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Meet the slayers of your Preggo-Glow – PART 3 – Varicose Veins & Sensitivity

17/03/2017
varicose veins, tooth sensitivity, breast sensitivity during pregnancy

In this blog, we will help you solve the top 2 not so talked about skin peculiarities which appear during pregnancy. There are some DIY’s too since you don’t want to harm your little one with skin-absorbing chemicals. With these tips and tricks we are hoping that your miraculous journey becomes a little more beautiful.

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VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins affect around 10 million people in India every year and as many as 40% Indian pregnant women. However, the severity might vary.

Varicose veins occur when your veins become enlarged and surcharged with blood. The main reason behind this condition is additional pressure on the lower legs. These veins basically pump blood both forward and backward but sometimes due to a condition such as obesity, menopause, pregnancy, menopause can stop the blood from flowing backward. These leads to accumulation of blood in that particular vein. The symptoms are easily visible which includes prominent or misshapen vein which is purple or green in color.  These veins swell, itch and can even cause pain. Don’t take this condition lightly and get diagnosed before these symptoms escalate.

During pregnancy, the uterus and lower body put additional pressure on legs. If you are carrying multiple babies, have gained a lot of weight or had previous condition of varicose veins, you are more likely develop this condition.

Prevention:

  • Avoid excess weight gain; exercise daily. Looking for some easy pregnancy exercises
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods. Move around as much as possible.
  • Don’t cross your ankles or legs while sitting
  • Elevate your feet and legs with a stool while sitting or a pillow if you are lying down.

Remedies:

  • Lie on your left so that the weight of the uterus is not in the vein and decreases the pressure on the veins of your legs and feet.
  • Wear maternity support hose available in the medical stores. These stockings make it easier for the blood to flow back up to the heart and thus prevent swelling that may exacerbate the existing varicose veins.

 

SENSITIVITIES

Sensitivities can occur in two parts of your body during pregnancy, one’s teeth and the other is breasts.

Let’s talk about teeth first. When you are pregnant increased blood flow causes swollen gums, tender tissues, and sensitive teeth. This can lead to bleeding of the teeth while brushing or flossing. If you are experiencing bleeding even at rest then do consult your dentist immediately. It can be caused due to conditions such as gingivitis or periodontitis which is another pregnancy complication associated with low birth weight and preterm labor.

Pregnancy is no excuse not to see your dentist regularly. In fact pregnant women are more susceptible to cavities and gum diseases than even kids who are loading up with sweets. Many pregnant women complained about tooth decay after delivery even if they had a perfect set of teeth before pregnancy.

 

Remedies:

  • Use soft-bristled and cross-bristled brush during pregnancy since it will be tender on your swollen gums and also remove impurities from teeth.
  • Avoid food which causes sensitivities. This can be very different for each person. Some people feel sensitivity when they have cold food, some when they drink something hot while others may have sensitivity when they have something which has an overdose of sugar. Avoid these foods because it will just increase your pain.
  • Go for cleaning at least twice during your pregnancy.
  • Ask your dentist to recommend an oral mouthwash or toothpaste and do cross check the prescription with your gynecologist.
  • Try to suppress your chocolate cravings as much as possible.
  • If you eat anything that gets stuck between your teeth then brush immediately. If food gets stuck in between the teeth for more than a day it might lead to tooth decay.

 

Breast sensitivity strikes in early weeks of the first trimester. The soreness of breasts is also considered as one of the early signs of pregnancy. The amount of time for which you might feel the tenderness varies from woman to woman. It generally starts at 4-6 weeks after pregnancy (so about time your periods get delayed). However, it will stop by the end of the second trimester.

In second and third trimester your breast will become large and the areola region expands and becomes darker. The soreness might return again after childbirth due to excessive milk supply in your breasts. It will go away once your little one starts breastfeeding again.

Reasons:

  • Breasts hold a very important role of nourishing your newborn so they will go through some major changes throughout your pregnancy.
  • Progesterone and Estrogen are two hormones which increase excessively and suddenly during your first trimester. They are responsible for all the pain, soreness and tenderness of your breasts.

 

After first trimester your breast size will start to increase and might even surpass 2 cup sizes. So don’t buy any new bras as soon as the change becomes a little visible. Wait till your baby is born.

You can buy bra extenders here so that you don’t have to spend money for each size change.

Some women notice the change throughout their pregnancy, some only at the end and some after childbirth, so there is no reason to worry if your breasts appear the same size to you during pregnancy.

Most of the changes are normal, do consult your gynecologist if one of these symptoms appear:

  • Clogged Duct: They are red, tender to touch and hard lumps in your breast. As soon as you notice something like this talk to your doctor quickly. Apply warm compresses on the area. Massage your breasts and feed your baby. Wearing tight bras during pregnancy can be a reason for this.
  • Inverted Nipples: It is a condition in which the nipples instead of protruding outside gets retracted back into the breasts. Inverted nipples can cause the baby to form an improper latch leading to pain and bleeding in your breasts. If you are suffering from this make sure the baby is having a mouthful of your breast when he is feeding.
  • Mastitis: There are over 1 million cases of Mastitis in India each year. Most medical professionals will check you for it during your regular postpartum visits. It’s easily treatable and resolves within a few days. This happens when the milk ducts become inflamed and sore. An infection is developed on the nipple and it occurs within the first three months of breastfeeding. Usually, only one breast is affected by this. Symptoms may also include fever and chills.

 

 

These 7 skin changes (mentioned in all parts) are normal in all pregnancies and might even fade away after 2-3 months postpartum. These blogs were written solely to alert and prepare you for the changes which are about to come. Ignorance is not bliss during pregnancy. That’s why we have included both the sides of the coins of each effect: the good and the bad, just to prepare you well for your coming journey.

DO NOT forget to share with us your hacks to tackle all these problems like a Super Mama. Help our new Moms and make their pregnancy journey better.

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