4 Unexpected Ways Pregnancy Can Affect Your Body

March 25, 2014

Being pregnant is a wonderful, beautiful, life-changing period of time – but you may experience some physical changes that can be uncomfortable for you. Due to the hormones surging through your body and the fact that your baby is taking up more and more space, you may encounter many unexpected but totally normal changes. Here are some lesser-known affects of pregnancy on a woman’s body:

  1. Extra saliva + nasal congestion. These symptoms often go along with bad morning sickness or heartburn, but not always. Try sleeping with your head elevated or take a warm shower to relieve sinus pressure.
  2. Constipation + gas. It’s not pretty, but it is totally normal to have digestive changes during pregnancy. Progesterone, known as one of the “pregnancy hormones,” also slows the flow of food through your intestines, which can create some uncomfortable situations. Drinking lots of water and eating a healthy, fiber-rich diet can help relieve some of these symptoms.
  3. Dry skin, breakouts, and discoloration. Remember that your skin is your body’s largest organ – so it’s no mystery as to why it can undergo changes during pregnancy. You may develop acne, patches of rough or dry skin, or areas of darkened pigmentation on your face (commonly known as “the mask of pregnancy”). It’s also very common to notice extra hair growth on your stomach, chin, arms, and other areas, too. A few months after your baby is born, you’ll shed the extra fuzz – all completely common effects of pregnancy hormones.
  4. Big-time breast changes. Your nipples may become more sensitive and some women even begin to leak breast milk in their 3rd trimester. These changes are completely normal – your body is just getting ready to nourish your little one when he or she arrives!

Although some women do feel great during pregnancy with glowing skin and heaps of energy, that’s not everyone’s reality. If being pregnant is physically unpleasant for you or you feel stressed and anxious, you’re not alone. Try to remind yourself that this time will pass quickly, and when it’s all over, your beautiful baby will make it all worthwhile. You may wish to share your feelings with your healthcare provider to get their advice as well.

8 thoughts on “4 Unexpected Ways Pregnancy Can Affect Your Body

  1. Jolie Rohwer says:

    I have 23 month old amazing identical twin boys. That pregnancy was a breeze & I felt great until a few days before they were born. They will be getting a little sister in 4 months and it’s been the most horrible experience of my life! Totally worth it but some days I can barely go on. I have been sick the entire time, developed nasty painful acne & would give anything for a full time back scratcher to follow me around…not to mention 100 other miserable changes!

    • Hi Jolie, I’m sorry to hear that – hang in there! It’s so true that every pregnancy is different, you just never know how you’re going to feel. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. – Kathy

  2. Luckily for me, I haven’t had acne (ever in my life, actually) so far. But my swelling feet has been a nightmare! Also, I have serious trouble breathing when I lay down (which wasn’t a problem when I could sleep on my stomach), which has been very frustrating. My husband actually had to check my pulse one night during a moment when I could breathe just fine and he couldn’t hear me struggling anymore. Luckily, I just have nine-ish more weeks, and I can hold my baby, and lay on my stomach again (when I’m not holding the baby, of course).

    • Hi Shaundel,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience. What an exciting time for you and your family! Congratulations + feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns along your journey.


  3. My skin was tremendously dry during both pregnancies, and I used the Made From Earth Aloe Body Lotion on my entire body after showering. No stretchmarks after two babies, and no itching of the dry skin and stretching belly.

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