Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be seen just under the skin. They are usually dark blue or purple in color. While they can occur anywhere on the body, they are most common in the legs. Varicose veins are caused by the extra blood that the body is producing to support the pregnancy. The added weight of the baby and the increased blood flow put extra pressure on the veins and cause them to become enlarged.
Leg cramps are another common pregnancy complaint. They are caused by the extra weight and pressure on the muscles and nerves in the legs. Leg cramps can be very painful and may wake a woman up in the middle of the night. Usually, leg cramps can be treated by stretching the affected muscle. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you may start to feel pain in your legs. Your veins can become distended, which can cause discomfort, heaviness, and tingling. To relieve symptoms, try to avoid standing for long periods of time. Take breaks and put your feet up when you can. You might also want to wear tights or compression socks to help support your veins.
You may experience leg cramps which can be powerful enough to wake you from sleep. These cramps occur because your muscles harden; however a firm, vigorously applied massage tends to do the trick. Fatigue and tiredness are common, especially during the first month of pregnancy, as well as nausea and vomiting. This is normal and usually clears up in the second trimester when most women return to feeling like themselves.
Vaginal discharge is also common during pregnancy. This discharge is usually thin, white, and mild smelling. It helps to keep the vagina clean and free from infection. During pregnancy, you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. This is because your cervix is secreting more than usual. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. However, if your discharge is itchy or smelly, it could be a sign of an infection. If you experience itching, you may have thrush, which can be treated with imidazole pessaries prescribed by your doctor. If you also notice an unpleasant odor, you may have a bacterial infection, which can be treated with a round of metonidazole tablets. Some infections can be dangerous for your unborn child, so it’s important to see a doctor if you think you may be infected.
There are a lot of unpleasant symptoms that come with pregnancy, but they are all worth it once you get to hold your new baby in your arms.
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