Common Physical Changes During Pregnancy

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As an expecting mother, you’ll go through a number of physical changes throughout the length of your pregnancy. Some of these are relatively consistent across all women, but some others may or may not happen to a given individual based on their personal risk factors.

At Wasatch Midwifery, our experts are well-trained to assist you with all kinds of changes. Our midwives can operate either at home or in a birth center, and can give you regular updates on whether the alterations you’re experiencing are normal. Here are some of the most common our expecting mothers have experienced, and what to know about them.

Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are very common in pregnancy, due to carrying extra baby weight. It can also be in response to a lack of minerals in the body or changes in your circulation. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain, consider walking daily, stretching regularly, and switching your shoes to a low-healed, comfortable option. Also eat foods that are high in calcium and magnesium.

Constipation

Many hormone changes will take place during pregnancy, and one of these is slow bowel movements. This can be combated by drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Sleeping Problems

Sleep problems during the early stages of pregnancy, usually take place because of an overactive bladder that will wake you up at night. Hormones may also impact your ability to fall or stay asleep. A body pillow may help with cramps, and some women find success using Epsom salt or essential oils before going to bed. Exercising daily is also recommended.

Ligament Pain

Your belly grows right along with your baby, and this can cause a muscle pull in the lower uterus. This pain will usually go away in a minute or two – if it doesn’t,  change positions and massage the area. If you feel it quite often, go to the chiropractor.

Complexion

Some pregnant women will see darkened patches on the face, and these will almost always fade a few months after delivery. To help prevent them, use sunscreen daily and try to wear a hat if you going to be in direct contact with the sunlight.

Nausea and Vomiting

In most cases, vomiting begins around week 6 and decreases or ends altogether around week 12. This is not a hard and fast rule, and it can vary between mothers. Be sure to drink lots of water, plus include lots of protein in your meals. If it becomes regular and severe, be sure to tell your doctor or midwife right away.

For more on common physical changes in pregnancy, or to find out about any of our midwife or doula services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Midwifery today.