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The not-so common aches and pains of pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyous time, but not without some aches and pains. Here are a few uncommon ones to read about.

There are some freaky aches of pregnancy that are not harmful.
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Just when you think your troubles are over, like morning sickness, there are more woes that can affect you. Not the Braxton-Hicks or exhausting fatigue, but more of the uncommon issues a pregnant woman can have.

Increased leukorrhea

Odorless, but still a nuisance, some women run to the OB/GYN to see what is going on. Is it an infection? Doctors claim it is normal to have an increased discharge due to the hormonal changes in pregnancy. Now, if you develop a discharge that has a foul odor or greenish-yellow in color, this may be an infection and needs medical attention.

Belly-button soreness

Pain in the navel area is common, but can be very painful. As your uterus enlarges, pressure is placed upon your belly button. This is usually felt after week 20 and then begins to subside.

Changes in eyesight

Doctors say that fluid retention from pregnancy can cause havoc on your eyes. It causes the shape of the eyeballs to change. It’s not wise to change your vision prescription until after the birth, when your eyesight may go back to normal. Some women also get a dry eye syndrome from the rising levels of estrogen. This causes the eyes to feel really dry and burn. So eye complaints can arise with pregnancy, but also with other medical ailments like diabetes. So, if you eyes are plaguing you, don't be afraid to mention this to your doctor or visit your eye care provider.

Aching hips

Yes, have you experienced the definitive waddle? Are your hips aching? Believe it or not, this ache is also caused by the hormonal changes in pregnancy. They cause the ligaments to over-stretch and the cartilage to soften. This can lead to aches when sleeping on your sides.

Palmer erythema

If you see a pink-reddish tint to the palms of your hands or soles of your feet, you may have palmer erythema. The condition is reversible, but after you give birth since this condition is caused by pregnancy hormones.

Pyogenic granulomas

Pyogenic granulomas, also known as pregnancy tumors, are non-cancerous nodules that form on your gums. You might notice these when you brush your teeth, but they are harmless. They slowly go away after giving birth. Yet, before you just ignore anything in your mouth, always check with your dentist.

So, yes, there are some little quirky ailments that happen when pregnant, but for the most part they are harmless and your body will get back to normal after your baby arrives.

This author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace medical advice.

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