Pregnancy changes a woman's body in so many ways. First, the baby develops over a period of 40 weeks. In those 40 weeks, the body grows a baby. This article describes the many side effects of pregnancy. Some women have a "textbook" pregnancy. Some women have a variation on the textbook pregnancy.
And then there's the women whose pregnancy makes that textbook look like a book of lies. Women who have had more than one pregnancy can attest that each pregnancy is different, even for the same woman. Different aches and pains, different side effects. There are no hard and fast rules, or even absolute rules for that matter.
As we discuss these symptoms and side effects of pregnancy, process this information as, sometimes this can also happen during pregnancy. No woman can really know how her body will react to her pregnancy, for the most part women have to adopt a wait and see mentality.
If a woman's health before her pregnancy is at all a factor, that doesn't mean it could be a factor in what another woman experiences during pregnancy. Most information found about pregnancy summarize the most common pregnant concerns- it's not absolute- it's just most common pregnancy symptoms.
This article will not debunk what is already written, it's just to add a foot note regarding other symptoms that occur. The saying one size fits all does not always apply to pregnancy. Let's discuss the 14 real and fake pregnancy news and information.
14 Aunt Flow Stops As Soon As A Woman Gets Impregnated
For women who aren't familiar with their bodies or how pregnancy works, they believe that as soon as a women becomes pregnant that her period will stop coming. Although this is the case for most women, spotting during pregnancy is normal, but it can also be associated with a possible miscarriage.
However, some pregnant women report their period continues during their entire pregnancy. Check with your doctor to see if this is something to worry about. Some discharge is okay during pregnancy, but if it makes you feel uncomfortable it's best to discuss it with your doctor.
A menstrual cycle lasts normally seven consecutive days with the first few days having a heavier flow than the last day which usually has a lighter flow. Granted, as a rule of thumb, pregnant women should not have a full 5 to 7 day period, but don't be surprised if there is some flow during the early stages of pregnancy.
13 Morning Sickness Only Occurs In The First Trimester
It's incredible how many people believe that morning sickness only occurs in the first trimester, but the sad truth is, women can have recurring morning sickness in their last trimester, or for those poor few women, they might even have morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.
Morning sickness is nausea which can last throughout the entire pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynelogy, morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that comes with pregnancy, most commonly present during the first trimester of pregnancy.
You may be prone to having morning sickness if your mother or sister had it while they were pregnant or if you occasionally have migraines or motion sickness. Certain odors and movements can trigger morning sickness, so be cautious of your surroundings and activities, to avoid any triggers.
12 Losing Weight Begins With Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding my baby will help me loose weight! True, but not always. Your overall health condition can indicate how much weight you can lose after childbirth. Your diet, exercise, habits, and yes whether or not you choose to breastfeeding can affect your weight loss.
Surprisingly, some women also report that breastfeeding actually caused them to gain weight. That's because women need to eat a certain amount of calories to keep up their milk production, and these calories can result in weight gain.
Additionally, the hormones in birth control can sometimes cause weight gain or weight loss too, so if you're taking any birth control while you breastfeed, talk to your doctor about these side effects.
11 All Women Get Amazing Hair Growth
Many people report their hair becomes shiny and grows faster and longer while pregnant. With a fetus growing inside of you, eating extra veggies and fruit and taking vitamin supplements, many women report their hair becomes thick and luxurious during pregnancy.
However, please be aware some women have experienced the opposite. While some sections of their hair grow, their hair also breaks. Hair breaking out around the edges is common with some women. It slowly sheds and breaks off an inch around the hairline and by the end of the pregnancy you may feel like you need a protein treatment, a wig, or hair extensions to cover the breakage.
Some women cut bangs to hide the breakage in the front or cut their hair into a short bob to hide or remedy the severe breakage. Some women report breakage all around the head, front, sides, and back - almost in a line- like a halo.
