If you’ve never been pregnant before, all the changes and areas in which your body alters can be a little startling. Often I feel as though the vast majority of people just believe these body changes are limited to the belly area. But if you’re pregnant, you’ll soon find out this is definitely not the case!
Your body changes in a variety of ways to accommodate the life that’s growing inside of you. And this requires not just a growing belly! Sometimes these changes can be hard to handle, but rest assured that you’re body knows what it’s doing. All these changes are necessary for that precious baby to grow and thrive within you. If you’re interested in all the ways your body changes, ask your doctor to explain it to you. Some of the more noticeable changes include (but are not limited to) larger breasts, expanding hips, and of course that baby belly. But many more changes occur both inside and outside the body. Don’t hesitate to bring a list of questions with you to your doctor’s appointments. They are there to help you.
A big question when it comes to pregnancy is how much weight you should gain. What’s healthy and what’s not? The answer is that everyone is different. Just as every woman’s body pre pregnancy is different, every women during pregnancy is different. Your doctor will most likely tell you what he or she would like you to gain to remain healthy. This often goes by your pre pregnancy BMI (Body Mass Index). So be sure to ask your doctor what a good weight gain range for you should be, and try not to compare yourself to others!
The best thing you can do is make sure you’re taking your prenatal vitamins and eating a balanced diet. Think lots of fruits and veggies! And ask your doctor about what exercise you should be doing.
Oh and if you’re pregnant and reading this, congratulations! That precious baby will be well worth it.