An Overview of What your Body Goes Through With the Little One Inside
From bones getting separated to a blue vagina (say what? Yes) your body during pregnancy is going to do some strange (and sometimes a little gross) things in those nine months.
During your pregnancy, your body will change in some different ways. It´s a fascinating experience to see how your body makes sure that your growing baby gets all and right amount of nutrition, space and oxygen for its development.
Each pregnancy experience is unique. The same woman may even experience different changes in her body for each pregnancy. Your symptoms may be mild or severe. Here you can read some fascinating things that happen or can happen to your body during pregnancy.
1. Your Blood Volume Increases
The volume of blood in a woman’s body increases by 50 percent during the pregnancy, and cardiac output increases by 40 percent. Why? Because your heart is working harder and more efficiently, this results in more blood being ejected from your heart with each beat. This is your body’s way to help and support the uterus and your fetus to grow as all that extra blood and plasma contribute to optimal growth and the development of your fetus. And extra blood helps to protect you from the delivery risks, such as hemorrhage. The body also manufactures 20 percent additional blood cells to carry more oxygen around the body.
2. Development of a new organ inside you
If you are pregnant a whole new organ named placenta grows in your uterus. The placenta passes oxygen and nutrients from your blood stream to your growing fetus. Furthermore the placenta also cares to protect your baby from several infections, removes waste products and pregnancy hormones. The placenta is attached to the wall of your uterus, and connects with your baby through the umbilical cord.
3. Your Bones Softens Up
During pregnancy, your body produces high levels of two hormones, estrogen and relaxin. These hormones causes the ligaments which hold your bones together to soften up, which further allows the pelvis to be more flexible. The pelvic bones start moving to make it possible to give birth to your child. Once your baby is born, the joints will firm up again.
4. Your Veins are Much More Visible
As your body produces extra blood and your heart starts to pump at a faster rate to meet your body’s needs, the blue veins in your body become more noticeable. You might see this change on your breasts, your belly and your legs. Some women also develop spider veins on their face, neck and/or arms. This is caused by tiny blood vessels that branch out from a central area, like spider legs.
The pregnancy can also cause your body to develop varicose veins. As the uterus grows, it puts some pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body and it increases the pressure in your leg veins. Varicose veins might cause you discomfort and your legs might feel heavy and achy all the time. Exercising daily can improve your circulation and help prevent varicose veins to develop. Remember to not sit or stand for long periods of time and don’t cross your legs or ankles when sitting.
5. Swelling Anywhere
The extra fluid that your body is now producing; circulates and can cause swelling throughout your whole body. It’s most common around the ankles and at the end of your pregnancy your shoes might feel a bit too small. To limit the swelling, you can put your feet up higher than your hips for 15 minutes and make sure you drink enough fluid to help your kidney functioning right.
6. Your Vagina becomes Unrecognizable
Yes! You might find that when the baby is on board, your vagina actually changes its color; turning into blue or purple hue (called Chadwick Sign). It might also swell up as a result of the increased blood flow in your body. You also might notice that you have a different odor down there and/or increase in vaginal discharge.
7. Changes in Your Skin and Skin Color
The pregnancy will definitely affect your skin and your body in many different ways. Hormonal changes could make your skin dry out and the extra collagen in your skin tears when it stretches, causing stretch marks. Your tummy might also develop a dark line on your abdomen, called the linea nigra. It’s caused by higher melatonin levels and will fade again after your pregnancy. But the skin darkening doesn’t necessarily stop there. Some women also experience dark spots or patches on their face called melasma, Sometimes your skin might look more rosy and shiny, what is sometimes called “pregnancy glow” and is caused by increased blood circulation.
It is surely an experience of a lifetime. As much as your body goes through these weird changes, your soul cherishes something beyond words. The key is not to panic and have a brilliant support system. We recommend consulting a doctor right away if anything bothers you.