Why am I salivating excessively?
Excessive saliva can be due to various reasons during pregnancy. It can be due to nausea that is preventing you from swallowing the saliva. Even heartburn and vomiting can be the reasons for this. To prevent or lessen this, you can either brush your teeth or use a mouth wash several times a day. Eat frequent small meals and drink more water. Also, be patient as this will subside in 12 to 14 weeks.
Why does my nose often bleed and why do I have nasal congestion?
This is quite frequent during pregnancy. The membranes inside your nose may either dry out, bleed easily or become swollen due to hormonal changes. This is particularly common in the colder months of the year. Drink lots of fluids to keep the membranes moist. When the nose bleeds, you can lubricate the nasal membranes with some salt-water solution, homemade or available in most pharmacies. You can also apply petroleum jelly on the edges of your nostrils before going to bed.
Why are my breasts tender?
The causes of breast tenderness are increased blood flow, changes in body tissue and rise in hormonal levels (oestrogen and progesterone). Your breasts may feel engorged or lumpy, may ache, and be sensitive to touch. You may also feel itchy on the breasts and on the nipples. Wear the right size of bra, preferably cotton, so that you're comfortable. Don't worry as this will subside once the delivery is done.
Why am I experiencing extreme mood swings? Is this normal?
This is absolutely normal and every 3 out of 5 women experience this during pregnancy. Hormonal changes are largely responsible for this, and your moodiness is here to stay throughout your pregnancy. So to counter this, do things that you like doing. Keep yourself distracted and spend quality time with your partner. Watch 'happy' movies, and stay out of any situation that could stress you out.
I never had varicose veins problems. Why am I having this problem now?
The pressure on the veins in your legs increases due to pregnancy and is three times more than what it was before due to the increase in the amount of blood in the body. The pregnancy hormone progesterone causes blood vessels to relax. This leads to varicose veins during pregnancy, especially on the dependent parts of the body like the legs and thighs. To improve the condition and ease the discomfort, you can take walks, do some feet and leg exercises, avoid standing for long periods, swim, and not gain too much of weight as it worsens the condition. This is temporary and will go away eventually after you have delivered.