears and confusion

 

I have mentioned your hormones will go crazy right? Right.

There will be moments when it all seems like too much and you just have no clue what to do. It’s all pretty overwhelming. I know as women, we know what it feels like to be hormonal, but after having a baby this feeling can be 500 times stronger.

You should be prepared for this and have plenty of support. Take a deep breath mama, it’s all going to be ok. (( Hugs ))

 

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Having a baby is really exciting but don’t forget to consider what you may go through when the big day arrives. You want to be at your very best and knowing what to expect is definitely half the battle.

As always, I wish you well during your special time!

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15 Signs Your Baby Will Be Born In The Next few Days

15 Signs Your Baby Will Be Born In The Next few Days

When you get close to your due date you’ll likely start wondering how you’ll actually know that you’re in labor. Every mama does, especially if it’s your first time.

While every birth is different from one woman to the next, there are some clear signs of labor that you may start to notice. These signs can tell you how close you actually are, or they can give you a close guess.

Let’s discuss the labor symptoms that will tell you if your babe is coming in the next few days.

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15 Early Signs Of Labour Approaching

 

The Baby Drops

If you notice that your belly has suddenly gotten lower and you feel a lot more pressure in your pelvis then your baby has dropped. This a really good indicator that your babe will be arriving really soon.

This process is also known as lightning and It happens when the baby’s head literally drops lower into your pelvis, becoming engaged within your pubic bones.

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Regular Contractions

This is the most obvious indicator that your babe is own her way but some contractions can be so mild you barely notice at first. Pay close attention to your body and the way you feel.

If you notice your abdominal region tightening in a regularly timed way and feel some slight discomfort then heavy labor could be right around your corner.

These are different from Braxton Hixx Contractions that occur in a really random way.

 

 

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Diarrhea

 

This is a big one. If you suddenly get Diarrhea at the very end near your due date then your labor could be coming soon.  Even within 48 hours ( though every woman varies ).

This occurs because of the release of hormones called prostaglandins. Having the runs a day or two before labor starts is the body’s way of emptying the bowels to allow the uterus to contract efficiently.

This is also good if you’re worried about pooping on the table. You still may go some but if you have diarrhea several days beforehand it shouldn’t be as much.

 

 

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Water Breaks

 

Yep. When Your water breaks it’s a sure fire sign that your babe is due to arrive in the next day. It can be a leak or a gush with blood.

This doesn’t happen for all women though. Many times the water doesn’t break until right before the baby is born or the doc may even need to break it.

My point is if you think you’re in progressive labor don’t wait around for your water to break, that could be a big mistake.

 

 

Lower back pain and cramping

Dull pain in the back that comes and goes can definitely be a sign of labor pain. It may be mild at first and get worse and consistent or barely noticeable.

 

Bloody Discharge

 

You might notice a thick, pinkish or blood-streaked discharge right before your labor starts. This is the mucus plug that sealed your cervix during pregnancy.

It often appears just a few days before labor begins, although it’s not always noticeable.

But sometimes it is. I didn’t have my mucus plug show with my first two pregnancies. But with my third, It came suddenly and there was a HUGE amount of blood. I mean like I’m having a heavy period type of flow. It scared me to death but it turned out that everything was fine and my baby was born within the next 24 hours. So don’t panic if it’s a ton of blood, it doesn’t always mean something’s wrong.

But definitely get in touch with doc and go to the hospital.

 

Cervix Dilates

If you go to the doc and they tell your cervix is well on its way, then the baby could be close. You can help your cervix dilate faster by doing the things below:

 

  1. Walking a lot
  2. stretch your hips and bounce gently on a  Birth Ball
  3. Do Gentle Exercises
  4. Relax with Warm Showers
  5. Stimulate Your Nipples
  6. Have an Orgasm ( or several 😉 )

 

 

 Effacement

Effacement is similar to your cervix dilating. Effacement means that the cervix stretches and gets thinner. Dilatation means that the cervix opens. Both help prepare your body for giving birth to your child.

The more effaced and dilated you are, the closer you are to meeting your babe.

 

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Nesting instinct

 

This urge to clean and organize is known as nesting. Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. The nesting instinct is strongest in the later weeks coming up on delivery. It is an old wives’ tale that once nesting urges begin, labor could be coming soon.

So get everything done that you can because he’s on his way!

 

Vaginal Discharge Changes Color And Consistency

 

This can happen even before your Mucus plug comes out. Discharge can get heavy and darker. It’s icky but it’s a good sign to watch for. This is a sign that labor is approaching.

 

 

Joints Loosen

 

Your hips and pelvis may suddenly feel a lot looser right before you go into labor. It’s a strange feeling but it’s caused by hormones that are suddenly released before your labor starts.

