Matters of the gums

ToothbrushesI’m always amazed by the number of things no one tells you about getting pregnant: like how high incidents of miscarriage are; a little torture device known as round ligament pain; leg cramps and super sensitive gums.

I’d read in my ‘what to expect’ book that sensitive (and bleeding) gums were a normal part of pregnancy that I could expect at any point, but it wasn’t until just the other day that I fully understood.

Now, anyone who knows me well, knows that I have an (admittedly strange) love for a really good flossing. I’m probably one of the few people in the whole city who flosses religiously, every night, without fail. A good flossing is better than sex – well, almost. 😉

So when I started to notice that my mouth was full of blood after flossing, I was a little sad. Even if I’m super gentle, my inflamed gums spout blood like nobody’s business.

It never lasts long, and it isn’t painful for anything like that – so I’m just chalking it up to one of those pesky, but ultimately harmless pregnancy symptoms. I will still carry on with my regular oral hygiene routine in the meantime.

Mamas: Did you notice your gums were more sensitive than normal during your pregnancy?

Photo via Anderson Mancini,

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