Its all too easy for women to learn about the negatives that pregnancy can bring with it. No wonder many worry that their bodies will never be the same again. But pregnancy isn’t all about stretch marks, hemorrhoids, back ache and getting fat.
It can, and often does, have some great benefits!
Pregnancy hormones can actually improve a woman’s health during and after pregnancy. The majority of pregnant women report only a few niggling complaints during their pregnancy: these are mainly sickness and tiredness early on and some problems sleeping towards the due date. But many feel energised and positive as their pregnancy progresses, especially in the second trimester.
A healthier lifestyle is adopted
A self-imposed perk of pregnancy is that most women make positive changes to their lifestyle, dropping their bad habits and getting some exercise and get some fresh air. Some research has shown that women with diabetes learn how to manage their condition better during pregnancy and get into a healthier lifestyle habit.
Many women with eating disorders, like bulimia, find they start to eat a healthier diet as they concentrate on their baby’s needs. Most pregnant women also quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol. All these changes may be made with baby in mind, but they are clearly advantageous for mum too!
Hair and nails improve
Pregnancy hormones prolong hairâ€™s growing cycle so hair loss radically reduces. Nails can also change during pregnancy with hormones making them grow faster and stronger.
A woman who has always wanted bigger breasts is in for a treat! Hormones make the breasts swollen in the first few weeks of pregnancy and sometimes breasts continue to grow throughout a pregnancy.
Reduced period pains
A woman who pre-pregnancy has had strong menstrual cramps during her period may find that when her menstrual cycle resumes after having a baby the cramps are less severe or cease altogether.
It is thought that childbirth eliminates some prostaglandin receptor sites in the uterus. Prostaglandins are hormones that make the uterus contract during labour and they play a role in monthly menstrual pain.
Reduction of cancer risks
It is thought that pregnancy may be an effective protector against breast and ovarian cancers. The more pregnancies a woman has, and the younger she starts having babies, the greater the protection. Another theory suggests that breast tissues of women who never have a pregnancy are more prone to cancer.
While pregnancy hormones can make a woman repulsed by the smells and tastes of certain foods it can also enhance the enjoyment of others making craved foods so delicious!
Sex is better
For some women changes in hormone levels can make a pregnant woman feel sexier and more receptive to lovemaking. During the second trimester, increased blood flow to the pelvic area can make orgasm more likely. Also, some women have fewer body insecurities when they are pregnant which they find quite liberating.