Body Changes When Pregnant – What to Expect
While some body changes when pregnant are expected, there are some changes that you must chat to your doctor about.
Your body will change more during pregnancy than at any other time in your life.
It will change during the first trimester. And then again, you will encounter a whole new changes in the third trimester. And before you know it, you will be recovering postpartum with more new challenges.
Your belly grows. Your balance is affected. And your hormones are out of control!
Who’s doing this to me?
I know. It’s nothing like you could have expected.
You can try and explain to your husband or partner what you’re going through. But it’s hard for them to understand.
You’re Not Alone!
Most women experience these common body changes and symptoms. Some experience them at varying degrees.
10 Common Body Changes When Pregnant
The muscles that break down food become more relaxed. Hormone changes also slow down this process.
Food will stay in your stomach longer. This gives your body more time to absorb nutrients. All these things can cause or worsen heartburn.
2. Frequent urination.
You will feel like you need to go to the toilet more often. This is because your growing uterus pushes on your bladder. You may even leak a little urine when you cough or sneeze.
3. Feeling Light-headed.
Your body is working overtime to make extra blood to support your baby. This can cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. Hunger, weakness, or stress can cause these symptoms as well.
4. Visible veins.
Your body makes extra blood. Your heart pumps faster to meet the needs of pregnancy. This can cause the blue veins in your belly, breasts, and legs to become more noticeable. You may develop spider veins on your face, neck, or arms.
5. Skin changes.
You may feel that your skin looks more rosy and shiny. It is caused by increased blood circulation. Pregnancy hormones can cause extra oil on your skin.
6. Breast changes.
Most women notice changes in their breasts early in pregnancy. The hormones in your body change to prepare for breastfeeding. As this occurs, your breasts may feel tender and swollen.
You should be taking a daily prenatal vitamin that contains iron. The iron in the vitamin can lead to constipation. Your doctor may suggest taking fiber supplements or a stool softener to provide relief.
8. Vaginal changes.
The lining of your vagina will become thicker and less sensitive. You may notice a thin, white discharge. This is normal during pregnancy.
9. A growing belly.
Your waistline will begin to get bigger as your baby and uterus grow larger. It is normal to gain no or little weight in your first trimester.
10. Emotional symptoms.
Your hormones are on overload during pregnancy. Fatigue and stress may increase your feelings of moodiness, feeling forgetful, or unable to focus.
First Trimester of Pregnancy Body Changes
1. A missed period.
2. Breast and nipple changes.
3. A strange taste in the mouth.
4. Urinary frequency.
5. Experiencing changes in your normal appetite.
7. Feeling overwhelmed.
9. Feeling nauseated.
10. Developing an acute sense of smell.
11. Experiencing acne.
Pregnancy Body Changes Second & Third Trimester
1. Noticeable increase in your belly from around the 12th week of pregnancy.
2. Increasing breast size.
3. Darkening of the areola.
4. Production of colostrum with occasional leakage.
5. Stretch marks.
7. Increased weight gain.
8. Increased baby movements.
9. Breathlessness (due to enlarging uterus).
What Else? I know, As if you need more!
11. Swollen feet
12. Varicose veins
16. Hormonal changes.
17. Increased anxiety.
What about After Childbirth?
And here’s how my body changed during the first 8 weeks after pregnancy.
So How Do these Changes Effect My Pregnancy Workouts?
In some ways, a lot! When you are physically or mentally not feeling well, the last thing on your mind is a prenatal workout.
What’s important here is that you do something. It may not have to be an intense workout. it could be one of my audio relaxation sessions. Or a yoga class.
If you can get outside, call a friend to go walking with you. even for 20 minutes.