Who hasn’t thought about how a mother’s body would change during pregnancy? I guess every woman who goes through this phase thinks of it at least once. I know I did and I know many other moms who weren’t quite sure of what to expect. Considering that, we have compiled a list for you that will help shed some light on what are the bodily changes that actually take place when you’re pregnant. Let us talk about those physiological changes during pregnancy.
1Changes in Breasts
The first and foremost change that is apparent is the change in breasts. As and when your pregnancy progresses, you start to realize that your breasts are becoming heavier and tenderer by the day. For some, change in breast size may be significant while for others it may not be so much. Whatever be the case, there is definite change in the size of the breasts during pregnancy.
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2Changes in skin
They say whether your skin glows or not is an indicator of whether you are having a boy or a girl. But we don’t necessarily believe that. Some women are more susceptible to their skin getting a discoloration or severe acne to name a few. While for others, it glows. There are also women who complain of their skin getting too dry as well.
In pregnancy, swelling is one of the most common things women suffer with. Although it is not only limited to the swelling of feet, but pregnancy can lead to swelling of hands, legs, ankles and/or feet altogether. When you have swelling, it is nothing to be worried about as it happens because of additional blood and fluid in your body.
4Changes in mouth
When you’re pregnant, you suddenly start seeing a change in the way your mouth feels. Your gums start to bleed and at times you even experience some tooth pain. The calcium requirement of pregnant women is much more than when not pregnant. You have to ensure that you take enough calcium in your diet; else your body will take it away from your bones and teeth to compensate for your baby’s requirement.
When you have significantly low levels of iron or potassium, you may start to have leg cramps which may not be too easy on you. Even if you are just lying down, you could get a leg cramp in the middle of the night too. Do ensure that your iron and potassium levels are on point as any deficiency can lead to really bad cramps, especially during the night time.
6Changes in the breathing pattern
When the baby starts pressing up against your diaphragm is exactly when you start to have trouble with breathing.
It usually happens towards the end of your pregnancy.
The best thing that helped me during this time was the side lying position.
It takes the baby’s weight off your diaphragm and you’re able to breathe more easily.
7Changes in your bowel movement
Constipation is one of the most common things that moms-to-be complain about. But if you take it positively, it is only temporary. Try to take as much roughage (fiber) in your diet. Not only that, don’t forget to do your daily exercise. If nothing else works, consult your doctor and take stool softeners.
Which of these changes were the most common with you during your pregnancy? How did you cope with them? We’d love to know your experience in the comments section.