I will start this Post by a confession from a new mum.
Her name is Iheoma Ezeja Ali and she wrote:
“….Any time I attend antenatal class, i’m always asking myself if karma is whipping me for all those years I yabbed my mum and my aunts when they were pregnant , because you see everybody in the class with you glowing and looking hot and you take a look at yourself and all your see is a very round face with extraordinary big nose and
basically no neck, don’t forget the big boobs that is trying to drag you down when you are walking , the small ass you managed to have disappears together with your laps and your feet looks like all those people that matched poison in nollywood movies (you basically look like a walking cow).
If this is karma I apologise to everyone i yabbed when they were pregnant, forgive me if was just being childish..”
Body changes during pregnancy is inevitable. Some of these physical changes are visible, such as an expanding belly and weight gain, while others are well known, such as an enlarged uterus, morning sickness and backaches. However, a few bodily changes may be unexpected and catch some women by surprise.
According to “Livescience”. Here is a head-to-toe guide of some other physical changes that a woman’s body may experience while she is pregnant.
Mouth and Oral Health
Bleeding gums are a common pregnancy complaint, and they may create an open portal to infections.
Hair and Nails
A woman may have many good hair days during pregnancy as estrogen increases the length of the growing phase of hair follicles often resulting in a thicker and healthier looking head of hair. A woman may not only get more hair on her head, but also more hair growth on her body — sometimes in unwanted places, such as the upper lip, stomach, back and nipples. As estrogen levels fall after giving birth, women may shed more hair. They might see clumps of hair falling out after a shower or brushing, which is a normal occurrence. Most women find their hair returns to its normal growth and texture within four to six months after giving birth.
Like hair, nails also tend to grow faster when a woman is pregnant, making them good targets for manicures and pedicures before giving birth.
Skin changes are very common during pregnancy, but the ones that tend to be the most bothersome to women are stretch marks.
Stretch marks are more likely to occur in women who are obese, have rapid weight gain during pregnancy, or have large fetuses.
Women who are expecting may often have a “pregnancy glow.” A rosy complexion may occur because of increased blood circulation to the skin. But not everything is rosy when it comes to skin changes during pregnancy.
Acne can also worsen during pregnancy.
A woman’s breasts may feel more full and tender when she is pregnant, and her nipples may also be more sensitive to the touch.
In addition, the areolas, the skin surrounding the nipples, will darken and enlarge early in pregnancy. And a woman’s breasts may start leaking colostrum, a milky fluid. This typically happens during the third trimester but it can occur earlier.
As a woman’s abdomen expands late in the second trimester or during the third, her belly button tends to pop out, Trout said. This could make an innie look like an outie, and an outie stick out even more, she pointed out.
Women will tend to feel warmer and sweat a lot during pregnancy due to an increased metabolic rate and increased sweat gland activity. To stay cool, especially in the summer, she recommended that women wear loose clothing and drink plenty of water every day.
A woman is getting enough water when her urine looks yellow or clear and not the color of tea.
Some women say their feet grow an entire shoe size during pregnancy, and an increase in growth hormone may possibly be the reason why.
Swelling in the feet and ankles may also occur because the body is producing extra fluids that might pool in these two locations.