9 Unexpected Things That Happen To Your Body During Pregnancy

by Lisa Twang
HEALTH  |  March 06, 2018
  • Congratulations, you’re pregnant!
    1 / 10 Congratulations, you’re pregnant!

    You’re obviously up to date on morning sickness, backaches and fatigue, but you may not have expected all kinds of weird side effects of your body growing another human being inside you. Whether they’re due to hormonal changes or simply physiological, there are a lot of weird pregnancy facts mothers-to-be aren’t clued up on. Read on to find out what they are…

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  • Your vagina turns bluish
    2 / 10 Your vagina turns bluish

    Strange as it sounds, your vagina can turn bluish during pregnancy because of your bodys increased blood flow. This can happen as early as six weeks into getting pregnant. However, its not permanent: Your vagina will go back to its original colour shortly after you give birth.

    (Also Read: 7 Reasons (Other Than Being Pregnant) That Your Period is Late)

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  • Your tummy itches
    3 / 10 Your tummy itches

    The skin on your belly stretches quickly during pregnancy, which can make it dry, itchy, and often uncomfortable. This also leads to the dreaded stretch marks. Try taking cooler showers to relieve itching, and apply moisturising creams or oils to nourish your skin.

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  • You develop a line down your tummy
    4 / 10 You develop a line down your tummy

    Some women have a dark line known as the pregnancy line or linea nigra down the middle of their tummies, running from the navel to the pubic bone. The area darkens during pregnancy, and is related to changing hormones. After birth, it gradually fades away, but may reappear during your next pregnancy.

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  • Bad breath
    5 / 10 Bad breath

    Who wouldve thought your upcoming baby could cause you to have stinky breath? Hormonal changes can cause bacteria in the mouth to become overgrown, resulting in bad breath or worse, bleeding gums. Pregnant women are more prone to dental health issues, so have regular check-ups at your dentist and make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth.

    (Also Read: 11 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat While You’re Pregnant)

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  • Your hair grows thicker
    6 / 10 Your hair grows thicker

    Pregnant women often report having thicker, more lustrous hair: A result of increased male hormones from your ovaries and placenta. However, hair can also show up in unwanted places, like your chest, face, tummy and arms. Not to worry, though: This usually goes away after birth.

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  • Your shoe size goes up
    7 / 10 Your shoe size goes up

    Swollen feet are a common symptom of pregnancy all that water retention means your feet will increase in size, to the point where you may need new shoes. For some women, their feet go back to their regular size after birth, but for some, their feet stay permanently bigger. Take this as a great excuse to treat yourself to some new shoes!

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  • Heartburn
    8 / 10 Heartburn

    Heartburn, or acid reflux, is a fiery sensation that runs from the bottom of the breastbone to your lower throat. It happens to pregnant women when the hormone progesterone relaxes the valve that separates the oesophagus from the stomach, which can make gastric acid seep back upwards, causing a burning sensation in your throat and chest.

    You can relieve heartburn by eating smaller meals, reducing your intake of spicy, carbonated, oily and fatty foods, and drinking plenty of water. Chewing gum also helps to stimulate saliva production, which neutralises acid.

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  • Your voice changes
    9 / 10 Your voice changes

    As your oestrogen and progesterone hormones increase during pregnancy, your vocal cords could swell, changing your voice. Pregnant women may have raspier voices, and sometimes lose their ability to sing high notes, though they may find they are able to sing notes in a lower range.

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  • You leak urine when you laugh or sneeze
    10 / 10 You leak urine when you laugh or sneeze

    With a baby and placenta resting against your bladder, mums-to-be are constantly on the verge of peeing, which means any slight stimulation, like laughing or sneezing, can cause them to pee a little. Though this can feel embarrassing, dont worry: Its often a very tiny amount, and you can wear pantyliners to absorb the pee discreetly. Doing kegel exercises daily will also help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which prevent pee from leaking out. Contract your pelvic floor muscles for 3 seconds, and rest for 3 seconds, and do three sets of 10 kegels three times a day.

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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