10 physical changes to expect in your body during pregnancy
The female body undergoes many changes during months of pregnancy. Some of these changes are physical and visible, such as weight gain, an enlarged uterus, and an expanding belly. There are also other changes that most women experience, such as morning sickness and back pain. Pregnancy affects all parts of a pregnant woman’s body. This blog takes a look at the top 10 changes and physical conditions to expect during your pregnancy.
Physical changes to expect in your body during pregnancy
Changes in your breasts
Your breasts will be tender and may get bigger during the first few days of your pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, your breasts may enlarge even more as you prepare to breastfeed. They can also lose colostrum, an early form of milk. You should wear a well-fitting bra for comfort and support. Ask your partner not to touch your breasts if they are tender.
Since your body needs more calcium for the baby, you will get it from your bones and teeth if you do not provide your body with enough calcium through your diet. Pregnancy hormones will also make your gums bleed more easily. You should have your teeth and gums examined thoroughly early in pregnancy, but no x-rays for obvious reasons. You should take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them regularly.
Changes in hair and nails
Many women have good hair during pregnancy because the hormone estrogen increases the length of the hair follicle growth period, which often results in thicker, healthier hair. A woman can also have more hair on her body; sometimes in unwanted places like the upper lip, back, stomach and nipples.
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Aches and pains
During pregnancy, the tendons and ligaments all over the body are stretched, not only to make room for the growing baby but also to let it go out during labor. This stretch can cause muscle soreness. You may feel pain in the lower abdomen. Carpal tunnel syndrome in one or both hands is also very common in pregnant women. This syndrome is caused by compressions of the nerves that transfer signals to the hands and fingers of pregnant women. You can take medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, but ibuprofen is not recommended after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Difficulty in breathing
Towards the end of your pregnancy, when the baby pushes down on your diaphragm, you may feel short of breath. This shortness of breath is called dyspnea. Sleeping with pillows to support the upper back, practicing good posture to keep the uterus away from the diaphragm, practicing breathing techniques like Lamaze breathing, and slowing down are the remedies for shortness of breath.
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Pregnancy hormones can cause constipation. In this case, you need to exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and increase the amount of fiber in your diet. If you still feel constipated, try a stool softener.
The increased blood volume causes congestion and a runny nose during pregnancy. You can try a saline spray to remove the mucus, or a Neti pot, which squirts water into your nose.
Your blood volume increases during pregnancy and puts more strain on your kidneys. In addition, the baby’s weight on the bladder increases pressure later in pregnancy, resulting in frequent urination. Be aware of your home/workplace location to avoid inconvenience.
Heartburn and gas
Acid reflux occurs when the sphincter muscle at the lower end of the esophagus relaxes and allows stomach acid to flow back into the throat. Most pregnant women experience it in the third trimester. There are some safe over-the-counter remedies or treatments that you can consider to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy.
You may experience sudden leg cramps, have an unruly urge to move your legs, especially at night, or you may feel like something