You may feel like your joints have progressively loosened through pregnancy but right before labor, it seems really obvious and you can feel the change.

 

Nausea

 

Many women feel nauseous about a day or so before labor actually begins. Again, this is due to heavy hormonal changes going through your body.

 

 

Skin Outbreak

 

Your skin can go ballistic right before you have your babe and once again it’s due to the tidal wave of hormones inside of you. It will pass once your baby is born.

 

A Headache

 

Some women have terrible hormonal headaches right before they go into labor. If this happens to you just take some Tylenol and take solace in knowing your baby is on her way.

 

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Dizziness

 

You may feel very dizzy the last couple of days before your baby is born. The main cause of dizziness in pregnancy is due to the rising hormones that cause your blood vessels to relax and widen.

This helps increase the blood flow to your baby, but it slows the return of the blood in the veins to you. So watch out for this and stand up slowly so that you don’t fall.

So these are the signs your baby will be arriving soon. If you have several chances are you’ll be in labor and meeting your babe before you know it. Exciting right?

I wish you all the luck in the world during your special time! Enjoy!

 

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25 Pregnancy Side Effects No One Tells You About

25 Pregnancy Side Effects No One Tells You About

Pregnancy is an amazing and special time during any mamas life, but it can also surprise the heck out of you. It can be messy and downright crazy.

You know the basics on what to expect like morning sickness, tiredness, and swelling but there are some other not so talked about side effects to being pregnant and that’s what will dive into today. So let’s get to it.

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Orgasms While Sleeping 

 

Let’s start with my favorite one! Many women have orgasms while sleeping during pregnancy. It’s very common and it happened to me all through my three pregnancies. FUN Right?! Sweet dreams mama!

 

 

Discharge

 

You’ll have lots of discharge usually beginning at the 6-week mark. Often so much that you need to wear panty liners. You’ll be leaking a lot, so keep a big stash with you at all times. This 300 pack is cheap and convenient.

 

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Some Bleeding 

 

Speaking of Panty liners, you may need them for bleeding too. Some bleeding in pregnancy can be normal.  I know it’s super scary but most of the time when a woman bleeds,  everything’s ok.

If you have heavy bleeding, however, you should contact your doc immediately.

 

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Headaches

 

Headaches are a side effect of the huge hormonal fluctuations that women have during pregnancy and depending on your history with headaches they can be brutal.

Luckily Tylenol is safe during pregnancy but always talk to your doctor first.

 

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Constipation

 

Not Being able to poop is another crappy pregnancy symptom that’s no fun. Your doc may prescribe some Miralax or something to help give your body a gentle push in the right direction.

 

 

Hot Flashes

 

We’ve all heard of hot flashes during menopause, but did you know they’re very common during pregnancy too? I would be freezing one minute and feel like I was on fire the next. It’s pretty intense.

This happens because of the hormonal rollercoaster your body is going through while your babe grows. All you can do is push through it, and open a window, even if there is snow on the ground outside.

 

Yucky Breath

 

Having bad breath is part of being pregnant and it’s not fun. You’ll have a metallic taste in your mouth non-stop for 9 months. Sort of tastes like pennies. All you can do is brush often and use mouthwash. Good luck with that.

 

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Dizzy Spells

Dizziness is another annoying side effect of being preggers. Some mornings you may wake up and feel like your world is spinning.

Or if you’ve sat for a while and you stand up it can happen. This is known as orthostatic hypotension and it’s caused by changes in your blood pressure. Just make sure you get up slowly and consider that you may feel dizzy so you don’t fall or faint.

 

All Day Sickness

Morning Sickness? Ha! Many who suffer from nausea have to deal with it all day long, and sometimes at night too. This was one of my first main pregnancy symptoms. I woke up every night around week five to go to the bathroom and when I would stand up I would feel a bit queasy. I just knew I was pregnant and I was.

 

Serious Food Aversions

 

What makes morning { All Day } sickness worse? Not wanting to eat because everything tastes like onions to you.

Food aversion is a pregnancy problem that you don’t hear about too often but it’s a huge issue. You feel constant nausea and you know the only thing that can really help is eating a good meal but everything seems so gross to you. It really sucks.

 

Varicose Veins You Know Where

 

Some women get varicose veins in their vagina area during their third trimester. It can be really alarming to wake up one morning to feel strange pressure and itching, only to check yourself and find that your lady parts are purple with giant veins that are 5 times the normal size.

This happened to me during my third pregnancy and it scared the heck out of me! Just happened all the sudden and it was really uncomfortable. The good news is that this condition almost always corrects itself right after you have the baby.

In some instances, when it doesn’t go away on its own, you may need surgery, but this is extremely rare.

 

Stuffy Nose

 

Stuffy nose is also a common issue. Your nose can feel completely plugged up, yet you cannot use any really good medication to remedy this because it’s not considered safe.

