Women go through a
variety of bodily changes throughout their reproductive years. The
reproductive years begin as a girl hits puberty. Physical as well as mental
symptoms are caused by the interplay of estrogen and progesterone during
every menstrual cycle. In fact, these hormonal interactions help a woman
conceive and bring about the changes that are essential to support a
pregnancy. Most women feel overwhelmed with joy, as they feel a new life
growing within them. However, the changes that appear due to hormonal
changes throughout these nine months can also be quite unnerving. Morning
sickness, fluid retention, backache and various other problems can cause
Pregnancy can also affect oral health. Swollen gums is one such oral problem that women often experience during the course of pregnancy. Wondering what causes swollen gums during pregnancy? Here's some information on why pregnant women are highly susceptible to swollen gums, gum sensitivity or gingivitis, especially during pregnancy.
Causes of Swollen Gums During Pregnancy
As mentioned earlier, the levels of estrogen and progesterone increase considerably during the course of pregnancy. A woman has to modify her diet and make various changes to her lifestyle so as to promote proper development of the fetus. The fetus gets all the nourishment from the mother's blood that is passed through the placenta. This is the reason why the heart pumps more blood and kidneys retain more blood. The adrenal glands are stimulated to produce higher amounts of aldosterone and cortisol so as to help the kidneys retain more fluid.
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