Pregnancy can be one of the best moments in a person's life, but besides the obvious changes, there are some weird things you wouldn't expect.
Ever since my sister enrolled in med school, she’s shown me all sorts of images about ailments and medical issues that disturb me like you have no idea. However, I can’t think about anything that impressed me more than a short animated video of what happens inside the body during pregnancy. Seriously, the way the organs move as the baby grows is really amazing. Not in a bad and disgusting way, don’t get me wrong; it’s just really shocking to see how the body adapts during this process. Well, as you can guess, this kind of got stuck in my head making me wonder what else happens during this process people call the miracle of life. Honestly, things can get really weird.
Moles can appear or get bigger
As you might know already, hormones play a huge role during pregnancy, and for that reason, there are so many changes and strange things happening to the body all at once. One of the possible symptoms is that your moles get bigger, darker, or more protruded, or you can get new ones. This happens because many growth hormones, such as estrogen, increase. Moles can go back to normal as soon as the hormone levels start go down. Still, it's always recommended that you get them looked at by a specialist to discard other conditions, such as skin cancer.
Your nose can get bigger
Ok, you won't start looking like Squidward all of a sudden, but it’s true that some women present nasal congestion due to estrogen. This hormone causes the membranes to swell and even cause nosebleeds. Some women get something called pregnancy rhinitis during the second or third trimester. This causes a thickening of the mucous linings, making your nose look a bit bigger than it used to, but relax: it will all go back to normal after the birth.
There’s a lot of hair growth
Another lovely hormone to thank for these strange symptoms is androgen (also known as the male hormone). It can actually result in the growth of darker hair on the legs, arms, your pubic region, and of course, the face. Now, pregnancy is a great moment for your regular hair, since you produce much more progesterone that will make it shinier and stronger.
Your feet can grow up to a size
Yep, it’s true, pregnancy can make your feet get bigger, and no, I’m not only talking about bloating. What happens is that during this process many of the ligaments in your body relax thanks to a hormone called relaxin, and this makes them spread out, including the ones in your feet. So, it’s completely normal to go up a shoe size. However, I wouldn’t recommend getting crazy buying shoes. In most cases, the feet go back to normal after the birth. Now, it’s important to know that if you feel that your feet and hands are swelling a lot, it’s best to let your doctor known since it could be a sign of preeclampsia, which can be risky for both you and your baby. Always let your doctor know of any changes you notice in your body.
Your pelvic bone splits in two
Well, this isn’t that crazy when you think about it, though actually seeing it can be quite impressive. As you know, when the baby is ready to come out, the body starts getting ready. One of the things that happens first is that the pelvic bone separates in the middle to prepare the birth canal. Remember the hormone I mentioned in the previous point, relaxin? Well, that one plays a huge role here since it helps relax the uterine muscles and encourage this bone separation.
You might get bleeding gums
One pregnancy symptom that we don’t hear about that often is bleeding gums. So, there are many hormones that help your body increase blood flow, and one of the places where this increase happens a lot is actually the gums. They become swollen and super sensitive, so it’s very easy to make them bleed while brushing, flossing, or even eating. It’s very important during this time to take extra care of your dental hygiene since it could end up contributing to pre-term labor.
Your Skin Pigment May Change
Can we agree that hormones are really crazy during this time and shouldn't be in charge of everything? Ok, I know they’re extremely important, but they can actually have many side effects in other parts of your body. The huge hormonal increase can also affect your melanin cells, making them produce more pigment than they regularly do. This can end up darkening your freckles, moles, and other stains. They also affect the cells of your areolas, making them appear darker. Again, it all fades after birth, so it's not a big deal. If you notice anything strange, just see your doctor to make everything is in order.
Probably, after reading this, you will start freaking out like I did, but as long as you remember that these are just part of a beautiful process that will give you a gorgeous baby, all of these thoughts will go away. They say that pregnancy is a unique moment in your life, so enjoy it and embrace every little thing.
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