There are a lot of changes that happen in your body when you’re pregnant. Most of the things that happen to your body are not taught in health classes and a lot of women learn about what their body does in pregnancy when they are actually pregnant.
Some of the things you get to experience when pregnant can be quite shocking.
Plus, not every person has the exact same pregnancy, so what might’ve happened in one body may not happen in another.
If you had no idea about what happens to the human body during pregnancy then this article is here to enlighten you a little bit. Here are 16 of the most common things people have to come to terms with while pregnant, during childbirth, and after childbirth.
Change of Skin tone and skin complexion during pregnancy
This can either be positive or negative, but the addition of extra hormones usually causes some change in a woman’s relationship with her skin.
Pregnant women tend to forget a lot. It is also known as “momnesia” or “pregnancy brain.” When you’re pregnant you forget almost everything, you can walk into a room to pick something and the moment you get there, you can hardly remember what you went to get. Forgetfulness in pregnancy is caused by less oxygen in blood.
Thick hair and long nails.
Because of all the extra hormones during pregnancy, it’s common for pregnant women to see thicker hair and longer nails. All of a sudden your hair grows thicker than usual and you cannot keep up with the rate at which your nails grow. But surprisingly, after pregnancy, there’s a very real reality of post-partum shedding.
The Human Reproductive System Is Just… Ew
From the second trimester onward, a baby is actually just drinking its own pee – Yuck! They pee in the uterus and it gets filtered back around, they drink it and then pee again, etc. It’s a whole cycle.
No More Victoria’s Secret For A While
After a woman has given birth she will need to wear massive mesh underwear with built-in pads because the uterus has to get rid of all the cells that were lining it during pregnancy. Some women leak their breast milk which means they’ll also need a mesh bra to match their underwear or breast pads.
In the third trimester, the weight of a baby presses down on the bladder causing most people to have to pee quite often. This is also caused by the blood flow to the kidney which increases from 35% to 60% during pregnancy.
While pregnant it’s common to develop “linea nigra” which is a dark line going down the center of the stomach. This goes away for some people, it stays for a longer period of time.
When a person gives birth, they actually deliver twice. First comes the child and then the placenta. It can take anywhere from a couple of minutes to twenty for the placenta to detach from its lining.
No Illusion Of Privacy
Sometimes med students watch a person give birth. They aren’t necessarily there for a good ole time, but they’re simply there to learn and observe. Something to come to terms with or think about before giving birth maybe?
Shed No Tears
Apparently, while a baby is still in the womb, they can cry. Doctors don’t believe that the unborn child is necessarily upset but rather that they’re just practicing for when the time comes. Still, seems kind of sad and scary to be told your baby is crying during an ultrasound.
Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones
During pregnancy, a woman is more likely to break a bone due to a hormone called relaxin. The hormone allows the joints to soften so that the hips and pelvis can open up for birth. Gotta come to terms with taking it easy.
Strong, Powerful Feelings
The placenta produces more estrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman could produce in three years. That’s why pregnant women are more hormonal than non-pregnant people.
Even after giving birth, the stomach doesn’t automatically go flat again. It takes over six several weeks for the uterus to shrink back down. That’s why a lot of women are still wearing their maternity clothes even after birth or even still look pregnant.
During pregnancy, some mucus which is released by the uterus during ovulation accumulates in the cervix. This mucus thickens and seals of the cervix tightly as a way of blocking out any kind of infection from the vagina that could affect the baby. Pregnant women must pass out this ‘mucous plug’ as their body gets ready for labor, it may come out clear, pink, or slightly bloody and the texture is exactly what it sounds like.
Cheese-like coating on baby skin.
At birth, most babies are born with a white/cream cheese like coating known as ‘vernix caseosa,’ which protects the baby’s skin from the exposure of amniotic fluid in the womb. It can be a little alarming, but definitely just a weird thing one has to accept about childbirth.
Having swollen feet during pregnancy is totally normal and expected. This is because of the extra fluid produced in a pregnant woman’s body. Pregnant people will typically see their feet swell up to one whole size larger than their pre-pregnancy size. In fact, a person’s feet may never even go back to their prior size.
These are the 16 things all expecting mothers will need to come to grips with as they become parents themselves. They may not be glamorous but they’re part of the job for mothering your own child. We hope this list will help prepare you to be a fantastic mom in the future.