12 icky pregnancy side effects

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing – but some of the side effects can be icky, embarrassing, and downright annoying. We're talking about excessive or unexpected bodily fluids, itching, swelling, gas, and ... ahem ... backed-up plumbing.


These often come with the territory when you're growing a brand-new person. But if icky pregnancy side effects are becoming bothersome, click the links to our articles below. You'll find coping strategies and advice on when to ask your caregiver for help – as well as information on when seemingly harmless conditions may indicate a pregnancy problem.


And for more help dealing with some of the common complaints of pregnancy – forgetfulness, sore breasts, leg cramps, and more – browse our articles on pregnancy symptoms and discomforts.


1. Morning sickness


Most pregnant women suffer from nausea, vomiting, or both during their first trimester. Symptoms are usually worst in the morning, but they can continue all day long. Nausea often eases significantly by about 14 weeks, but for a few women it can last until delivery.

No one knows for sure what causes nausea during pregnancy, but it might be due to hormones, an enhanced sense of smell and sensitivity to odors, or a sensitive stomach.


2. Frequent urination


Even before you knew you were pregnant, you might have noticed you need to pee more often. It’s one of the earliest and most common signs of pregnancy, and it probably will continue until delivery.

Hormonal changes cause blood to flow more quickly to your kidneys, filling your bladder more often. And later, your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder.


3. Vaginal discharge


More vaginal discharge? You're not imagining it. What you're noticing is probably leukorrhea – the odorless (or mild-smelling) milky discharge that you occasionally found in your underwear before you were pregnant. There's just a lot more of it now, partly because of increased estrogen production and greater blood flow to the vaginal area.


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