We got a list of the most popular questions you ask Google relating to pregnancy and answered them to save you some time searching and scrolling - find all the answers right here on the JoJo Little Extras blog.
How does pregnancy affect your teeth?
Ah, those pesky hormones! Among other things, hormonal changes during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to plaque build-up, which can often lead to swollen sore gums and bleeding. It’s called pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease, and your dentist will be able to help you manage it. On the bright side, dental care is free during pregnancy and for a year after your due date!
To learn more and for tips on dental care, click here.
Will a pregnancy test be positive at 4 weeks?
At 4 weeks, the egg has usually implanted to become an embryo and you should get a positive pregnancy test.
Pregnancy tests are most reliable from the first day of your missed period. But, if your cycle’s irregular or you have just lost track, it can be confusing to know when to take a test you can rely on; in this case it’s best to wait at least 3 weeks since you think you conceived before taking a test.
Which pregnancy pillow is best?
At JoJo, we stock some of the best pregnancy pillows on the market. The Bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow in Dusty Pink has received 5-star reviews for being so comfortable and supportive. Some qualities to look out for when buying a pregnancy pillow include adjustable firmness, enough length to support you in all the right places and a removable, washable cover.
Which pregnancy vitamins should I take?
The early weeks of pregnancy can be the most important when it comes to your baby’s development. It is recommended that you take a folic acid supplement to reduce the risk of problems – you should take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day – from before you're pregnant until you're 12 weeks pregnant.
It’s also advised that you consider taking a Vitamin D supplement - you should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day. This is especially worth considering while we are spending more time indoors due to Covid-19.
For more information from the NHS, click here.
Where is pregnancy weight distributed?
Although much of the extra weight you carry during pregnancy is caused by your baby growing, your body will also store fat in different places, ready to make breast milk once your baby is born. According to WebMD, this is how the weight is likely to be distributed:
- Baby: 8 pounds
- Placenta: 2-3 pounds
- Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
- Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
- Blood supply: 4 pounds
- Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
- Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
- Total: 25-35 pounds
When do pregnancy symptoms start?
As infuriating as the two-week-wait can be, there is no straight answer to this question to help get you through. Many early pregnancy symptoms are the same PMS signs you would get as your period approaches, so be wary of relying on them too much before you’ve officially missed your period.
Pregnancy experiences are different for everyone, so don’t be worried if you are yet to feel any symptoms, or if you are experiencing a few! The earliest symptoms can happen at the same time as implantation – you may experience cramps or spotting around 8-10 days after ovulation. Some symptoms may also start a few days after conception, or a week-and-a-half before your missed period, these can include tender breasts, nausea, bloating, fatigue or sensitivity to smell.
Once you’ve officially missed your period and had a positive test, changes in hormones are likely to cause a surge in the symptoms mentioned above from around 4 weeks of your pregnancy. For more symptom-spotting tips, click here.
When do pregnancy symptoms stop?
Once you get through the slog of the first trimester, the worst of your symptoms may hopefully start fading away as your hormones settle down for the second trimester. But we’re sorry to say, this doesn’t mean you’ll get through the rest of your pregnancy symptom-free! The second trimester can come with a whole new set of niggles, including swollen and bleeding gums, increased sex drive, feeling thirstier, swollen hands and feet and more. And as we’ve already mentioned, every pregnancy experience is different! This could mean you experience symptoms all the way through, or you only have a few. Click here for more information on the second trimester.
When will my pregnancy start showing?
Experiencing all of the symptoms but none of the show? Try not to panic! The awkward bloated but not-quite-ready-for-maternity-jeans phase will soon pass. A lot of factors can determine when your belly will start looking less like a belly and more like a bump – if you’re a first-time mum you may start to show later than those who have already had a baby; if you’re short and will a small build you may show quite quickly and if you’re tall with a broader build you may show later in the second or third trimester. But these are all generalisations, there are many more factors at play. On average, a first pregnancy will start to show between 12-16 weeks, and subsequent pregnancies may show earlier in the first trimester. Enjoy your favourite pair of skinnies before you know it your bump will pop out and you have to say goodbye for a while!
Are pregnancy symptoms worse with twins?
You may have heard the common misconception that you’re more likely to experience morning sickness – and more of it – if you’re carrying twins. According to the NHS, some women expecting multiples do report lots of morning sickness, but others do not experience any!
Their website does however report that you’re more likely to experience piles and varicose veins when carrying twins due to the extra weight on your blood vessels in the pelvic area. You may also be more prone to heartburn and indigestion and backache and pelvic pain later on in pregnancy. But, at the end of if you get two sweet babies, so it’s all worth it, right!
Are pregnancy cravings real?
They certainly are real, and they come in all sorts of strange forms! In the first trimester, when nausea is likely at its peak, many women crave fatty or beige foods like chips and croissants or cold and crunchy snacks like ice lollies. The most surprising cravings include foods that women didn’t necessarily like before they got pregnant, or combinations that would never usually be eaten together – like chocolate cake and pickled onions! Click here to discover some random craving combos.
Is there anything I can do about morning sickness?
