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12+ Changes Your Body Goes Through During Pregnancy

12+ Changes Your Body Goes Through During Pregnancy

It is safe to assume that pregnancy changes a woman’s body. After all, another human is growing up in there, so it’s no surprise that pregnancy comes with a list of changes that the body needs to adjust to make room for the baby. So, from the outside, it may look like everything’s the same (except for the growing belly), but it’s quite the contrary.

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Below there’s a list of changes that the body experiences during pregnancy.


1. The uterus grows bigger

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While in normal condition a woman’s uterus is the size of an orange, during pregnancy it grows bigger. Duh! Interestingly, it can expand up to 500 times during the pregnancy.


2. The longest pregnancy – 375 days long

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It is a common knowledge that pregnancy normally lasts around 280 days, however, in 1945, Penny Diana Hunter’s pregnancy lasted for 375 days – meaning, it was a 100 days overdue. This is not quite unusual since there have been cases of longer pregnancies than the normal ones. A few women’s pregnancies last for 10 or 11 months.


3. The shortest pregnancy – 21 weeks and four days

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The premature baby only spent 21 weeks in the womb and managed to live without any health problems. Apparently, the child started preschool last year. Lucky baby!


4. The  blood volume increases by 40-50%

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A pregnant woman’s blood volume can increase up to 50% during pregnancy in order to produce enough oxygenated blood for the fetus.


5. Your heart also grows bigger during pregnancy

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Literally and figuratively!

The heart grows bigger to plump the blood around the body easier.


6. And your feet!

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Because of swelling, a pregnant woman’s feet may grow a size bigger. Ankles also swell during this time.


7. Your voice also changes

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It’s the hormones playing with your body! Usually, estrogen rises and progesterone swells the vocal cords, therefore your voice slightly changes when the higher notes are lost and lower notes appear more.


8. Babies can hear their mother’s sound from the womb

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Isn’t this the sweetest thing ever!!

When the fetus is 18 weeks, it starts hearing sounds. It can even respond to sounds in the womb, by the 25-26 week.


9. You can develop diabetes during pregnancy

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When a pregnant woman’s blood sugar is high, the pancreas can’t deliver too much insulin, it can’t keep up. But gestational diabetes usually disappears after the pregnancy.


10. Joints loosen up during pregnancy

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Another hormone the body produces during pregnancy is relaxing. This hormone softens the ligaments, thus joints loosen up and the pelvis is more flexible during childbirth (at least there’s that).


11. You develop changes in your sense of smell

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If you sense of smell changes, you might be pregnant, that’s one of the signs.


12. Parts of your body change color

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Among other changes during pregnancy, women develop stretch marks and melasma – dark spots appear on the face. The vagina also changes color – purple or blue, and it’s possible varicose veins appear there.

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13. Genes affect reproducing

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Genetics has a great part in reproducing. When women have the Turner syndrome – they have just one X chromosome, that means she can’t have children.

While men might have the mutation of the CFTR gene, meaning the sperm can’t leave the testes on their own, but with treatment, they can have children.


14. Blood group impacts conceiving

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Studies have shown that women with type O blood are less fertile compared to those with A blood type.


15. Blood can be dangerous to the baby

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Among other tests women take during pregnancies, they also take the test that identifies whether she is ‘rhesus positive’ or ‘rhesus negative’. Women who are rhesus positive have an antigen on their blood cells which causes problems during the pregnancy. If the father of the baby is rhesus positive, there’s a possibility the child also is rhesus positive, even if the mother is negative. In this case, the woman can develop antibodies against the rhesus antigens. And while this might not be a problem in the first pregnancy, it might be for the second and others.


16. ‘Pregnancy brain’

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Memory loss during pregnancy is proved to be true since around 80% of women have it. Even though it hasn’t been proved what actually causes it, it is thought to be caused because of stress, exhaustion and late nights.


17. The baby can taste food in the womb

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Not all the food, though, only strong flavors that can pass the amniotic fluid. A study was done with pregnant mothers who drank a lot of carrot juice, resulting in their babies developing a taste for carrot juice.

Changes, changes, changes! I guess it’s all worth it when you first hold your bundle of joy!


Have you had any of these changes during your pregnancies? Share them on the comment section.

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