Headaches: Stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, and even reducing your caffeine intake can be the culprits of what causes headaches in pregnant women. Sinus infections and migraines, while controlled with medications, can also trigger this ailment. Massages, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, having a regular sleep schedule, and practicing relaxing activities such as yoga can help curb the problem. If the pain is localized on the back of the neck and is accompanied by blurry vision and stomach pains, contact your doctor: this could mean an increase in blood pressure. 

Intense hunger: This is the point in time where you will gain the most weight since your appetite will increase considerably. Prioritize healthier options when you sit down to eat. 

Itchiness on the belly and breasts: Stretch marks forming due to the increase in volume in these areas will cause them to become itchy. Keep yourself well-hydrated to avoid stretch marks – and, of course, don’t scratch the itch. 

Nasal congestion and bleeding: The volume of blood inside of you has been increasing drastically, affecting the levels of estrogen – which causes the nasal passages to swell up. Some pregnant women report having a stuffy nose feeling throughout several months. Boiling water and placing it in a bowl and inhaling the steam can help alleviate this nuisance. Inhalation sessions with a warm saline solution are also recommended. 

Dizziness and feeling weak: These are consequences of postural hypotension, the notorious “low blood pressure.” It’ll frequently happen during pregnancy as the cardiovascular system adapts to the alterations in blood volume. To minimize your discomfort, avoid hot and crowded spaces, and eat well. 

Gum bleeding: Hormones can cause your gums to inflame and swell up, which makes bleeding easier, especially when you brush your teeth or floss. Practicing dental hygiene in a more gentle manner can minimize the issue. If you feel any pain or a substantial bleed that won’t stop, talk to your dentist. 

Trouble breathing: As your uterus grows to make room for the baby, it’ll begin pushing your diaphragm towards your lungs, causing you to feel like you’re having trouble breathing. While your organism adapts to these new conditions, this felling of trouble breathing will become more common as you do more strenuous activities, such as going up the stairs, for instance. The shortness of breath won’t affect the baby, but be wary that it’ll happen more often in the third trimester. If you have asthma or bronchitis, tell your doctor so they can instruct you on whether you’ll need medication if you have an attack. 

Vaginal secretion: Liquid and milky discharges are common during pregnancy. The natural leukorrhea, in fact, only increases due to hormonal changes. Cotton underwear helps maintain the area more ventilated – if you’re planning on spending a long time outside of the house, bring an extra one with you. Avoid using tampons and use thin menstrual pads sparingly, as they can stifle the region and put you at risk for infections. 

Bleeding: A small amount is common, but it is crucial to contact your doctor the same day if it happens – only they can identify what could be happening.