Hormonal changes in a pregnant mom can affect hair growth, strength and breakage. Be aware this could happen to you while pregnant. So, the whole truth about hair growth during pregnancy is it may grow or it may break off. If you experience breakage, think about choosing a new hairstyle once the baby is delivered.
10 Glowing Skin Is A Guarantee
Oh, I can tell you're pregnant because your skin is glowing. Hormones and the added blood flow throughout a pregnant woman's body can give her skin tone a glow or a lightened affect, or rosy cheeks.
However, another side effect for pregnant women can even include skin rashes, or small bumps - pregnancy acne. While pregnant, what can you do about your skin other than moisturize? Be careful about treating pregnancy acne because some lotions are harmful to the baby.
Apply concealer and light makeup to cover the skin patches and even your skin tone. Your skin can change throughout your pregnancy. Exposure to sunlight can or can not affect your skin tone or breakouts. Talk to your doctor, or see a dermatologist about your skin changes.
9 Indigestion Is Only Felt In The Last Trimester
Gulp, gulp, do you know, you may suffer indigestion your entire pregnancy, not just during the last trimester? According to the March of Dimes, heartburn is common during pregnancy because the valves in the digestive tract are relaxed. Change your diet to ease heartburn. And just like morning sickness, find foods that agree with your stomach.
Digest small meals throughout the day. Avoid greasy fatty, and spicy foods. Elevate your head on pillows when you sleep to assist food passing through your digestive system. Don't eat right before bed. Feed yourself and feed your baby while you are pregnant, be sure to eat nutritious food during pregnancy.
Your taste palate may change, or it may not change. Find foods that agree with you and a warm towel/compress over the chest can ease annoying indigestion.
8 Dental Care Isn't Important During Pregnancy
Some women don't think they need to give a second thought to their oral care during pregnancy. In fact, some women don't even think they should visit their dentist during pregnancy.
Hormones affect your gums during pregnancy. While most of the attention during pregnancy focuses on the baby and delivery, don't wait until you're surprised later in the pregnancy when your gums start to bleed.
Pregnancy affects the body from head to toe. Your teeth can be cleaned and cavities filled during pregnancy. Some women have no dental issues through their pregnancy. Other women experience the "loose one tooth per baby!"
How pregnancy affects your oral health is not a popular topic to discuss. However the American Dental Association encourages women to have their teeth cleaned twice during their pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition some women have where their gums become swollen.
7 Bedrest Is So Relaxing
Bedrest is like a vacation for pregnant women. Not! In fact women on mandatory bedrest find it stressful. All experts agree to take it easy during pregnancy. Spending 30 minutes with your feet up can benefit you and your baby. Follow your doctors orders when it comes to bedrest.
Many moms lead active lifestyles and some bedrest is needed to provide a safe cocoon for the baby.
Pregnant women with multiples and pregnant women over 35 are sometimes prescribed bedrest in the hospital so they can be monitored especially if they have gestational diabetes, incompetent cervix or high blood pressure while they are pregnant.
While on bedrest, at home, a mom could sit in a chair and stretch her arms and chest - just to assist in breathing more deeply. During bedrest, crafting, coloring is a good past time. Be careful because a fair amount of energy and fitness is needed to deliver the baby and subsequently care for the baby.
Follow your doctor's orders and ask a family member to assist you during this time. Light stretching of your muscles while on pregnant bedrest can prepare you for delivery. Some Moms complain that bedrest makes them feel weak. Talk to your family members about getting the proper rest and support during pregnancy.
6 It's Easy To Conceive A Baby After 35
Can you have a baby after 35? Yes, but beware, and proceed with caution! People are living longer, women are working in careers longer and getting married later in life.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), pregnancy in women aged 35 or over is considered high risk, and must be screened. Older women are more likely than younger women to have a baby with a birth defect.
The March of Dimes lists certain complications for women over 35 having babies, they include, lowered fertility, pre-existing diabetes, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia. These conditions could cause issues during pregnancy or postpartum.
