One of the most amazing things about humans is pregnancy. This biological process is not only quite difficult, but it also makes the body go through a bunch of weird things. That’s why we’re here to tell you about a few unusual things that pregnancy can do.
1) Change in voice
Due to an increase in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, all parts of the body are affected. This includes lung capacity, muscle control and an increase in body fluids too. All these changes can bunch and cause the woman’s vocal cords to sort of swell up. This means that pregnant people might not be able to reach high notes but they’ll be able to do lower notes that they couldn’t before! But don’t go screaming your lungs out at a karaoke if you’ve a bun in the oven since blood vessels are especially fragile at this point and might tear.
2) Excessive Hair Growth
Since pregnancy causes the hormones to go haywire, don’t be surprised if you see hair growth in places you hadn’t before such as the ace, chest, abdomen, and arms. No, you’re not turning into Chewbacca. This is all because of an increase in the production of male hormones. After labor, this will decrease and you’ll get back to normal. But the good thing is, along with the pregnancy glow, you’ll have hair like Rapunzel. They’ll get more glossy and radiant than usual. So really, you lose some nuts you gain much much more when it comes to pregnancy!
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3) Bad breath
Another “side effect” of pregnancy is bad breath. The change in hormones during the 9-month process causes the bacteria in the mouth to become inflamed. This overgrowth might cause bad breath and sometimes even bleeding gums. All you need to do is keep an extra check on your oral hygiene and keep some mouth spray on hand.
4) Itchy stomach
Perhaps one of the most unusual effects pregnancy brings about is an itchy stomach. your skin stretches at a rapid pace as the baby inside you grows. That’s what makes it dry and itchy. It can also bring about stretch marks. You can reduce the itchiness and the irritation by taking a cold shower and applying moisturizing creams on your belly.
5) Stuffy nose
When you’re pregnant, you might have to deal with a stuffy nose even without the flu. With higher levels of estrogen and hormones produced by the placenta, the mucus inside the nose increases a lot. Because of this, about one in five pregnant ladies will have to deal with a blocked-up itchy nose. So make sure you have lots of tissues with you! These effects can even force you to breathe through the nose. And that means your partner will have to deal with a bit of snoring. Try using a humidifier and a Neti pot in your room to minimize any sort of discomfort.
Although these things can bring you a bit of discomfort and irritation, it’s all worth it in the end when you get to hold your little bundle of joy in your arms!
Until Next Time,
Team Doctor ASKY!