7 Big body changes that come with pregnancy

Hormone changes during pregnancy may cause hyper pigmentation in the nipples and down the center of the abdomen. The hyper pigmentation down the center of the abdomen is called linea nigra and is most prominent during the third trimester.

Hopefully the pustules you see in image won’t be the ones you see on your own body during pregnancy. Nevertheless a common pregnancy skin condition called Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) does bring itchy, rash like bumps that begin on the abdomen but can spread to the entire body.

Even if you are properly hydrated during pregnancy, you may experience the sensation of tasting salt in your mouth or even a burnt or metallic flavor. This condition is not uncommon and it is called dysgeusia. The same tricks of the trade used to sweeten your breath such as chewing gum, sucking on mints, brushing your teeth or using mouthwash frequently can be used to clear these unpleasant sensation from your taste buds.

The hormonal changes you go through during pregnancy can actually loosen the connections between joints and ligaments in your feet, causing them to expand. Women pregnant for the first time can go up an entire shoe size. Typically, this expansion of the foot is not repeated with each pregnancy.

The hair on your body takes advantage of the hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy and you may experience quite a bit of hair and nail growth. So be prepared to have to wax your eyebrows, underarms, chin and upper lip more frequently. Even be prepared to have to get rid of hair in places you never had it before like your nipples or the side of your face.

More intense dreaming and more frequent dreaming are a common side effect of two things that happen during pregnancy. Hormones that lead to the woman being more emotional and giving the brain more intense emotions to process and a disruption in sleep patterns due to the bigger belly which means women may wake up more frequently during the night and remember their dreams more often as a consequence.

If a pregnant woman feels nauseous a lot, she will swallow less. If she swallows less, saliva will build up more. This is what causes the very common condition of drooling, called ptyalism, in pregnant women. One way to attempt to avoid drooling is to suck on hard candy or chew sugarless gum. Both these activities will cause you to swallow more.

Remember, no matter what you look like on the outside, your growing baby is always beautiful inside of you. Book you prenatal portrait session today with PrenatalMemories at Women First OB/GYN. Call now.