5 Expectant Women Can't Drive During Pregnancy
Some women are under the impression that it's unsafe for them to be driving while they're pregnant. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends women should still wear a seatbelt while pregnant. It is the law in most states. The air bags in your car should be turned on for safety. The lap belt should go under your belly.
The back seat is still one of the safest places to sit for kids and pregnant ladies. As you approach your due date, place your hospital bag in the car, keep your car trips short and close to home. Things can become more tricky when you are pregnant with a toddler or two smaller children. Ask a friend or family member to travel with you and tend to the babies in the car.
4 It's Not Safe To Exercise During Pregnancy
For a long time women were told not to exercise during pregnancy because it was thought that physical activity was bad for pregnancy and could cause a miscarriage. The American Fitness Association suggests a suitable exercise during pregnancy is walking.
Swimming and stationary cycling is safe to do while pregnant, after your doctors approval. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends pregnant women continue their exercise routine as long as it is not a contact sport. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate intense aerobic activity every week.
When exercising during pregnancy, you may find your breathing and balance more difficult. Breathing may become labored because of your growing belly and feeling off balance may cause you to move slower due to your shifting center of gravity. Some women ground themselves by sitting in the chair and exercising their arms and stretching their legs.
These ladies who were exercising before their pregnancy can continue exercising, but change their routine to a low impact version.
3 Pregnancy Causes Intense Back Pain
The movies and television would have us believe that carrying a baby is quite painful. They always depict a pregnant woman holding her arched back as she hobbles around. While back pain is a part of pregnancy it's not a guarantee that every pregnant woman will have bad back pain.
Some moms report having some back pain in varying degrees, throughout their pregnancy. Some women have no back pain at all. The growing baby changes your body so the center of gravity changes. Hormones are released and your joints are relaxed especially in the pelvic area, getting ready to deliver the baby.
Back pain can be relived by stretching the lower back. Sleeping on your side and using support pillows to alleviate back aches and pains works as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking and water exercise can strengthen and stretch the back.
Shoes with proper heal support can also alleviate back pain so you would have to take prescription medication while pregnant. Weight gain can also contribute to back pain.
2 Mom Needs To Stop All Beauty Routines During Pregnancy
There is still quite a bit of debate as to which parts of a woman's beauty routine are dangerous to the fetus and to mom. Watch out for skin irritation and be cautious when having beauty treatments during pregnancy. The US Food and Drug Administration does have a pregnancy website which discusses medicine, food safety, and safe medicines or beauty products with active ingredients, that you can take during pregnancy.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors additives in cosmetic products which includes hair color, hair products, eye cosmetics, nails and tattoos. Beware using products such as creams for stretch marks. Some women skip using creams with active ingredients like -acid- while they are pregnant.
Don't slather prescription lotion/cream before discussing whether it's safe to continue using it with your doctor first. Protective hair and low maintenance hairstyles are popular for women while they're pregnant, such as braids, and pinups. A strong blow dry can cause some discomfort for expecting women.
Massaging the scalp during a shampoo or a massage with a facial, could trigger a wave of nausea. Beware of a massages during pregnancy because sensitive areas could trigger contractions. Odors from creams, lotions, and antiperspirants can also trigger morning sickness.
It is recommended that women streamline their beauty routine for these 40 weeks.
1 The Baby Comes On The Due Date
Your due date can be the biggest lie of your pregnancy. There chance of the baby coming on your due date is incredibly low. In fact most due dates are inaccurate! A full term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but many woman go past their due date.
The estimated due date is based on the ultrasound, and last full period or ovulation schedule. For women who choose not to have an ultrasound, their due date is an estimated guess. American College of Obstetrics and Gynelogy says only 1 and 20 women give birth on their (EDD) estimated due date.
Your baby shower, time off from work, baby room/corner set up, travel, and doctors appointments all hinge upon the due date. We hope your due date is correct!