Women’s body goes through many changes during the pregnancy period of none months. Some of these changes are physical and are clearly visible like weight gain, enlarged uterus, and an expanding belly. There are other changes as well that most women are familiar with such as morning sickness and backaches. Pregnancy affects every part of the body of a pregnant woman. This blog discusses 10 most prominent physical changes and conditions that you can expect during your pregnancy.
Physical Changes to Expect in Your Body During Pregnancy
Changes in your breasts
Your breasts will feel tender and may become larger in the early days of your pregnancy. As the pregnancy advances your breasts can get even bigger as they prepare for breastfeeding. They may also leak colostrums, an early form of milk. You should wear a well-fitting bra for both comfort and support. Ask your partner not to touch your breasts if they are tender.
Since your body requires extra calcium for the baby it will get it from your bones and teeth if you don’t provide your body enough calcium through your diet. The pregnancy hormones will also cause your gums to bleed more easily. You have to get your teeth and gums thoroughly examined early in your pregnancy, but no x-rays for obvious reasons. You should take good care of your teeth by regular brushing and flossing.
Hair and nails changes
Many women have good hair during pregnancy as estrogen hormone increases the duration of the growing period of hair follicles that often result in a healthier and thicker hair. A woman may also experience more hair growth in her body; sometimes in unwanted places like the upper lip, back, stomach, and nipples.
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Aches and pains
During the pregnancy period, tendons and ligaments throughout your body stretch, not just to have room for the growing baby, but also to let the baby out during labor. This stretch can lead to aches and pains. You may feel pain in the lower abdomen. Having carpal tunnel syndrome in one or both hands is also very common for pregnant women. This syndrome is caused by the nerves’ compressions that transfer signals to pregnant women’s hands and fingers. You can take medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, however, Ibuprofen is not advisable after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Shortness of breath
Towards the end of your pregnancy, when the baby presses up against your diaphragm, you may feel shortness of breath. This shortness of breath is called Dyspnea. Sleeping with pillows to support the upper back, practicing good posture to move the uterus away from the diaphragm, practising breathing techniques such as Lamaze breathing, and slowing down are the remedies for shortness of breath.
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Pregnancy hormones can cause constipation. In that case, you should get regular exercise, drink plenty of water and increase the amount of the fiber in your diet. If you still feel constipated, try A stool softener.
The higher blood volume leads to congestion and runny noses during pregnancy. You can try a saline spray to clear the mucus out, or a Neti pot, that squirts water through your nose.
Your blood volume gets increased during pregnancy and puts increased pressure on your kidneys. Moreover, the weight of the baby on your bladder gets increased the pressure later in pregnancy, resulting in frequent urination. Be well aware of the location of your house, workplace to avoid embarrassment.
Heartburn and Gas
Acid reflex happens when the sphincter muscle at the lower end of your esophagus relaxes and allows stomach acid to back up into the throat. Most of the pregnant women experience this in the third trimester. There are safe over-the-counter remedies or treatment available that you can consider to get rid of heartburn during your pregnancy.
You may experience sudden leg cramps, have an unmanageable urge to move your legs particularly at night, or you may feel something is crawling on your legs. Low iron or potassium can lead to this symptom. You can stretch your legs before going to bed and exercise regularly to avoid this symptom. You can also eat a banana that is rich in potassium. You should ask your doctor to examine your iron levels; if found too low, you may have to take a higher iron supplement.
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