8 Unexpectedly Amazing Things About Being Pregnant

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  January 28, 2018
  • Higher body confidence
    1 / 8 Higher body confidence

    If you’ve ever been self-conscious of your figure, being pregnant can be liberating as it gives you reason to show off your curves. In fact, some ladies would even say they’ve never felt more confident in body-hugging outfits than they did while nurturing an expanding baby bump. Post-pregnancy, this body-positive outlook will definitely keep up your spirits as you nurse your newborn and work to get yourself back in shape.

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  • Closer bonds with your partner
    2 / 8 Closer bonds with your partner

    Having a child feels like starting a new chapter for you and your partner, especially if it’s your first baby. Seeing your spouse chip in with more housework, offering to carry heavy groceries, going shopping with you for new clothes and reading up on baby’s development will definitely make you feel even more supported and loved than before.

    (Also Read: 10 Secrets of Happy Couples)

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  • Better sex
    3 / 8 Better sex

    With your body confidence at its peak and feeling more loved up than before, you may be able to relax and have more fun in the sack. Plus, nurturing a baby means more blood flow to your nether regions, increasing arousal and sensations. Just saying, enjoy your nookie time as you might not have as many opportunities once your young one arrives.

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  • Better eating habits
    4 / 8 Better eating habits

    You’re more conscious than ever of keeping regular mealtimes and the food you’re putting in your mouth, considering the nutritional value of things you ingest and the potential health effects it may have on you and baby. Sure, during the morning sickness phase, sometimes all you can keep down may be salty crackers and small bites of fruit, but once this period passes, you’ll be surprised by how much you crave good-for-you foods, and how your favourite junk food no longer appeals like before.

    (Also Read: Best Pregnancy Foods For Each Trimester)

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  • Better hair and nails
    5 / 8 Better hair and nails

    During pregnancy, certain hormones will make your nails stronger and healthier. These hormones also encourage hair to stay in the “growing” phase, prolonging its lifespan and giving you a whole head of lustrous, thick locks. The only downside is that you might also start growing more hair in unwanted places, like your belly or upper lip, but there’s nothing a good waxing session can’t fix.

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  • Better skin
    6 / 8 Better skin

    Pregnancy improves your blood circulation, giving you a rosy, pink glow. Hormones may also trigger more oil production, which could be a good thing if your skin is on the drier side, but if you’re starting to break out, a good skincare routine will get you back on track in no time. 

    (Also Read: 9 Skincare Tips to Manage Oily Skin)

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  • No periods
    7 / 8 No periods

    For nine whole months, aunt flo is a no-show and we can’t complain about that. You will have to deal with postpartum bleeding (Lochia) for four to six weeks, but for now just enjoy the break.

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  • Reduced risk of some cancers
    8 / 8 Reduced risk of some cancers

    Studies have shown that women who have given birth and who breastfeed are at lower risk of some cancers—most notably breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer—although some factors might influence this outcome including the age of the mother, number of children and duration of breastfeeding.

    (Also Read: These Low-Impact Exercises Are Safe to Do During Pregnancy)

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