5 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant

When a woman carries a child, her body goes through many adjustments to make sure she and the baby get through the next nine months safely. Pregnancy changes the human body and all pregnancy info you need is easily accessible. Usually, at your first prenatal visit, your doctor is likely to give you some informative pamphlets that cover the entire subject.

Despite all this information, here are 5 common surprises that pregnancy can bring.

The Nesting Instinct

As the due date draws closer, many pregnant women feel the nesting instinct take over. This is a powerful urge to decorate, clean and arrange their home in preparation for the baby’s arrival.

Washing walls and cleaning all your cupboards are things you may find yourself doing — things you never imagined doing in your ninth month of pregnancy. The desire to prepare your home can be useful as you’ll have fewer things to do after the birth. But try not to overdo it.

Concentration Problems

Tiredness and morning sickness can make many women feel worn out and mentally fuzzy in the first trimester. Even a well-rested pregnant woman may find it difficult to concentrate and may experience periods of forgetfulness.

This may be brought upon by thinking about the baby and hormonal changes play a role in it too. Other things such as work, bills, and doctor appointments may seem less important than the coming of the baby. Making a list of things to-do can help you remember dates and appointments. Or simply set a calendar with reminders.

Joint Mobility

During pregnancy, your body makes the hormone relaxin, which softens ligaments and is believed to help prepare the pubic area and the cervix for birth. This may make you less stable and more at risk of injury. It’s will become relatively easy to overstretch or strain the joints in your pelvis, lower back, and knees. When exercising or lifting objects, go slowly and avoid sudden movements.

Hair Growth

Many women experience changes in their hair texture and growth. During pregnancy, the hair can feel healthier and fuller. This is mainly due to your hormones making your hair grow faster and fall out less. Unfortunately, these awesome sounding benefits usually aren’t permanent. Many women lose some hair in the postpartum period or after they stop breastfeeding.

Also, some women find that there is an increase in body hair growth, and in somewhat unwanted places. These can include the face or belly or around the nipples.

Your Partner’s Matching Symptoms

It’s called couvade syndrome — or sympathetic pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, more research is needed to determine whether it has psychological causes, but men have reported symptoms like nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, back ache, anxiety, and depression.

Make an appointment to see your healthcare provider, or find your nearest Marie Stopes centre and make an appointment online.

Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)

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