7 Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms

How to cope with pregnancy symptoms, including excess gas, hemorrhoids, acne, and more.

By Lisa Fields
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Pregnancy changes your life -- and your body.

You knew that your belly would expand, you'd feel more tired than usual, and you might throw up a few times as your pregnancy developed. But you may not have expected some of the other physical changes.

"So many things happen to a woman's body when she becomes pregnant, and most are shocking: hair growth on your belly, belching and constipation, increased vaginal discharge , and hemorrhoids, to name a few," says ob-gyn Michele M. Hakakha, MD, author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy.

"These aren't things that a woman usually talks about, so it's no wonder that there's a bit of embarrassment," she says."I always joke that half my day revolves around answering questions that begin with: 'This is a really weird one,' or 'This is really embarrassing, but I need to ask.'"

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