When you get pregnant, your body undergoes so many physical changes, some of which can be unappealing. But despite its lack of appeal, you are going to love everything about it because you know that someone beautiful is going to come out soon. So, here are some examples on what to expect when you are expecting.
Your breasts will go through a series of changes in the course of your pregnancy. In the first trimester, they will begin to swell to become bigger as it prepares for breastfeeding. Sometime during pregnancy, the milk will start to leak out. Make sure to wear a bra that aims to support the breasts as it can sometimes feel tender too.
The baby’s weight puts pressure on your bladder giving you the urgent need to urinate frequently. Try to avoid diuretic beverages like coffee, tea and alcohol, if you can because they will only give you more reason to frequent the bathroom again and again.
Shortness of breath
This is a common experience during pregnancy. As the gravid uterus gets bigger during pregnancy, it also puts pressure on your diaphragm. This contributes to the shortness of breath you feel when walking or climbing up the stairs. Make sure to slow down when you feel like this. Give your body and your breath time to catch up.
The reason for your pudgy legs, ankles and feet during pregnancy is that your body retains more fluid during this time. A gravid uterus also puts pressure on your veins, thus impairing the flow of blood through the heart and other parts of the body. Sometimes, edema can also be noticed on the face and on the hands. Edema is perfectly normal as it accommodates the needs of your baby inside your womb.
Good oral hygiene is very important during pregnancy. Maintain regular flossing and tooth brushing to avoid losing a tooth during pregnancy. This is a possibility for those who have low calcium blood levels. When your body lacks calcium, it will take its supply from your teeth. You will also notice that you are more prone to bleeding gums. So, make a habit of taking calcium supplements and caring for your teeth and gums.
These changes are inevitable during a pregnancy. Others may just experience one or two changes, but some will suffer all of it and even more. Even after pregnancy, some of these changes will stay with you a while longer. Just be mentally ready for all that is to come and await the birth of a miracle, that is your baby.