What you can do is this:

  1. Drink plenty of hydrating fluids.
  2. Elevate your head with extra pillows when you lie down to rest or sleep.
  3. Take a warm shower and linger in the steamy bathroom. …
  4. Try saline nose drops or saline nasal spray, available over the counter at drugstores.

I always ended up sleeping sitting up by the third trimester. It was the only way I could breathe and be comfy. I’d use a bunch of pillows to prop myself up. It wasn’t that easy but it was better than feeling like I was suffocating.

 

 

You’ll be Gassy

 

When You’re preggers your digestion will slow down to a snail’s pace. This happens so that your body can squeeze every ounce of nutrition from the food your eating.

In turn, you’ll have a lot of excess gas. Yuck, but it’s just one of those things that comes with the territory.

 

Snoring 

 

Snoring is just part of it all. It happens to most pregnant women, at least by the end if not sooner. Many pregnant women start snoring because of nasal congestion, and the increase in abdominal girth causes the uterus to press on the diaphragm. Sitting up or elevated while sleeping can help a little.

 

Nose Bleeds

 

Nose Bleeds are common during pregnancy. They happen because you have tiny blood vessels inside your nose and the increased blood volume can sometimes damage those blood vessels and cause them to burst, resulting in a nosebleed. Changes in your hormones during pregnancy can also contribute to nosebleeds. They’re not fun but for some women, it’s just part of the pregnancy life.

 

Hemorrhoids

 

Hemorrhoids are no fun. They hurt, itch and burn and if you’re pregnant then you’ll likely get them too.

As your unborn baby grows, your uterus gets bigger and begins to press against your pelvis. This growth puts a lot of pressure on the veins near your anus and rectum, and these veins may become swollen and painful as a result. This is what causes the hemorrhoids.

Luckily you can find some relief with a good cream and a donut cushion {that you can use when you have postpartum pain too} will be a lifesaver.

 

 

 

Leaking When You Sneeze Or Laugh

 

That’s right. You’re gonna pee yourself. Those muscles have a lot of pressure down there and sometimes they just can’t take it. When you sneeze or laugh hard the sudden movement can squeeze out urine.

All you can do it practice doing Kegels to help control the problem. Yet another reason why to have that panty liner stockpile. 

 

Your skin may get bumpy and rashy 

Your skin can become very reactive during your special time. From Pimples to yeast infections and mystery bumps, the list goes on. It’s just the way pregnancy treats us. All those hormones really turn your system upside down.

Luckily this too shall pass… once you have your babe.

 

 

Big O’l Nipples

 

Yes, your nipples are going to get bigger. Like SO MUCH bigger. This happens so that your babe can easily see and find the nipple during breastfeeding. It can be alarming but they go back to normal after childbirth and breastfeeding.

 

 

Feet Get Bigger

 

Your feet may get larger while pregnant and it may be permanent. It didn’t happen to me during my first two pregnancies but it did in my last.

A pregnant body produces the hormone relaxin, which causes your pelvic ligaments and joints to loosen, and also relaxes the ligaments in your feet, allowing the bones to separate a bit. This is why get wider during and after pregnancy. But hey, it’s a good excuse to buy new shoes, right?

 

 

Hip Pain

Your hips may ache later in your pregnancy, especially at night. You may also feel stretching in your abdomen when you lay on your side, even early in pregnancy. This is the ligaments stretching and it can be painful and surprising.

Bringing your legs up to your chest for a few moments can relieve the muscle spasm in the ligaments.

 

 

More body Hair

 

You may start to grow some hair on your face during pregnancy. Many women often grow it on their bellies too. It’s pretty strange but it should go away after your babe is born. It’s just another side effect from all those hormones.

 

Gross Skin Tags

 

This one is so annoying. Many pregnant women get a lot of new skin tags during this time. Especially around their breasts and armpits. It’s really unpleasant but they also usually go away afterward.

If they don’t you can have them removed at your dermatologist for cheap or even use a wart remover.

 

 

Pooping On The Table

 

Yes, there will be poop and there’s not much you can do about it. I’ve read the articles online about how to NOT poop on the table during labor but I’m here to tell ya that you’re going to poop.

You use the same muscles to push and the pushing is so vigorous that some of what is in your bowels WILL be expelled. Sorry.

But your docs and nurses have seen it all and if you’re worried about your husband, boyfriend or partner seeing you then maybe have them stay up top with you till the baby actually crowns. There still may be poop even at that point but it’s much less likely so there’s less of a chance of them seeing.

But you know, I’m going to guess that they already know that you poop just like them so it’s all good.

