In addition to a growing belly, your breasts enlarge during pregnancy because of the hormonal production that stimulates the milk producing tissue, notes Dr. Lisa Keder, director of the Division of General OB-GYN at The Ohio State University.
During pregnancy, the lining of your uterus thickens and its blood vessels enlarge to provide nourishment to the fetus. As pregnancy progresses, your uterus expands to make room for the fetus. By the time your baby is born, your uterus will have expanded to many times its normal size.
Pregnancy hormones drive this unique pattern of fat accrual. Even worse news? For the average pregnant woman, a fifth or more of the fat she gains goes to her upper thighs. (I experienced this for all my pregnancies; I just had no idea it was so common.
Your facial and body hair may also grow faster, possibly because of an increase in hormones called androgens. Nails do too, and some pregnant women develop harder nails, but others find that their nails are softer or more brittle.
The typical places that become puffy and swollen are the ankles, feet, legs, fingers, and even the face. Fluid retention is annoying, to be sure, but it's a necessary evil. Extra fluid builds up during pregnancy as hormones change, which helps to soften the body so it can more easily expand as the baby and uterus grow.
Pronounced “la-NOO-go,” lanugo is soft, downy body hair that about a third of babies are born with. It's produced by fetal hair follicles during the second trimester, between 16 and 20 weeks, and keeps a baby warm inside the womb.
Excessive hair growth, also called hirsutism, is very common in pregnant women. Many pregnant women notice it on their stomach or other areas where they usually don't have much hair. While it might be a cosmetic annoyance, the extra hair is usually harmless and will likely go away after you give birth.
Most women should gain somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds (11.5 to 16 kilograms) during pregnancy. Most will gain 2 to 4 pounds (1 to 2 kilograms) during the first trimester, and then 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) a week for the rest of the pregnancy. The amount of weight gain depends on your situation.
Your waistline will begin to expand as your baby and uterus grow larger. Depending on your size before pregnancy, you may not notice this change until the second trimester. It is normal to gain no or little weight in your first trimester.
Widening hips allow for the baby to pass through the pelvic bone during birth. You can rest assured that your widening hips, in most cases, will return back to their pre-pregnancy state, usually by 12 weeks postpartum.
The combination of extra weight and hormones during pregnancy can cause your feet not only to widen but also flatten and lengthen. Leg or ankle swelling likely will decrease a week or two after your baby is born, but your feet may never be the same again.
In a video that has more than 3.7 million views on TikTok, Grant Buechner, who is also a registered nurse and lactation consultant, explains that grooming is not recommended beyond 36 weeks gestation. “Shaving pubic hair can INCREASE risk of infection at the time of birth, even with Cesarean birth,” she wrote.
Even though it's called morning sickness, it can last all day and happen any time of day. At least 7 in 10 pregnant women have morning sickness in the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy. It usually starts at about 6 weeks of pregnancy and is at its worst at about 9 weeks.
What should I eat during pregnancy to make my baby hairy?
A healthy, balanced diet is crucial to helping your baby grow thicker, fuller hair. If baby is at least 6 months old and eating solid foods, feed them foods rich in iron, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, and protein. ... Foods rich in B vitamins include:
Mom passes down all (or mostly) straight genes, and dad does the same with his curly genes—your son, therefore, has an even split. Both parents somewhere in the middle – This middle-ground will create the widest variation in your kid's hair type.
According to Dr. Jones from the University of Utah, women who are overweight by 60 pounds (lb) or more may not need to gain weight for a healthy pregnancy. The fetus can use their body's fat stores for energy. By not gaining any weight during pregnancy, a woman will usually be losing fat stores.
In the past, doctors didn't want to promote weight loss during pregnancy for women with obesity because they were afraid it would hurt the baby. But new research shows that women with obesity can safely exercise and diet to lose weight without any negative impact on their baby's well-being.
Most women lose about 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) during childbirth, including the weight of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid. During the first week after delivery, you'll lose additional weight as you shed retained fluids — but the fat stored during pregnancy won't disappear on its own.