Tuesday, December 12

Changes During Pregnancy

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When you see a pregnant lady, all that you can see is her round belly and a few added pounds everywhere. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here’s what goes on in a women’s body through each month of the pregnancy.

Month 1:       

            In all likelihood, women may not show or feel any symptoms. However, some women feel incredibly sleepy. Breasts might become tender and slightly larger by the fourth week. A heightened sense of smell is also one symptom. Women might notice that aromas that were hitherto pleasant cause gagging. Your favorite foods’ smell might seem repulsive.

Month 2:

            You might put on a little weight around the hips. A tiny bump may from around the stomach and waistline may increase. However, there might not be any noticeable weight gain. Although you might not yet know that you are pregnant, the umbilical cord is forming. This can be tiring for you. There is a change in the texture of hair and skin. Fine hair may become thick and shine or hair might even break and thin out. Skin might become flawless, free of blemishes and start glowing or you may develop acne problems. By the end of the second month, the level of progesterone and estrogen hormones in the body are almost four times the normal level. This may lead to major mood swings as also food cravings and aversions.

Month 3:

            There could be nasal congestion and problems of a stuffy nose. A lot of blood is being pumped through the body, which means that the heart has to work harder which also means that your energy levels might be at an all-time low.

Month 4:

            Generally, women tend to feel much better in the second trimester than they did in their first. However, since each person is different, so is their body’s reaction.  You might experience pain in the abdominal muscles because of it stretching to accommodate the baby.

Month 5:

            This can be the most enjoyable month for both the parents as the mother has adjusted to the hormonal changes in the body. The mother’s weight is not over-whelming as yet and she can feel the baby moving. However, an increase in the volume of blood can make the mother feel light-headed. Women must avoid resting on their backs. Rest well or you might develop varicose veins. The skin on your belly is stretching. This might lead to tightening and itching. Use a good moisturizer that has vitamin E to moisturize your skin.

Month 6:

            Breasts grow larger consistently. It is likely that colostrums (a yellowish liquid) might leak from the breasts. The Montgomery glands will become enlarged. Blood pressure might drop in the second trimester but will return to normal in the third trimester.

Month 7:

            As the baby grows bigger, the digestive tract, lungs and liver are pushed upward. This might lead to bouts of indigestion or constipation as well as breathlessness. You need to watch when you eat.

Month 8:       

            There will be a strain on your back, leading to severe back pain. You may noy be able to sleep properly because of the need to attend nature’s call often. This could make you snappish. Try to remain calm. Hands and feet might swell.

Month 9:

            Braxton hicks or false alarms occur regularly in this month. As the baby has grown to its fullest size by now, the stomach, liver, lungs, pelvic bowl are all cramped up against the diaphragm. This might be discomforting but you must be patient. Pregnancy can be over-whelming for some as there are massive physical changes in the body along with hormonal changes that affect not only the body but your emotional state as well. However the key is to be calm and composed and deal with it.


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