Pregnancy is a miraculous thing because it allows you to bring a new life into the world. While you most likely already understand how this new life can affect your emotions, the pregnancy will also affect your body and physical well-being. Whether you are currently pregnant or hoping to conceive soon, understanding the changes in your body is imperative. Here are a few fascinating facts about your pregnant body.
Your Uterus Will Grow (and Grow and Grow)
Obviously, your baby will need to remain in your uterus for an extended period of time, ensuring they receive sufficient nutrients for their growth and development. As your baby grows, your uterus will need to grow, as well, to accommodate for the baby's larger size.
Of course, you may be surprised by how much your uterus grows even though you are seeing a noticeable difference in the size of your belly.
When you are approximately 12 weeks pregnant, your uterus will be about the size of a grapefruit. However, the uterus will expand to the size of a watermelon during the third trimester as you are ending your pregnancy.
After the birth of your baby, your uterus will return its original size, which is about the size of an orange.
Your Pelvic Bone May Separate During Childbirth
Another fascinating fact concerns the actual birth of your first baby.
During childbirth, your baby will need to move through the birth canal until it reaches the pubic bone. To pass through this space, cartilage will need to stretch, creating an actual separation in the pubic bone.
Surprisingly, the separation will remain. Therefore, this fascinating separation will already be in place if you deliver additional babies.
You Are Waddling for a Reason
The majority of women do gain weight throughout their pregnancy. In most cases, the weight gain occurs in the abdominal area mostly, due to the increased size of the uterus that contains your unborn baby. The way you walk can change, causing you to waddle, or walk like a duck.
You probably believe the waddling is due to the weight gain, but that is not entirely true. Because you will be carrying more weight in the front and center of your body, your center of gravity is changing, resulting in this new method of walking.
In addition, pregnancy causes your joints and cartilage to soften. Due to this change, waddling is actually a more comfortable way to move around.
Pregnancy is a miracle, but it can do miraculous things to your body, too. This guide will help you understand a few fascinating facts about your pregnant body. Contact a clinic, like All Women's Clinic, for more help.