How will your body change during pregnancy? From bigger breasts to ‘cankles', there is no doubt you'll see some changes in your body during pregnancy. Discover what to expect and how to deal with these changes.
Probably one of the first symptoms you'll spot in pregnancy is an increasing (and often tender) bust. This is caused by hormonal changes, which can happen from as early as seven or eight weeks. ‘You may find a wireless bra more comfortable from around 20 weeks of pregnancy,' says Denyse Kirkby, author of My Mini Midwife.
Around 80% of women will get stretchmarks during pregnancy, to varying degrees. They happen when the skin stretches quickly, tearing layers under the epidermis and then scarring.
‘Although not everyone will get stretchmarks, if you're predisposed to them, you can't prevent them,' says Denyse.
‘However, you may be able to reduce the length of time you have them by keeping well hydrated and eating food rich in healthy fats. Although they may look red at first, within the first year after pregnancy they will shrink, thin and change to a silvery colour.'
Bumps can come in varying shapes and sizes. ‘The way a baby is positioned will change the shape of a bump,’ says Denyse. ‘For example, a baby lying with its back against the mum's back can give her a dip under her belly button.
‘Your bump will be measured at each antenatal check, but it's worth remembering that a big or small bump rarely correlates to the size of your baby. If your bump is very small or very big, you'll be sent for a scan to check your baby's health.’
While some women notice that their skin gets better during pregnancy, the famous pregnancy ‘glow' doesn't happen to everyone.
‘It's caused by hormones and the extra blood in your body, but it can have the opposite effect and lead to spots or acne,' says Denyse. ‘If this is the case, your skin will probably return to normal after your baby is born. If you're already on antibiotics for problem skin, this will need to be changed to a topical version during your pregnancy.' Speak to your doctor about safe treatments.
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