What Happens to Your Body During Pregnancy?

What happens to your body during pregnancy is something every woman has wondered at some point or another. Women who are expecting have had this thought more than others. So here are some of the body changes every woman experiences during those nine months.

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Your breast is probably the first body part to experience body changes in pregnancy as a baby grows inside you. They become large, tender and painful, and even the thought of touching them brings the pain. This is the best time to start hunting for maternity bras in your favourite lingerie shop!

Did You Know How Your Body Changes During Pregnancy:

1.  How your body changes during pregnancy does not only have to do with physical change alone. The psychological changes are more daunting than the physical ones can ever seem to be. Pregnancy hormones flow through your system to make you break down and cry like a child on the smallest of things. It could be as meagre a thing as breaking your favourite teacup! So tighten your belts and be prepared to be a mess, but the best part is that people will still love you and find you adorable despite all your cribbins.

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2. Morning sickness is also associated with body changes during pregnancy, how your body reacts to the changes inside you. Though some women do not feel it at all, others tend never to get rid of it no matter how hard they try and then at one point, after three or four months, it goes away by itself as if it never happened. In case you are in your early weeks of pregnancy, mentally prepare yourself for a long hangover to save yourself from the hazard of the sickness later.

3. Varicose veins are again a very common pregnancy symptom. These are bulging veins in your vulva and sometimes even in your legs. Cause of additional pregnancy weight, varicose veins can be pretty unattractive. Talking to your doctor about it might help as she could tell you how to sit in a way to not exert much pressure on these veins.

4. You must have heard a lot about body changes during pregnancy that lead to clear and glowing skin. Sorry to burst your bubble, but not every woman gets clear and glowing skin when she is expecting. Sometimes, the pregnancy hormones backfire and leave you with a highly sensitive, acne-prone skin. There are also instances of discolouration on the face, rashes, and marks. If things get worse, it is best to consult your doctor, but in most cases, the skin returns to normalcy once the baby is born.

5. Body changes in pregnancy include fluid retention in the body, which causes swollen face, hands, and feet. This shows that your body is having excess water. However, do not restrict your water intake if this happens, as that could harm your health. In summer especially, drink lots of water and consult your doctor if you have swollen hands and feet.

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6. Stretch marks and pregnancy are like long-lost sisters! Come one, and you should potentially start preparing for the other. There will invariably be ugly red marks on your thighs, back, and stomach. Close to ninety-nine per cent of women experience stretch marks during pregnancy, a very common body change. The best way to avoid this is to apply olive oil gently on the skin from the start of your pregnancy days to keep stretch marks at bay!

7. What happens to your body during pregnancy? To understand this, you need a clear idea of what goes on inside your body in those nine months. As your baby grows inside your womb, it pushes against your organs. Sometimes, the baby may seem to be pushing against your urinary bladder very badly. This increases your urge to go to the loo and sometimes increases urination leakage. Even though you seem to run at your topmost speed, you do not get there in time. This is common in the last few weeks as the baby heads downwards, ready to enter the world.

8. Pregnancy also leads to carpal tunnel syndrome when a particular vein in your carpal tunnel swells up because of increased blood body. There is also more pressure on your hips and pelvic bones, and it is normal to feel intense pain in your buttocks that seems to radiate downwards towards your legs.

9. How your body changes during pregnancy is a miracle! During these nine months, the body constantly evolves with something new happening daily.  A woman with an iron stomach all her life will soon experience heartburn and constipation. Indigestion will become a regular feature of your daily life. If you take iron supplements during pregnancy, your chances of experiencing constipation go a notch higher. While you seem to have constipation and heartburn, your craving for all sorts of things increases. Women crave things like sand and mud during their baby days. Though there is no scientific reason explaining why women crave, I feel it is perfectly natural to give in to your indulgence if they are towards food because we all have guilty pleasures!

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Pregnancy is one of the best times of your life, so enjoy it to the fullest without stressing much about what or how things will happen. Everything will eventually figure itself out, and you will soon have your bundle of joy in your arms; the day you do, you will look and realise all the pain you have experienced, all the sleepless nights you lay awake, and all the silent tears you shed when your baby was kicking you from within was so worth it. Nothing could have been more fulfilling.


About Yashasvi

Yashasvi developed a deep passion for writing ever since she was completed her Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and has chosen a career that is driven by creativity. A Parenting expert who believes in communicating effectively with a personal touch, she writes about pregnancy, baby care, lifestyle, and just about anything else.