 

You May Get Anal Fissures

And.. Last but not least you have Anal Fissures! Many women get constipated during pregnancy and they get hard stools. This will cause anal fissures which are terrible little tears around your anus.

They will bleed and it can be quite painful. You can reduce the issue by keeping hydrated and taking a stool softener. You can reduce the pain locally when having a bowel movement by putting some vaseline around your anus to soften and lubricate.

 

 

So there’ s your list of not so talked about pregnancy side effects. Many are uncomfortable, some are gross but hey mama, you’ll have a sweet bundle of joy by the end, so it’s totally worth it. Enjoy!

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Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplements And Pregnancy

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplements And Pregnancy

There’s a lot to know when you’re pregnant and getting the right nutrients for you and your baby should be a top priority. We know we need Omega-3s for our brain but are they safe during pregnancy?  And where should we get them from?

Well, it turns out that Omega-3s are vital for a healthy pregnancy. Research has linked insufficient levels of omega-3 in pregnant women to premature birth, increased risk of preeclampsia, and low birth weight in newborns. You don’t want any of that, mama.  Let’s learn more.

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Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for our health and development and support the functioning of nearly every aspect of our bodies. Of the Omega-3s acids EPA and DHA are two of the most beneficial – together they’re responsible for a number of unique health benefits. EPA supports the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response, while DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system. The catch? Omega-3s can’t be synthesized by our body and instead must be obtained through dietary means. (Cue frantic googling.)

Omega 3s during pregnancy

 

Unfortunately for most Americans, our western diets are intrinsically low in Omega-3s. In fact, the majority of us don’t consume enough DHA or EPA and should seek some form of supplementation.

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Omega-3s and pregnancy

 

This imbalance is particularly true for pregnant women. Because omega-3s must be derived from a dietary source the fetus uses any omega-3 consumed by the mother to support its development in the womb. As a result, pregnant women are much more susceptible to omega-3 deficiency. Why is this important for expectant moms? Below are the three main reasons.

 

Number 1: Preterm Pregnancy Health

 

Research has linked insufficient levels of omega-3 in pregnant women to premature birth, increased risk of preeclampsia, and low birth weight in newborns. A study conducted in the Faroe Islands, where women consume a high intake of marine omega-3, compared their gestation period and newborn birth weight to that of pregnant women in Denmark.

Babies born to mothers in the Faroe Islands had higher birth weights than babies from Denmark, and Faroese women, when compared to Danish women, had an increased gestation period of approximately 5.7 days.

 

 

Number 2: Fetal Development

 

EPA and DHA are critical to fetal development. Studies have shown that DHA supports the healthy growth of the central nervous system as well as the brain and retina development of the baby during the mother’s third trimester. Animal studies have shown that omega-3 deficiency during pregnancy is linked to both visual and behavioral deficits that cannot be reversed post-birth. Emily Oken, a researcher from Harvard University, closely tracked the benefits of omega-3 consumption during pregnancy. After monitoring the fish intake of hundreds of pregnant women, she evaluated the verbal IQ of their children when they turned 3. Adequate omega-3 intake during pregnancy was consistently associated with higher scores.

Omega 3s while pregnant

 

Number 3: Perinatal And Postpartum Depression

 

Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to decrease levels of cytokine production. Cytokines are a type of inflammatory protein that exists in elevated levels within people who suffer from depression.

Because omega-3 is transferred to the fetus during pregnancy it’s easy for women to have depleted levels of this essential nutrient. This deficit may potentially lead to depressive symptoms both pre and post birth.

Pregnant women are often understandably reluctant to take antidepressant medication while pregnant or breastfeeding – a natural solution may be to increase their intake of omega-3 to help reduce postpartum symptoms.

 

So where can I get Omega-3s?

 

Fatty fish are an excellent source of omega-3s and, up until now, eating fish has widely been considered to be the optimal way to consume this essential nutrient. Many pregnant women in the United States, however, don’t eat much, if any, fish during their pregnancy for fear it might contain toxic levels of mercury or other ocean contaminants. (Not to mention the population of vegan mothers that won’t ever consume fish.) The FDA has similarly recommended that pregnant women limit their intake of fish to 2 servings per week because it may contain toxins harmful to the development of the fetus. As a result, most expecting mothers don’t ingest an adequate amount of omega-3s. It’s therefore been recommended that pregnant women augment their omega-3 intake through daily supplementation.

 

While supplementing with fish oil might seem like a good solution, fish oil is derived from the same fish women are cautioned to avoid because of possible heavy metal contamination. On top of that, fish oil supplements are often processed using artificial ingredients that may potentially harm the mother and child (like hexane, for example). By supplementing omega-3 intake with algae oil, however, pregnant women can confidently and safely consume the recommended amount of both EPA and DHA without any ocean toxins. After all, fish get their omega-3s from algae in the first place.

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