The physical body undergoes many changes during pregnancy; you might be informed about some common changes or might be clueless about the uncommon ones. Remember, that not all women experience the same changes as it may be experienced differently or may not be experienced at all. Pregnancy is a wonderful experience which only a woman is privileged to, so enjoy each and every change it brings along while taking it all in your stride as in the end you will be rewarded with a bundle of giggles and laughter. Let’s see what all are the physical changes that happen during pregnancy:
Reasons for swollen breasts
This happens due to increased levels of hormones – estrogen and progesterone. The changes in your breasts will continue till the end of your pregnancy which would mean frequent changes in your bra size. Not only the cup-size alters every month but also the size of the chest. You will be adding more inches to your chest size as not only will you be putting on some weight every month but also because of the fact that you would need to breath in more oxygen for the baby and you. This might lead to an increased rising and falling of the chest with every inhalation and exhalation.
Reasons for increased hair growth and change in texture
This happens due to hormonal changes taking place in your body, the increased hormonal levels especially estrogen interferes with the natural cycle of hair growth and fall, stimulating only growth of hair. Hair resumes its natural growth cycle after childbirth and most women notice increased hair fall after delivery. Hair fall after delivery is just the natural growth cycle of hair resuming where the increased “resting phase” of hair stops and starts falling all together. Increased or new hair growth may be noticed in your face, abdomen and back and on all unexpected places. Changes in the hair texture may be noticed where curly hair might get straight and vice versa.
Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Your mental and emotional wellbeing also undergoes changes during pregnancy. The reason behind emotional up and downs is hormonal fluctuations and your altered state of mind- what and how you think.
An emotionally topsy-turvy state
There will be sudden changes in mood where you will be laughing at one moment and crying in the next! Your emotional topsy-turvy situation might take you by surprise but accept it, as all pregnant women go through the same rollercoaster ride.
Changes that you might experience are
Symptoms of depression
Uncontrolled anxiety often leads to depression. Symptoms of anxiety include panic attacks that make your heart race, make you lightheaded and breathless, also frequent negative thoughts or worries about baby’s health are common.
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