Your body during pregnancy

If you’ve just discovered that you’re pregnant, maybe for the first time, you may be curious to know what effects this will have on your body. Along with the usual morning sickness and backache, what else can you possibly expect?

A rather unusual side effect that is experienced by some pregnant women is an excess of saliva. Called Hypersalivation, it quite often occurs with cases of very bad morning sickness. Brushing teeth or using a mouthwash can ease symptoms, as can sipping drinks. Nasal congestion can also occur and is linked to hormonal changes in the body. Tips to combat this include, keeping your head elevated during sleep, plenty of hydration, warm showers and care when blowing your nose.

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You may notice changes to the colour of some area of your skin. This is called Melasma and is a brown discolouration which usually goes after pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy you may also notice a dark line appear running down your stomach. This is called Linea Nigra and is caused by abdominal muscle stretching to give your baby more room.

Women’s feet tend to swell as the levels of fluid in your body increase during pregnancy. Ligament pain can often occur and feels like a sharp pain in the abdomen, groin or hip area. Changing position, taking a rest or lying on your side will help ease this condition.

You may not realise that pregnancy and lack of iron often go hand in hand. If you feel unusually fatigued at any point in your pregnancy then it may be worth getting a blood test done to check you do not have anemia. This is quite normal in pregnancy as your body works harder supplying nutrients to your baby and you will use up your iron stores much quicker than normal. It can be difficult under these circumstances to get enough iron from diet alone so why not think about liquid iron supplements.

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Constipation and increased urination are also associated with pregnancy. Constipation can occur due to changes in hormonal balances and food slowing down in the digestive system. Make sure to eat high-fibre foods and keep well hydrated.