Five Surprising Pregnancy Facts

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 | Blog Posts, Shared Experiences Category | | Print This Article

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OK, so you’ve just recently discovered you’re pregnant. Maybe you’ve been queasy for the past week and it finally dawned on you that you should take a pregnancy test because it could be morning sickness. Or, maybe you’ve been trying to conceive for a while now, and just got the good news.

Whatever your situation, there are some things you should know about pregnancy. Now, much of what you need to know you’ll get from your doctor and other medical professionals. But here are some surprising pregnancy facts you should know that you might not hear elsewhere:

  1. It might be hard to concentrate. This should seem obvious, in some respects. At least, it’s going to be hard to think about much else during those first few weeks. What you might not know is that the trend will probably continue. Not only are you preoccupied with your body’s changes, you’re thinking a lot about what kind of parent you’ll be. Find ways to focus and get organized, or you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels quite a bit.
  2. You’re actually going to have a pregnancy “glow.” When we hear about the pregnancy glow, it isn’t just some sort of mystical aura that surrounds the pregnant woman, sending signals to friends and family. You’re actually going to find that your skin is stretching and more oily. There’s more blood flow, which is what causes the release of those extra oils.
  3. You’re going to have some serious mood swings. Some women have described pregnancy as nine months of PMS in terms of mood. Not every woman has this, but some do. You’ll go from happy to edgy to sad to calm to weepy, all within a matter of minutes.
  4. You’re going to nest. Especially as you get near the end of your pregnancy, you might  find that you become obsessed with your living arrangements. You might find yourself cleaning cabinets that haven’t been cleaned in years, and moving the furniture around.
  5. You’re going to need a bigger bra, but not just because of swollen breasts. You probably know that your breasts are likely to swell during pregnancy. What you might not know is that your bra size will also be affected by your rib cage, which can expand during pregnancy, and increased lung capacity, too.

The good news is that billions of women have made it through pregnancy with flying colors, surprises and all.

So, what about you? What surprised you during pregnancy?

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