Most women know that they can expect a lot of changes to happen to their body during their pregnancy. Most focus on the fact that they’re going to gain weight, but don’t realize that there are a lot of other changes that will happen to them unexpectedly throughout their pregnancy.
If you have recently found out that you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant in the near future, there are a few misconceptions and clarifications you’ll want to be made aware of.
Many Women Get Uncontrollable Cravings
When you’re pregnant, it’ll be common for you to crave odd things that you may have never craved before in the past. Many people believe that pregnancy cravings stem from the needs of the body. Some people assume that women crave pickles so much when they’re pregnant because of the sodium that is found in them.
Cravings are quite common during pregnancy, but it’s important to try to control them as best as you can. Some women crave unhealthy foods, such as ice cream, cookies, and French fries. In moderation, it’s fine to eat these foods, but try to opt for the healthiest versions that you can and eat them on a very limited basis.
No matter what you crave, you want to be sure that the food you put into your body is as nutrient dense as it can be so that your baby is provided with all of the vitamins and minerals that he or she needs to thrive.
Mood Swings Are Common During Pregnancy
Unfortunately, the mood swings that occur during PMS can often be intensified during pregnancy. With hormones running wild throughout your body, it’ll be hard to control your emotions. Many women tend to cry more when they’re pregnant than they normally would because they’re sensitive about the way they look and often don’t feel as great about themselves as they normally do.
In order to make life as comfortable for you and your spouse, be sure to talk to them about the way that you’re feeling. Let them know if you’re feeling more emotional than usual, so that they know to be a bit more sensitive so as to not upset you.
You May Have a Need to Nest
Nesting is quite common during pregnancy; even women who are not crafty, aren’t organized, or are not overly artistic become very creative and focused on creating things when they’re in the later stages of their pregnancy. Many believe this is because the women have an uncontrollable need to ensure that the home is properly repaired for the baby to arrive. It’s a subconscious drive that causes them to want properly to prepare for their bundle of joy, and if it’s not dangerous and keeps you busy, then there is no harm in it.
Heartburn Is Common When You Are Pregnant
Some women who have never had to deal with heartburn before in their life will suddenly have painful heartburn when they’re pregnant. Many old wives’ tales state that the reason women get heartburn when they’re pregnant is that their baby has a full head of hair while in the belly. Scientific evidence hasn’t backed this up yet.
If you want to be able to treat your heartburn without having to take any medications for it, add half a tablespoon of lemon juice to a large glass of water. The acidity of the lemon juice will often counteract the acidity in your stomach and make the heartburn go away or diminish greatly.
Many Women Swell During Pregnancy
Most people know that pregnant women often have a problem with their feet and ankles swelling, but don’t realize that their arms and hands can also swell. There are things that you can do to minimize the swelling that you experience though.
Make sure you’re getting enough potassium throughout the day and taking breaks often so that your body has time to relax and recover after strenuous activities. Avoid wearing overly restrictive clothing because it could make you not only feel very uncomfortable, but it can also cause your swelling to be much worse than it has to be.
Morning Sickness Doesn’t Just Occur in the Morning
The term morning sickness is often misunderstood by women who are pregnant for the first time. While getting sick in the morning is common for women during pregnancy, it isn’t the only time of day that you can get sick. Some women experience sickness at all times of the day due to things that they smell, taste, or simply do.
You can minimize your nausea by nibbling on crackers, carrying a handkerchief with lavender essential oil on it to smell, or simply sipping water when you start to feel unwell. Avoiding nausea altogether when you’re pregnant isn’t easy to do but minimizing and managing it is possible.
You Will Experience a Change in Outlook During Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, your outlook on the world will change. Things that didn’t bother you before may bother you now. You’ll worry about what people are doing around you because you’ll worry about it possibly causing harm to your baby.
Many women stop associating with people who drink or smoke frequently when they’re pregnant simply because they don’t want their baby to be exposed to those sorts of things while they are developing.
If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, you need to talk to the people about it so they can understand why you feel the way that you feel. This can help to keep you from having division develop between you and the people you care about in your life.
Knowing what changes to expect during your pregnancy can make the process much easier. You will have a peace of mind that the changes you’re going through are common and that you’re not going crazy or having issues that no one else is having during their pregnancy. It can also help you to determine if there are any issues that you may need to address with your doctor because they aren’t common and could be a sign that something is wrong.
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