No, you're not the only one going through these changes!
Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. No duh, you’re probably thinking. But besides the well-known changes like the baby belly and morning sickness, there are a few changes that aren’t as well-documented as others, as compiled by Yahoo.
1. “Woah! What’s that smell?”
During your first trimester, you might notice that you’re more sensitive to smells. Some can even drive you crazy and aggravate your morning sickness. The good news is that this sensitivity should fade after the first trimester. “Evolutionarily, we think this provided women with the ability to be extra sensitive to potential toxins,” OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lang explained to Yahoo.
2. *Sniff! Sniff!* (rhinitis of pregnancy)
If you find yourself with a runny nose during pregnancy, that’s totally normal. The higher amount of blood in your body during pregnancy can cause swelling in your nose’s blood vessels, causing congestion. According to BabyCenter, up to 30% of pregnant women suffer from stuffy noses without having any allergies or infections like the common cold. This can start during your second month and usually worsens as your pregnancy progresses, easing up only after you’ve given birth.
3. “Do I taste blood?” (pregnancy gingivitis)
You might notice that your gums become swollen and tender, and bleed when flossed or brushed. Bleeding gums affect around half of expectant moms, whose hormonal changes make their mouths more sensitive to bacteria in plaque. Make sure to practice good oral hygiene and don’t be afraid to go to the dentist.
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