I stumbled upon this article during my first trimester…a trimester I found to be an emotional roller-coaster. There is so much talk about the importance of your baby “surviving” the first 12 weeks–the thought of anything bad happening haunted me every day, as much as I tried to deny feeling worried. (However, I suppose that comes natural when you become a mother.) I wanted to be pregnant SO bad, and I fell in instant love with my baby, so I watched my every move to a tea…sleeping on my left side, eating super picky, and not doing anything–ANYTHING–to compromise my baby’s health. I thanked God every day that progressed, and now I thank God every day baby is healthy. (Clear into my second trimester now, and feeling fantastic!!)
Anyway, reading this article filled my heart because it reminded me how miraculous and magical pregnancy is. I thought I’d share it with my fellow moms and dads to-be…
10. Your Uterus Expands Up To 500 Times Its Normal Size
A woman’s body is an incredible thing. Did you know the uterus enlarges up to 500 times its normal size? It can go from a couple of ounces to 1-2 pounds in weight. Once you have delivered it gradually goes back to its original size and weight.
9. Your Heart Grows
Yes it grows with love for your child, but did you know your heart organ actually enlarges while you are pregnant? It works harder and beats at a more rapid pace due to the increased volume of blood in your body. Your blood volume alone increases by 40-50%!
8. Joints Soften
In order to prepare your body for birth, it produces a hormone called relaxin which softens your ligaments. This softening helps your baby pass through your pelvis during labor. Amazing isn’t it?
7. Hair Feels Fuller
People say that your hair gets thicker when you are pregnant, while that isn’t technically the truth, it is fuller and more abundant then usual. Higher levels of estrogen during your pregnancy prevents your hair from shedding at it’s normal rate. This results in fuller hair and the dreaded hair loss after pregnancy. You notice more hair falling out postpartum because so little was shed during pregnancy.
6. Feet Can Grow One Full Size
The relaxin hormone we were just talking about in the previous slide? They can also loosen the ligaments in your feet. That combined with your increased body weight adds to your foot’s width and length. Not to worry, as your feet will go back to their normal size a couple of months after pregnancy.
5. Your Sense Of Smell Gets Stronger
Sense of smell is super sensitive during pregnancy due to high levels of estrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).
4. Tall Mamas More Likely To Conceive Twins
According to a study put together in 2006 by Dr. Gary Steinman, an obstetrician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, taller women are more likely to conceive twins.
3. Cravings Can Mean Something More
Classic pregnancy combos like pickles with ice cream are an unknown phenomena. No one really knows why moms get these types of strange cravings, however ice, dirt and salt cravings usually mean that your body is lacking in a certain nutrient. For example, some women report having crazy ice cravings due to low iron.
2. Baby Gets Nutrients Before Mama
During your pregnancy, the nutrients from the food you eat goes to your baby first before it passes over to you. Even if you skip a meal your body will take the nutrients from you to keep baby healthy. This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to eat regularly and healthily!
1. Dad’s Pregnancy Symptoms
Jokes have been made and the term ‘sympathy weight’ has been passed around, but did you know that some dads experience symptoms along with their wives? It’s called couvade syndrome and has been documented in dads around the world who experienced pregnancy symptoms from the end of the first trimester all the way to the end. …So make sure you buy two tubs of ice cream during your next grocery run!