There are many surprising things that happen when you get pregnant, not the least of which is all the total strangers who will want to touch your belly. Prepare yourself for all the comments and helpful and not-so-helpful suggestions that will come your way, too. Your pregnancy can have an interesting affect upon everyone in your orbit. You’ve now been warned.
The most surprising changes, of course, are the ones that happen to your body. There’s really no way to prepare for the physicality of being pregnant because there’s nothing else like it. Here are three things that just may be unexpected and new to you.
You Can Still Get Urinary Tract Infections
It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Your body is busy doing something else. Surely it could take a break from urinary tract infections (UTIs). The reality is that UTIs are common during pregnancy, especially for women who have had them before or who have had several children. Natural UTI prevention is a great way to lower the chance of infection before it can sneak up on you.
During pregnancy the growing fetus puts pressure on the bladder. This causes urine to leak and traps bacteria. Also, pregnancy causes the urethra to expand. The bigger opening just invites more bacteria to come on in. Last, but not least, a pregnant woman’s urine is more concentrated and has added hormones and sugar. Both of these encourage bacteria growth. Sounds like the perfect storm, right? Learn about the best way to prevent UTIs naturally and enjoy a healthier pregnancy.
Check Your Moods at the Door, Girl
The world tells you that you’re supposed to be happy, thrilled, effervescent when you’re pregnant. The reality is much different. Hormones to help your growing fetus are now raging through your body, and you have very little control over them. You can be blissfully happy one moment, and curled up in a ball on your bed, sobbing, the next. This is normal. This is okay.
Do be on the lookout for serious depression. It is common during pregnancy and can be treated. It’s different from hormonal mood swings because it comes and stays around for a while. If you have the following symptoms, tell your OBGYN:
- Persistent sadness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy
- Recurring thoughts of suicide or death
Enjoy Your New Cup Size
Many women are surprised at the increase in breast size. Breast growth begins in the first trimester due to the higher levels of estrogen and progesterone that are coursing through your body. Growth may continue throughout the entire pregnancy. After delivery, when the milk comes in, there’s even more change. If you are nursing, you will need nursing bras several times bigger than usual. Go to a store where a pro can help fit you correctly.
The biggest pregnancy surprise of all is the joy you feel when you meet your new little person for the first time. Relax, smile, don’t worry, and be in the moment. It’s all good.