7 ways your body could change during pregnancy


When it comes to having a baby, your body's going to change in ways you didn't know it could.

"Beyond your expanding waistline, tender breasts and constant need to pee, here are a few other changes that might be coming your way," said Cathleen Harris, MD, an independent member of the HonorHealth medical staff:

1. Aches

The struggle is real, and you might find that you're moaning and groaning a bit more than usual. Your ligaments are stretching, and that can lead to achiness. Try to move a lot to ease these aches.

7 ways your body could change during pregnancy

2. Congestion

You might find that you're more congested than usual or on the opposite end of the spectrum, you may notice your nose running. This is due to the increased amount of fluid in your system. Saline spray and/or a neti pot may become a constant in your life.

3. Constipation

It's unpleasant, but true. To help, exercise, stay hydrated and increase the fiber in your diet.

4. "Dropsies"

If you're dropping things constantly, it's not your imagination. Progesterone is softening your joints, making them more flexible and relaxed. And that can mean your grip isn't as strong.

5. Leg cramps

If you're experiencing sudden leg cramps or feel like you have restless legs, it could be a sign that you're low in iron, magnesium or potassium. Talk to your OB to see what might help. In the meantime, eating an extra banana every now and then can't hurt and will give you more potassium.

6. Mouth changes

You may find that your gums bleed more easily. Keep up with your regular dental check-ups (minus X-rays) and be sure to continue brushing and flossing.

7. Shortness of breath

Your diaphragm is riding higher into your chest cavity. That may mean you're out of breath more quickly than usual and that you're feeling you need to take more frequent, shallow breaths. It's completely normal, but if you find it distressing, discuss it with your OB.

"It's unlikely you'll experience all of these, so hang in there and know that it will all be worth it when you hold your newborn in your arms," Dr. Harris said.

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