Pregnancy Discomforts

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Discomfort is common during pregnancy. While they are most often benign, they can however be a sign of a serious pathology.

 

What is discomfort?

Malaise is a feeling of confusion, sometimes with physical failure, which can go as far as fainting.

Discomfort is common during pregnancy. While they are most often benign, they can however be a sign of a serious pathology (when combined with other symptoms).

Focus on hypoglycemic discomfort

It is caused by low blood sugar and is rarely accompanied by loss of consciousness. Hypoglycemic discomfort results in:

  • tiredness
  • a feeling of hunger
  • irritability
  • sweats
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • a pallor.

Hypoglycemia are frequent in expectant mothers (especially near a meal). You may also feel dizzy or short of breath.

If these signs are still moderate, you should not be overly concerned about them. However, if this happens regularly, talk to your doctor.

Focus on vagal discomfort

It is due to too much stimulation of the vagus nerve (long nerve going from the stomach to the brain passing through the heart). When the vagus nerve is over-stimulated, the heart slows down too much and has less force to send blood throughout the body (drop in blood pressure). It is particularly difficult for blood to reach the brain.

It translates into:

  • a pallor
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • visual disturbances
  • hypersalivation
  • or even ringing in the ears.

It can be followed by the discomfort itself, with a fall (sudden weakness of the muscles of the legs) and a possible loss of consciousness linked to the oxygen deprivation of the brain.

Vagal discomfort (without complications and of short duration) is not serious, apart from the risk associated with the fall. However, if it occurs regularly, talk to your doctor.

Discomfort and pregnancy: when to worry?

During pregnancy, certain signs should alert, in particular if the discomfort is associated with:

  • vaginal bleeding: this can be a sign of a miscarriage or a problem with the placenta.
  • pain in the stomach or shoulder: these can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.
  • headaches, ringing in the ears and flies in front of the eyes: 3 characteristic signs of hypertension.

Causes of discomfort during pregnancy

The causes of discomfort are numerous and may be different depending on the progress of the pregnancy.

  • The discomforts of the first trimester
  • hypoglycemia (hypoglycemic discomfort)
  • a drop in blood pressure (transient)
  • hormones (progesterone causes pumping, fatigue, nausea and discomfort).
  • severe stress or anxiety
  • intense exertion or prolonged standing
  • a miscarriage
  • an ectopic pregnancy
  • etc.
  • The discomforts of the second and third trimester
  • anemia or deficiency (often related to lack of iron)

lying on the back by compressing the inferior vena cava by the weight of the uterus (vena cava syndrome). The left side position quickly improves things.

  • a placenta problem
  • gestational diabetes
  • pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • an epidural (it can cause a drop in blood pressure during childbirth)
  • (the same causes as in the first trimester)
  • etc.

What to do if you feel unwell during pregnancy?

In case of vagal discomfort, at the warning signs, lie down by raising your legs. This helps to return the large amount of blood contained in the lower limbs to the heart and the brain. It is then necessary to consult if it is a first episode or if the episodes are repeated frequently.

In the event of hypoglycemic discomfort, it is necessary to consume sugar without delay (sugar cubes, sugary drink, etc.).

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