So you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant and you couldn’t be more excited to become a mum. However, as well as excitement, you also feel a little anxious about what to expect from being pregnant and how your body will change. Of course, you know that your stomach will swell up as your baby grows, but you are most probably wondering what else will change while you’re pregnant.
We’ve all heard that with pregnancy comes cravings, morning sickness, and swollen ankles, but what else can you expect? To help you prepare for what’s to come, below is a list of seven surprising ways that pregnancy impacts the body and changes it. Have a read of this and ensure that you’re prepared for every aspect of pregnancy.
- Your teeth become more prone to decay
When you’re pregnant, your teeth become more prone to decay. When you’re pregnant, the increased hormone levels in your body can alter your body’s response to plaque, which can lead to your teeth becoming more prone to damage and decay. This means that the likelihood of developing a cavity, for instance, is higher.That being said, as long as you take the correct calcium supplements throughout your pregnancy and take good care of your teeth while pregnant, you can keep them as healthy as possible. Even so, it’s still a good idea to go for dental checkups throughout your pregnancy – every four months or so, to ensure that any problems are spotted early. If you aren’t already registered at a local dental practice, resources like dentist.24hourly.com could be worth using to find a suitable dentist in your area.
- Your hair may change
A lot of women report feeling that their hair becomes thicker when they are pregnant. However, research has shown that the hair doesn’t actually become thicker, it’s just that the hormones that come with pregnancy mean that you lose hair more slowly. This gives the illusion of the hair being thicker when actually there’s just more hair on your head at one time. You’re not growing more or thicker hair, it just takes longer for hair to fall out, that’s all. Some women also report that when they’re pregnant, their hair tends to get greasy more quickly. This is because when you’re pregnant, the hormones can cause your scalp to produce more oil, leading to your hair becoming greasy more quickly.
- Your skin may become more blemish-prone
Just like your head can produce larger amounts of oil when you’re pregnant, so can your skin. This means that you may be prone to oily skin when pregnant, which could then lead to your skin becoming more blemish prone. When the skin produces too much oil, the oil can clog the pores, causing breakouts to occur. To keep excess oil at bay, it’s a good idea to cleanse your skin two to three times a day with a gentle cleanser. This should help to prevent oil from clogging your pores, thus helping to stop breakouts from occurring.
- You will need to pee a lot
When you’re pregnant, you will most probably need to pee a lot. This is because as the baby grows, often it can end up compressing the bladder, making your bladder feel smaller and causing you to need to pee more often. This is a common side effect of pregnancy. However, once the baby has been born, the bladder should go back to normal.
- Your tastes may change
It’s a well-known fact that when you’re pregnant, you may have cravings for certain foods, but what about changes to your taste buds? When you’re pregnant, often your nose becomes more sensitive to smells, and your taste buds become more sensitive to strong tastes. Before getting pregnant you may have loved tuna or had a thing for mature cheddar cheese, but now it makes you feel nauseous – that’s because your tastebuds and sense of smell have changed. You may also find that after eating or drinking certain things, you’re left with a metallic taste in your mouth. This is often the case with caffeinated coffees and fizzy drinks. Some researchers believe that the metallic taste is the body’s way of warning pregnant women off of foods and drinks that they don’t need, such as things high in caffeine.
- Contact lenses may become uncomfortable
Do you wear contact lenses? If the answer is yes, then you may be in for a rude awakening. While your contact lenses have probably always been incredibly comfortable, as your pregnancy develops, you may find that they’re too painful to wear. You see, as more blood pumps around the body when you’re pregnant, it causes various areas of your body to expand, including your eyes. Yes, you read that right – your eyes. As your eyes expand and the shapes of your corneas change, you may find that wearing contact lenses becomes far too uncomfortable for you. However, a couple of months after giving birth, your eyes should go back to normal, and you should be able to wear contact lenses again.
- Your heart will beat faster
When you’re pregnant, there’s almost double the amount of blood in your body, and so, your heart has to work harder and beat faster. The chances are that when you’re pregnant, you will feel your heart beating much more than you would normally. This can feel strange at first, but after a few days, you’ll soon get used to it. However, what you may not get used to is the heartburn and indigestion that comes with pregnancy. Although there are medicines that you can take to relieve these conditions, they’re irritating and annoying to suffer from.
So there you have it, seven impacts on the body that pregnancy has. Being pregnant is, for the most part, a wonderful experience. However, as your body changes as your baby grows, you will start to notice some strange side effects. These range from morning sickness and swollen ankles to thicker hair and a faster heart beat.
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