Anyone who’s experienced it will attest to the fact that pregnancy sickness is in no way confined to just the mornings, and can leave you feeling low at any time of day. Common remedies like ginger and sea bands have varying effects, and sadly there is no one-size-fits-all magic cure. However, you might have more success alleviating nausea by enlisting a ‘toolkit’ of products rather than depending on one thing. Try the Spritz for Nausea from My Expert Midwife alongside ginger (try it in different forms), and pre-empting nausea by having a small snack before it sets in.
Are pregnancy massages safe?
Not only are they safe, but they can work wonders if you’re suffering from any pregnancy-related aches. And if you’re not in any discomfort, they can just be a lovely way to treat yourself and wind down!
There are some precautions to bear in mind when booking a massage with a trained therapist. Make sure you let them know you are pregnant and by how many weeks; ask them if they plan on using oils and if so, which ones? Some essential oils are thought to prompt contractions or affect babies’ development and your sense of smell may be heightened, so it might be a good idea to ask for a scent-free oil or cream. You’ll also want to lie in the best position for you – in the third trimester, sitting up, lying on your side or semi-reclining are good options; some massages tables may also have a hole cut out to accommodate your bump.
For more details about safe pregnancy massages and spa treatments click here.
Are pregnancy belts safe?
At JoJo we offer medical grade maternity support belts that are safe to use both during and after pregnancy to help relieve tension and alleviate pain in the lower back as well as providing support to your abdomen. The only downside is that it is not recommended to wear them for long periods of time as this will be less effective than wearing them a couple of hours a day. Click here to see our range.
Read our blog for extra tips to soothe your back and bump – click here.
Why does pregnancy and postnatal exercise matter?
Working out while pregnant and once your baby arrives boasts all the same advantages as exercising without a baby, plus a few extras! Exercise can be relaxing, it releases happy endorphins, makes you fitter and is essential as part of living a healthy lifestyle. When you’re pregnant, certain exercises can help you strengthen your pelvic floor and make you generally stronger for when you go through labour. Maintaining or building strength during pregnancy can also help you recover faster after the birth and will give you that extra boost when you go through the exhaustion of having a newborn on your hands. Don’t just take it from us – hear from the experts over on our blog!
Plus, check out our maternity activewear: click here
Why do my pregnancy symptoms come and go?
Your pregnancy symptoms may vary in frequency and intensity as your hormones fluctuate over the trimesters. It is perfectly normal for them to come and go, and even for them to completely disappear some days; every woman is different and will experience pregnancy in her own way, so try not to get sucked into Googling everything unless you really feel something is wrong. If you’ve been experiencing multiple symptoms and suddenly have none at all, or you feel a decrease in foetal movement, raise your concerns with your midwife or doctor. It may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to check!
Can pregnancy cause diarrhoea/ constipation?
Constipation can be common during pregnancy as a result of fluctuating hormones – progesterone relaxes the muscles in your bowels, which means the food stays in the digestive tract for longer and builds up.
Although it happens left often, diarrhoea can also come as part of the pregnancy package. Pregnancy itself doesn’t necessarily cause diarrhoea, but if you’re suddenly eating more fruit and veg, drinking more water or even working out more than usual, it can cause your stools to loosen up. Some women also find their prenatal vitamin causes diarrhoea – if this is the case you may want to look into changing brands.
If you’re suffering with either case for a couple of days, speak to your GP or midwife about your options. Diarrhoea in particular can lead to complications, such as dehydration.
Can pregnancy hormones cause anxiety?
Those pesky hormones are at it again! Although it is completely natural to feel a bit anxious when you’re pregnant, hormones can play a part in intensifying those feelings. As your hormone levels rise and fluctuate, you may experience more mood swings, feel tearful or more irritated than usual too. Once your body has adapted to these hormones you should start to feel more like yourself again, but as your pregnancy progresses it’s also completely normal for your anxiety levels to rise as you anticipate going into labour. Your GP or midwife will be able to offer advice on how to manage your anxiety. Joining an antenatal group and talking it out with others in a similar position or some light exercise may help. For more information and tips from NCT, click here.
Can pregnancy cause thrush?
Another side effect you have progesterone to thank for! Research suggests that pregnant women are twice as likely to develop thrush than at any other time in their life. As the hormones increase, so can the level of glucose in the vaginal wall, which creates the perfect conditions for yeast like fungus to multiply rapidly there, leading to thrush.
There is no evidence to suggest thrush will harm your unborn baby and there are ways to treat the condition easily – just ask your GP.
What are the NHS pregnancy nutrition guidelines?
There may be two of you now, but the recommendation is that you continue to eat for one. Even if you are expecting twins or triplets, there is no need to “eat for 2”, three or four.
The NHS recommends:
- Eating a nutritious breakfast every day to avoid sugary or fatty snacks later.
- Sticking to a balanced diet – if you can’t achieve balance with every meal, look at it as having a balanced week of food.
- Eating lots of fruit and veg (5 a day), this will provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre, which can help prevent constipation - a common side effect of pregnancy.
- Opting for wholemeal or high-fibre carbohydrates to give you energy, vitamins, fibre and a full feeling without adding too many calories.
- Having some protein-rich foods every day. This can include beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat (avoiding liver), poultry, nuts.
- Trying to have 2 portions of fish each week, 1 of which should be an oily fish like salmon, mackerel or sardines.
- Choosing low-fat varieties when it comes to dairy products.
To see the full guidance, including foods to avoid during pregnancy, click here.