Week 23: Even your mouth is affected by pregnancy!

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From the thicker hair on your head to your swollen feet, there doesn’t seem to be a part of your body that pregnancy doesn’t affect. It can even affect your mouth and teeth!

If you’ve noticed that your gums have been bleeding lately after you brush, it’s due to the increase in hormones that affect the mucous membranes in your mouth.

Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can also affect how your body responds to the bacteria responsible for causing oral infections. So, you may be more prone to cavities.

Brush twice a day, floss daily, and be sure to schedule regular dental visits. Read more about caring for your teeth for your health and the health of your baby.

Pain in the legs

Leg cramps, varicose (bulging) veins and swelling in your legs and feet are common complications during the later months of pregnancy as you gain more weight. Learn how to minimize pressure on your legs, and when you might need to contact your physician.

Keep an eye on your blood pressure

Some pregnant women have high blood pressure (hypertension) before they become pregnant, while others may develop it during pregnancy. Monitoring your blood pressure is important for you and baby to prevent serious complications. Learn about hypertension in pregnancy - and how to keep it in control.