When a woman gets pregnant, it’s very obvious to tell how her body is changing on the outside. But what most people don’t know, pregnant women included, is exactly how the female body changes on the inside when carrying a baby. So to help you understand just how amazing the human body is during pregnancy and to help you appreciate what you’re going through during your own pregnancy, here are three ways that your body changes when you become pregnant.
Loss Of Bladder Control
One of the most obvious changes within the body of every pregnant woman involves the bladder. With the pressure that your unborn baby puts on every organ in your body, you’ll soon find that your bladder doesn’t seem to be able to hold as much liquid waste as it could before you got pregnant. In addition to this, you might also find that your pelvic floor muscles aren’t as strong as they once were, which can result in issues with incontinence even after the baby’s born. According to Laura Geggel, a contributor to LiveScience.com, doing Kegel exercises can help to strengthen these pelvic floor muscles and gain more control over your bladder.
Bring On The Blood
In addition to you having a whole other living organism inside your body, you also get an influx of blood to your cardiovascular system once you become pregnant. According to Dr. George Krucik, a contributor to Healthline.com, not only does your blood volume increase, but you also grow more blood vessels to help circulate your blood all over your body. This means that you might find that your resting heart rate increases throughout your pregnancy but that your blood pressure might be lower at certain points, especially during the second trimester. Also, as your baby and belly grow bigger, it can take longer for the blood to get back to your heart, which can also affect your blood pressure.
Keep Up With Your Oral Hygiene
To help your growing baby get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients necessary to develop properly, you have to be fueling your body with the right foods or supplements. If you don’t, your fetus will begin to take what it needs from any storage deposits that you have in your body. According to HealthyWomen.org, this is especially common when it comes to calcium and can result in your baby taking it from your teeth and bones. Because of this, you’re going to want to make sure you’re keeping up with your oral hygiene so you don’t wind up with cavities or other oral health problems during or after your pregnancy.
Your body goes through some incredible changes during pregnancy. Now that you have a better understanding of that, try to be extra patient with yourself or others when they’re pregnant.