During pregnancy, you may feel very happy. Because when a new life grows inside your body, it brings about a huge change in both your body and your life. It could also be a time when you’re worried about some change you’re going through and you wonder when you should ask for help.
Most changes in your body are probably a normal part of pregnancy, and most pregnancy health problems are mild and common. However, there are some signs that things may not be going well during pregnancy, which may indicate more serious pregnancy complications.
These symptoms may appear at different stages of pregnancy. Others could happen at any time. Even if you are not sure of your symptoms but feel that you or your baby are not well, it is important to get checked out. Here are some common changes you should expect during pregnancy: morning sickness, weight gain, skin changes and breast changes.
During the early stages of pregnancy, as a pregnant woman, you may experience nausea and vomiting, which in this case is also called morning sickness. Actually pregnant women are common to these events especially in your first three months of pregnancy. Morning sickness is thought to be caused by hormonal changes and can occur at any time of day and night, not just in the morning. As unpleasant as morning sickness can be, it’s not going to hurt your baby. But don’t think morning sickness is a small thing if you experience excessive nausea and vomiting. The condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum. Facing this problem requires frequent hospitalization. Hyperemesis gravidarum is not common but can be severe. It’s worse than morning sickness. If you’ve been sick and can’t swallow, talk to your midwife or doctor as soon as possible.
Besides, you can rest more and avoid eating foods or smells that you don’t like. On the other hand, it is recommended that you eat foods and drinks containing ginger. Ginger has been shown to soothe nausea. Make sure to check with your doctor before taking ginger.
During the first few months of pregnancy, you may gain 1 to 4 pounds. Weight gain becomes more pronounced at the beginning of the second trimester.
If your BMI is normal, we suggest you add 11 to 15 kilograms. In the latest study, only a third of the women followed the recommendations, and most pregnant women exceeded them. Please note that if you are twins or triplets, weight gain may vary. Check with your doctor about your weight gain goals.
Why gain weight as recommended? If you gain less weight, you may have a small baby, which can lead to breastfeeding problems or developmental delays. On the other hand, if you gain more than the recommended amount of weight, you may experience birth complications, c-sections and future obesity problems.
You are advised to eat a balanced diet and limit your sugar intake. Avoid consuming more calories than you need. (It’s 340 calories a day in the second trimester and 450 calories a day in the third.)
The skin changes
Stretch marks are the most common skin changes during pregnancy. Since nearly 90% of pregnant women have stretch marks or pigmentation, you’ll find plenty of lotions or creams on the market to prevent them. Pay attention to the ingredients before you buy them.
Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can make your nipples and surrounding areas dark. Your skin may also get a little darker, either locally or throughout the body. Birthmarks, moles and freckles can also become black. Some women have a black line in the middle of their abdomen, called the “black line.” These changes fade after birth, although your nipples may remain a bit darker.
Also, you may have heard of “glowing pregnancy”. Your face will be oily and light up due to hormonal changes. Don’t worry. You can try a cleanser that doesn’t contain oil. What’s more, during pregnancy, you may experience varicose veins in your legs. To prevent this, don’t stand for long periods of time and walk as much as possible to improve circulation.
If you sunbathe during pregnancy, you’re more likely to get sunburned. Use a high-factor sunscreen to protect your skin from prolonged exposure to the sun.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, your body’s blood volume begins to increase to meet the developmental needs of the growing fetus. This may cause the veins in your breast to become larger, bluer, and more visible. Your breasts will continue to grow. They may feel soft and swollen, although these symptoms usually go away in the first few weeks of pregnancy as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes you experience. You may feel pain in your armpits. The breast tissue in that area is called Spencer’s tail.
For many women, breast changes are one of the first signs of pregnancy. Your breasts will continue to change as your pregnancy progresses. You may notice your breasts getting bigger, more sensitive, softer, more painful, and heavier, which is why the bra is so tight for you before pregnancy. At the same time, your nipples get bigger and darker in preparation for breastfeeding. It’s time to consider choosing a maternity bra to support your ever-changing breasts.
Before buying a new bra, consider whether it meets all of your needs:
Is it retractable to accommodate your breast changes from pregnancy to breastfeeding?
Does it feature wider straps and no steel wire to provide maximum comfort?
Is it the half pregnant bra and the half breast-feeding bra?
Mom’s body is amazing when she’s pregnant. Be happy and positive about these changes, and if you have any concerns, contact your OB- GYN.