You probably know that during pregnancy, the tummy grows and the breasts increase, but there are some other bodily changes as well. Most of pregnancy’s signs occur because of the pregnancy hormones. It is possible that some of them will surprise you (and not necessarily will be pleasant!).
During the pregnancy, women can feel and experience many changes that they haven’t heard about before. The doctors are joking that all moms-to-be should expect everything they do not expect from the pregnancy because this period is full of vicissitudes.
Nevertheless, pregnancy is a wonderful body condition, laced with life and mystery. There are thousands of myths and superstitions -- different checked and unchecked stories about pregnancy. Therefore, today we are going to get your attention and talk about some of the most surprising things -- that can actually happen -- that change your body during this amazing period.
8 Stronger and Shinier Hair
You should pay more attention to your hair during pregnancy. Normally, through this period, your hair becomes stronger and shiner. Honestly, your hair will not grow more than usual, but you will lose less of them. The hair passes more slowly. The amount of progesterone produced (which also helps to develop your baby) has a big influence on your hair growing.
After your baby’s arrival, your hair will become the same as it used to be and, probably, you will lose a lot of hair. Sometimes, it can be tufts of hair (don’t panic if it happens – it is normal). Especially in the first months after giving birth, your hair can pass, become dry, lose its shine because of the decreased amount of progesterone.
Even my hair has to be unruly?
Besides, the general situation of hormones in your body also changes and this has an influence as well. Other negative factors for your hair are postnatal depression, dusts, air-condition, etc.
What can you do? If you like full hair – enjoy it. If your hardly-manageable hair becomes what you consider gross or unattractive, you can ask a barber for fitting hairdressing.
After your baby’s arrival, it is advisable to take vitamins that you used to take during the pregnancy period. If you are not going to breastfeed, you can even start a special vitamins course for a few months in purpose to improve the condition of your hair.
7 Increased Hair on Your Body
As we talked above about stronger hair during the pregnancy, we should mention that hair on your body might expand as well. The sexual hormone androgens can cause unwanted hair. You can find hair on your chin, upper lip, jaws, or cheeks. Single hairs can come also on your belly, arms, legs, and back.
What can you do? Pluck, shave, or wax. It is your choice; just choose the most suitable method for yourself. All these modes are safe to eliminate hair problems. Anyway, don’t be afraid - all these hairy changes are temporary and should disappear after you finish breastfeeding.
6 Your Nails Grow Faster
Your nails can start growing faster during those 9 months. Besides, you can notice that their structure has changed. Some women notice that their nails had strengthened. Lucky them! Others find nails becoming weaker, brittle, or with some kind of groove formation or separation on them.
At least these problems have simple solutions!
What can you do? A manicure can be a solution. As for every pregnancy “problem”, the balanced diet with tons of vitamins can strengthen your nails. Even if you don’t belong to the pregnancy category with weak nails, a healthy diet and intake of vitamins are always great to achieve for.
It is advisable to avoid the solvent-based products (acrylic nails and polishes are included, too!). These products can be drying for your nails. Check labels and try not to use products with acetone and formaldehyde.
5 The Changes of Skin
Almost all pregnant women face skin changes. Some pregnant women say that their skin never has been so beautiful before the pregnancy. If you are one of them, enjoy your perfect skin.
Unfortunately, there is a kind of pregnant woman that experiences pimples, allergies, edgy skin, and other problems on their face during pregnancy. The hormones can inflame acne as well.
What can you do? To treat acne during the pregnancy can be really difficult, and you must be very careful. Talk to your doctor about the safe ways to treat the pimples. Some preparations destroying the pimples can be dangerous for your baby, so you must discuss it with your dermatologist! Also, you can take care and use some protective items, like eating balanced food, drinking a lot of water, and enjoying fresh air more often.
4 Striae (Stretch Marks)
Striae are probably the biggest problem for pregnant women. When the skin of your belly stretches because of your growing baby, the striae can originate. During the pregnancy, the striae are well-marked, but after the birth, they become paler and paler.
Some people believe that there are some genetic factors that can influence whether your skin structure tends to have striae. Others disagree and speak about ways to protect skin from striae. The prevention requires scrupulous efforts, but some of this stuff can really help to avoid or decrease the striae.
