We have received some enquiries from some of our pregnant Fitmums about some of the physical changes they are experiencing.. so here is some info on some of the changes and what to expect 🙂
Chloasma- usually called the ‘mask of pregnancy’ . Chloasma is the appearance of patchy dark skin on the forehead, nose and cheeks. It coincides wiht a reise in hormones and melanin during pregnancy. Dark-haried women tend to be more susceptible. The patches will fade in a few months after pregnancy. In teh meantime, to prevent teh areas from darkeing futher-stay out of the direct sun and wear sunscreen to cover up.
Everyone has a faint line that runs from the belyy-button to the public bone, but it can darken substantially when you’re expecting. The same culprit that causes chloasma-an increase in melatonin-enhances teh colour of the linea nigrra. The line should fade a few months after pregnancy when your hormones level out.
You may not recognise them anymore as bluish veins appear under the skin’s surface, the area around the nipple (areola) darkend and increases in size, nipples protutrude more and the gladns on teh areola become raised and bumpy in preparation for breastfeeding. By the end of the 1st trimester, your breasts may leak a thick and yellow liquid called colostrum. Most of these symptoms will stop after delivery or after you stop nursing.
An increase in your body’s blood flow helps move nutrient-rich blood to the uterus, but it can also send extra blood to your teeth and gums. Your gums may bleed easily when you brush but this symptom will stop after delivery so use a softer toothbrush until then.
Your entire body is growing otacommodate your baby so that includes your hair! New hair is growing more rapidly and old hair is shedding more slowly.. Your head of hair may feel thicker and you may notice hairs sprouting in od places like your belly, breasts and nipples. It is totally normal and expected and all will go back to normal after the birth.
Skin is growing and stretching to accommodate your baby so you may notice pieces of ‘accesssory’ skn called skin flaps on your breasts, armpits and neck. Skin tags ar harmless- they won’t diminish after your deliver but you can have them easily removed by a doctor.
Most physical side effects of pregnancy are harmles and will fade soon after the delivery. If you can’t keep liquids down, or if you have a fever or sudden swelling in your face or hands then call your doctor.