Being pregnant is one of the worlds most beautiful experiences any woman and couple can have. The pure magic of being able to bring a new life, a new possibility into this world is mind boggling. Many people dream of the day that they become a parent and are given the responsibility of shaping and molding a new life with their partner. If youre new to the experience of being pregnant, you should know that everyones experience is different.
Sometimes a doctor wont go over all the symptoms or possibilities since he/she may not want to scare you! Also, since everyones experience is subjective, it is usually best to address any issues as they come up. However, if you think that your doctor is not being responsive enough, then you should definitely feel free to seek out another doctor that youre more comfortable with. In this article we will be looking at a few of the possible changes you may experience while pregnant. I think it is better to be well informed and ready, even though you may not experience any of the following symptoms.
The first thing you might experience is an altered state. Being pregnant not only changes your body but it also has a huge effect on your mind. There is a huge probability that you will experience a nesting instinct. This means that you will want to create the perfect home or nest for your new child. As a result, you may find yourself wanting to undertake numerous home projects such as repainting the nursery, organizing the garage, safety proofing your home etc. These are all excellent changes to your home, but you should make sure not to over exert yourself!
The next change you might notice is an inability to focus and concentrate. The numerous hormonal changes as well as fatigue and morning sickness can account for this inability to concentrate. Also, you might probably be taken up with preparations for your baby which can also affect your focus.
Another popular symptom many women experience while being pregnant are mood swings! This is by far the one symptom that everyone expects. Women are naturally emotional creatures, but while pregnant, they can become even more so. You may cry one minute and be happy the next due to changes in your body and the hormones. You will also probably experience breast tenderness and other symptoms of PMS. Mood swings generally occur more during the first trimester and the end of the third trimester.
Changes in breast size are another issue that you will likely have to deal with. Breasts usually increase in size due to an increase of estrogen and progesterone in the body. You will also experience changes in bra size because your rib cage may expand since your body will need to increase your lung capacity to accommodate for both you and your baby. As a result, your bra size will most likely fluctuate a lot during your pregnancy and after, so expect to buy a lot of bras!
Another typical symptom that is usually experienced is changes in the skin. Pregnancy hormones cause the body to produce more pigmentation which can result in darkening of the nipples, genitals and anal region. There is also the possibility of forming brown or yellow patches of skin on the face. This is called the mask of pregnancy and is medically known as chloasma. Unfortunately, this cannot be prevented but if you wear sunscreen and avoid UV light, the effects can be greatly reduced.
Next, you will probably experience changes in the quality, texture and growth of your hair and nails. During pregnancy, your hormones may cause your hair to become shinier, grow faster and generally look amazing. Unfortunately, this is usually temporary and after giving birth, you will probably lose some of your hair. Some women also experience additional hair growth in areas such as on the nipples, face and stomach. There are usually changes in the texture of the hair as normally dry hair may become oily and vice versa.
Shoe size is another factor that might change. Your shoe size will probably increase by one or two sizes while youre pregnant. This is caused by the extra fluid in your body and also the swelling of your feet that is typically experienced. It may be better to wear slip on shoes or slippers as these may be more comfortable during pregnancy. However, there is a possibility that even after birth, your shoe size may remain one or more sizes larger than your pre-pregnancy shoe size.
A few other possibilities that you might experience include hemorrhoids, varicose veins and constipation. You can combat hemorrhoids and constipation by eating fiber rich foods, drinking sufficient water and regular exercise. Varicose veins can be reduced by elevating your feet while sitting, wearing lose clothes and generally staying off your feet.
In summary, there are some possible negative symptoms of being pregnant, however Im certain with the right support and preparation, you will be just fine.