It is important to remember that every woman’s body is different and our bodies will not all react the same to pregnancy.
Some factors that might determine our pregnancy and how our body adapts are: genetics, body type, exercise, the food we eat and our pre pregnancy weight.
Some of the changes you may experience are:
Increase in breast size
Most women will experience an increase of up to 3 cups sizes throughout their pregnancy. The majority of the growth will be experienced in the first trimester.
TIP: Avoid restrictive cupped sized maternity bras early on. Opt for a supportive seamless bra that will stretch and change with your growing bust during those transitional periods.
As your body grows your skin will begin to stretch.
Your skin is likely to be irritated by things that caused you no discomfort pre pregnancy.
TIP: Avoid abrasive fabrics, synthetics and or exposed seams, as they are likely to irritate.
Keep well moisturized and drink plenty of water to help keep your skin well hydrated and supple. Wear natural fibers such as cotton and bamboo and avoid restrictive clothing.
Every woman will experience some weight gain throughout her pregnancy, just how much weight you put on will be will be determined by your body type and your lifestyle choices.
The reason why we put on weight is not only because we have a growing baby inside of us, but also our breasts have increased in size, we have extra blood and fluid in our bodies and a placenta. On average a women can expect to put on 11-16kg during pregnancy.
TIP: Maintain a healthy active lifestyle whilst pregnancy. Get plenty of exercise and eat a well balanced diet to avoid excess weight gain.
Throughout your pregnancy you may notice an increase in the amount of fat found around the outside of your hips and buttocks area.
You may also notice a widening of the hips in the third trimester. This is nature’s way of preparing the birth canal for labor.
Increase in body temperature
A pregnant woman’s body will increase from around 37degress to 37.8degress whilst pregnant. This is due to an increase in blood flow.
TIP: Avoid saunas, hot baths, the hot midday sun and poorly ventilated areas.
Hot environments are unhealthy for you and may cause you to feel dizzy or nausea.
With hormones racing in your body some women will experience breakouts and or other skin conditions. The good news is that these conditions are often short lived and that after the birth of your baby your skin will slowly return back to its normal state.
Widening of the rib cage
This is a slow but natural process that allows your body to accommodate for the growing baby.
TIP: When purchasing a bra early on in your pregnancy, make sure the bra fits to the tightest hook. A good maternity bra will have 6 hooks and eyes, which gives your plenty of room for expansion as your ribcage continues to expand.
Increase in belly size
Lastly your belly will begin to grow.
There is no normal size when it comes to the size of a pregnant belly. Every woman will carry differently. Some women will carry very small while others will carry a much larger bump.
The size of your bump does not necessarily determine the size of your baby.
TIP: Make sure you attend regular appointments with your health care provider. They will measure and monitor the growth of your unborn child.
What ever your shape or size, it is every woman’s objective to have a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on your own well-being.