Understanding Your Pregnant Body

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Now you are pregnant, your body will be making many changes to accomodate your growing guest. Some changes you will notice such as the growth of your breasts and belly, but other changes are more subtle.The cocktail of hormones that are being released especially for your pregnancy will make emotional as well as physical changes. The hormone Relaxin allows your joints to become looser and more flexible for the birth of your baby. This hormone also opens you up emotionally and so you may experience feelings of vulnerability, and hypersensitivity; a great way to allow you to sympathise more deeply with your fellow humans and give you the openess for motherhood.

It is very common at the beginning of your pregnancy to come down with a ‘cold’. This is a really healthy sign that indicates your immune system has lowered itself enough for your baby to be accepted by your body. If your immune system were kept too strong, it may think your baby is a foreign body to be dealt with like a virus.

The placenta is your baby’s connection to you and is a functioning organ responding to its every need. If your baby needs more nutrients, oxygen or to release any waste products it will do so via the placenta. Many women experience a rise in blood pressure during the final few weeks of pregnancy. According to Dr Michel Odent, this is actually a very healthy sign that the placenta is working and responding to your baby’s needs. High blood pressure if often frowned upon during pregnancy because of it being a symptom of pre-eclampsia (a very serious pregnancy illness). However, if your body needs to give your baby more nutrients it will have to pump blood faster and with more force since your blood is 40% thicker than usual, thus raising the pressure. So long as there is no protein in your urine, your body is responding very well to your baby’s needs.

And likewise with Glucose levels. According to Dr Odent, having glucose in your urine is also a healthy sign that your placenta is responding to your baby’s need for more sugar. Your insulin levels will decrease to allow the sugar to stay in your blood for your baby and if your own body does not need the excess glucose and your baby has had enough, then it will be released through your urine. Often women who have glucose in their urine during pregnancy have no negative symptoms that come with ordinary forms of diabetes, their insulin levels are functioning and the state is resolved after the baby is born.

Your body has been producing approximately 40% more blood volume to allow your blood to be thicker and clot easily in the event that you may bleed during childbirth. A fantastic protection mechanism for you and your baby to be safe, which may make you feel heavier and more solid in your whole body and not just your belly. Your whole body is changing and accomodating your little guest and getting itself ready for labour and motherhood.

Being pregnant is an act of love; you are giving unconditionally to another human being. This process can come with its up’s and downs, but ultimately you are a gorgeous woman of creation allowing a new person into the world to experience the love and joy you have to offer.

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