It is no easy feat to destroy it. Sometimes it can even be impossible. You should know, too, that striae are probably not going to just disappear, so your task is to make them invisible as much as possible.
What can you do? Despite the information you’ve read on the labels of preparations fighting striae, there are no medically proved creams, lotions, or cosmetic oils that could stop the origination of striae. The only and trusty ways are to gain the weight slowly and not more than is recommended and continually drink a lot of water to moisturize your skin. Creams, lotions, and oils will not worsen the situation, but you should not put all your expectations on them.
If you will start to nurse the striae early, it is possible to make them invisible. It is easier to treat them while they seem just like red spots. When they begin paling, the striae are less visible and healing is more difficult. To accelerate the blood circulation you can try a massage.
3 Skin Pigmentation
Due to the increased amount of melanin, a dark line (also known as linea nigra) going from the navel to the pubic bone might originate. Dark spots can originate on your face due to increased melanin as well. Melasma (aka the “mask of pregnancy”) is brown pigmentation on your cheeks, around eyes, and, sometimes, it can be on your brow or upper lip.
What can you do? The influence of sun can worsen the dark pigmentation. In purpose to decrease the intensity of these spots, you can use sun-protective creams with SPF 15 or more. In the market, you can find a wide range of preparations. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor about it. Wear a hat and try to avoid violent sun.
2 Bigger Breasts and Nipples
Bigger breasts during the pregnancy are one of the most well-known signs that you are going to have a baby. The hormone changes cause the blood inflow in your breasts. The breasts can be painful, swollen, and very sensitive -- the same feelings like before your menses. However, if you still haven’t had your period, the swollen and sensitive breasts can mean the pregnancy. Their sensitivity starts around the 4-6 week mark of pregnancy and continues until the end of the first term.
Around the 4-6th week of pregnancy, the mom-to-be will notice that her breasts start to grow, and they will increase through the whole pregnancy period. Normally, the breasts increase in 1-2 sizes, especially if you are going to have your first baby. The breast skin stretches, so it can be itchy.
If you gain more weight and your size increases more, you can notice striae on your breasts, so keep this in mind. The skin of your breasts is very sensitive and thin, so don’t panic if you see the capillaries and veins.
Whoa! Hello, nipples.
You can also notice that your nipples increase and became darker. It is normal. There can originate little areolar glands (aka Montgomery Glands) in the darker place around the nipples. These glands make an oily secretion to keep the areolar and nipples lubricated and protected from various germs. These glands will disappear after you end breastfeeding.
In the middle of your pregnancy, your breasts will probably start to secrete the colostrum, which is necessary for your baby during her first days. But don’t worry if the colostrum will not appear until the birth giving. It doesn’t influence the breastfeeding.
What can you do? Nothing. All these changes are designed to prepare your body breastfeeding your kid. After the breastfeeding, everything is supposed to come back to something near the earlier appearance.
But, the best you can do to accommodate these changes is to buy a comfortable and suitable bra. Pay attention to cotton, soft, and gentle bras, but not the synthetic ones. A good choice could be a bra designed for feeding moms.
If you do sports, choose a strong bra suitable for sports, because pregnant women have heavier breasts. Such bras help to hold the breasts, reduce discomfort, and decrease the ability of striae origination. Therefore, the breasts are still growing during the pregnancy, so you should choose a bigger bra.
1 Enlarged Feet
Pregnant women often say that they need bigger-sized shoes. This also happens because of the pregnancy. Your feet can increase a half or even a full size. It happens because of their swell and liquid accumulation in your body. Also, the increase of feet can be caused by disengaged ligaments. Don’t worry; it is temporary.
What can you do? Buy a comfortable pair of shoes and you will feel better at that period.
If when reading this article, some of the paragraphs seem really crazy, keep in mind that pregnancy can turn your world and body upside-down. It is better to be ready for all the surprises and don’t panic when you notice on your body something really unexpected. The more you know, the better you are prepared and can avoid negative emotions.
The most important of all is to remember that all these uncomfortable body changes will disappear after a while, and you will have just a memory of how your body looked like during the pregnancy period. If you will decide to fight all the negative stuff, don’t forget that some of the tools can be not friendly for pregnant women, so you should study all information carefully in purpose to avoid any negative influences on your baby.