It’s not a new fact that women look different during pregnancy. Many women often go through depressive states after pregnancy because of the changes they experienced while pregnant. To the ordinary eye the only change is the swollen stomach but there are so many physiological changes that occur during pregnancy which changes the looks of women.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body has to do twice the work it normal would. It has to pump twice as much blood and there is an increased demand for oxygen. A swollen abdomen is not the only changes a pregnant woman experience. Here are other changes women experience during pregnancy;
1. Skin changes
This is the most common change a lot of women experience during pregnancy. For some their skin becomes clear and they gain a natural glow while for some women they experience the worse type of acne during pregnancy. Freckles, moles and dark patches on the face become more pronounced during pregnancy.
Another skin change is the appearance of a dark line on the abdomen. This line is called the “linea nigra”. It runs from the belly to the pubic region during pregnancy.
2. Change in shoe size
Many pregnant women experience change ins hoe size. This happens because of change in weight and hormones during pregnancy. The added weight makes the arch of the foot flat increasing the shoe size of the pregnant woman.
3. Breast changes
The breast undergoes many changes during pregnancy. It loses its support and begins to sag. One thing that bothers a lot of women is that the breast does not perk back up after falling due to pregnancy. This means that they are stuck with sagging boobs.
Another change the breast undergoes is change in size. In the initial stages of pregnancy, the breast increases in size. This is because the dormant tissue in the breast get replaced with functional tissues that prepare the breast for breastfeeding. However, after breastfeeding, the breast shrinks back to its original size because the functional tissue is no longer needed.
4. Varicose veins
Varicose veins are swollen blue veins. Varicose veins during pregnancy occur as a result of reduced blood flow to the lower part of the body. This causes the blood vessels to become weak. Often times, these veins become sore. Varicose veins can also appear on the vulva, in the vagina and on the rectum. Varicose veins can be prevented by exercising regularly and avoiding sitting with your legs crossed during pregnancy.
5. Loss of bladder control
Women are at risk of loss of bladder control during and after pregnancy. This is as a result of the muscles of the vagina getting weak. This leads to damaged bladder nerves and a prolapsed pelvic floor. This can be prevented by engaging in Kegel exercise during pregnancy.
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Source: everydayhealth.com, livescience.com, kidshealth.org.
Photo credits: bbc.com, medicalnewstoady.com, cdc.gov, birmingham.ac.uk, theguardian.com, news.weill.cornell.edu.
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