There are several things that your mother or your maternal side wouldn’t alarm you of during your pregnancy. Besides, do not bend over, exercise slowly but regularly, eat good healthy food, etc. you may have not heard anything more. We bet during these happy days, there are several drawbacks. Drastic body change, numerous google searches, mood swings, mixed emotions, unending cravings for the weirdest of food.
A lot goes around behind your pregnancy. Even worst when it is your first time. Gestating a baby for a whole 9 moth is full of surprises. Yet there are so many vulnerabilities that go around the whole pregnancy. A few positives but a lot more negative. Nevertheless, we would not want you to miss out on any. Check out 5 such Amazing Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant.
Changes in Your Skin Tone
Are you fed up listening to “Oh, You Have the Pregnancy Glow?” The hormonal changes are developed in your body during the early pregnancy stage. In pregnancy, women tend to have an increase in their blood volume that provides extra blood flow to the uterus and other organs. The greater volume in the blood flow, the more blood it gets to the vessels and increases oil gland secretion. What you will notice is the development of yellowish and brownish patches that is called chloasma on your face. A few women have also noticed a dark line on their lower abdomen that is called the linea nigra. Hyperpigmentation around the nipple area, external genitalia, and anal region is bound to happen to a few women.
For women who love sunbathing during pregnancy, you may burn easily. Remember, to protect your skin with a good sunscreen. Stay away from heat and sun for a longer time. Besides the changes in your skin, you will also experience a massive change in your hair growth. It can increase in pregnancy and make your hair greasy. Once you give birth, it will feel like you’re losing a lot of hair but it’s simply losing the extra hair.
Lack of Concentration
Tiredness and morning sickness can make women feel mentally unfit and worn out, also adding terrible trouble in concentrating and periods of memory gain. They tend to forget their regular regimes like household chores, paying bills, gynecologist appointments, etc. This isn’t any sort of memory loss problem, but just due to a change in their hormones.
Mild forgetfulness during pregnancy is quite normal during pregnancy. However, if the problem persists, go visit your gynecologists. If you are experiencing a lack of interest in the routine you enjoyed doing before there might be a sign of depression.
Your Heart Grows Astoundly
Your baby needs oxygenated blood and greater demand that imposes on your circulatory system. Your body compels your heart to grow in a side to manage the new volume of formed blood to make sure that it moves in every corner of your and your baby’s body. That in total is a 50% increase in the blood. Eventually, that will increase problems in various parts of your body.
Facts to know: According to Healthline, your uterus expands about the size of orange during the first trimester and in the third trimester, it expands to the size of a watermelon.
Babies Try To Cry In Your Womb
Yes, you heard it just right! Babies cry right after you give birth, but did you know? They can even attempt to cry in your womb. Researchers and gynecologists had monitored mid-term babies through ultrasound and watched their reactions to sounds that were played on their mother’s belly.
What does this mean?
Your baby is practicing how to cry. The ultrasound used is to disturb the fetus to get the crying response, but a process will not cause you any pain. However, during the entire process, your baby will hardly cry for less than 15-20 seconds.
Increase Your Blood Volume by 40-50%
Your baby needs oxygenated blood to develop and grow, due to which your blood volume will increase by 40-50% over your non-pregnancy blood volume. This means the average adult woman’s blood volume is 1.5 gallons. During pregnancy, you can easily produce up to 0.75 gallons of extra blood.
The total red cell mass and the plasma volume are managed by various mechanisms and your pregnancy provides a way for it. As a result of the greater increase in the plasma volume, the red cells in the blood are diluted and the hematocrit drops from a non-pregnant average of about 35 to 45 during the third trimester.
Besides the above 5 things, there are various symptoms and things women should keep in mind and never ignore. Seek the best care and treatment by the right gynecologists, along with routine check-up that needs to be your priority.
Also Read: Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
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