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Amazing Body Changes During Pregnancy

By BIANCA CARTER

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. There are so many new things happening with her body, both physically and emotionally, and it’s hard to keep up with all that is going on.

Many first-time moms find comfort in researching all the body changes so that they know what to expect during their 40 weeks.

Here are a few amazing body changes that many women experience during pregnancy:

Weight gain

For most women 25-35 lbs is the recommendation. If you are smaller in size, you may need a few extra pounds. And if you are larger in size, 15 to 20 lbs may be normal for you. I know that it seems that weight gain is no big deal, but unnecessary weight can add more strain to your body. I know, having an excuse to eat whatever you like without feeling guilty or being judged for it is really tempting, isn’t it?

Bleeding gums

One of the first signs of pregnancy, even before a test confirms it, many women will experience bleeding gums. This is caused by pregnancy hormones, so it’s very important to make sure that you take care of your teeth during pregnancy. Some dentists will recommend more frequent teeth cleaning during pregnancy. And of course, don’t forget to floss.

Frequent urination

No, your bladder doesn’t shrink to the size of a walnut like you may be thinking. Frequent urination can be due to the added pressure on your kidneys, and also the baby pressing on you bladder. It’s just another one of those glorious body changes. Luckily, you won’t always feel like “you gotta go”. After you have your baby, your bladder should return to normal again. Speak to your doctor if you notice any permanent bladder changes after pregnancy.

Leg cramps and irritations

Pregnant women already have trouble getting comfortable and sleeping, especially during the last trimester. Some women can experience leg cramps and a funny tickling in their legs when they are trying to sleep. Studies suggest that it may be due to an iron or potassium deficiency, so speak to your doctor if you are having these irritating feeling at nighttime.

Hair growth

Most of us don’t mind this amazing body change during pregnancy. Many women will experience hair growth and feel like their hair is thicker while pregnant. This is also due to increased hormones in a woman’s body, but be warned, these are not permanent hair changes, as women’s hair tends to shed when the hormones drop after pregnancy. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Love and hugs!

• Bianca Carter is a certified lactation counsellor and founder of Bun in the Oven.

For more information, e-mail her at info@babybunintheoven.com. Follow BITO on Facebook at babybunintheoven, and check out the BITO Blog every Monday and Thursday at http://babybunintheoven.com.

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