Bringing a new life into this earth is one of the most wonderful feelings there is. Procreation is one of our primary purposes in the first place. Pregnancy is an exciting moment for expectant parents. In the course of pregnancy, a woman experiences many changes in her body. Sometimes these changes can be both frightening and overwhelming.
Being pregnant brings a myriad of emotions, and no matter how much joy this brings, this stage in life can be scary. There are so many things that happen during the pregnancy week by week. Among the many things that can easily be noticed are the increased in the urge to void, dull complexion in the skin, and morning sickness. If you are the paranoid type, you will be scared of so many risks that you and your baby could face.
Here are some facts about pregnancy that you might not know:
Sex is good for you
We all know the benefits of having sex, but having sex while pregnantly is better. First off, orgasms are better during pregnancy. This is due to the rich blood supply in the genital area, thus making it more sensitive. Sex releases happy hormones, also called endorphins. This happy hormone can brighten up momma to be’s mood. It can also speed up postpartum recovery, especially when sex is coupled with some Kegel’s exercise. This helps in preparing the pelvic floor for delivery. You might not be in “the mood” all the time, but when you are, don’t hesitate to grab your partner. On the other hand, consult your OB first. Make sure that you are safe to have sex. Some conditions such as placenta previa and incompetent cervix can cause serious effects on pregnancy.
Sex does not hurt your baby
Once cleared by your specialist to have sex, do not be afraid to engage. Though, you might have to be creative in choosing the right sex positions. A lot of soon-to-be-moms are scared to have sex for several of reasons. One of them is the fear of hurting the baby. The baby is well protected by the amniotic fluid, the amniotic sac, uterus, and layers of skin, muscles, and fat, therefore, a baby is safe and could not be hurt by a few rocking motions.
Morning Sickness fallacy
When pregnancy is mentioned, you can’t help but think of morning sickness. The truth is some women (who are undoubtedly lucky) do not experience morning sickness at all! On the other side of the spectrum, some women experience morning sickness all throughout the pregnancy. To top it all off, some experience feeling sick, all day long, not only in the morning. Morning sickness is expected to occur during the first trimester of the pregnancy and taper off through the second. However, no two bodies are alike. Your experience will vary on how your body handles the changes that occur during pregnancy and probably luck.
Stress affects your unborn baby
Stress can affect health in so many ways. This is due to the hormones that are released in the body during a stressful situation. Stress hormones include cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. The fetus is sensitive to changes in his or her environment and can feel the changes in the levels of these hormones. If these hormones could send your heart racing and blood pressure rising, it will also do the same to your baby.
Importance of Folic Acid
Folic acid is vital in the formation and development of neural tube of the fetus. Neural tube becomes spine, spinal cord, and brain. This is one of the many necessary changes and development that happen during pregnancy week by week. It is best to take folic acid way before planning the pregnancy. Taking folic acid three months before attempting to conceive is the ideal. Having ample amount of folic acid during the pregnancy helps avoid conditions such as spina bifida, encephalocele, and hydrocephalus.
Babies cannot breathe on their while in the womb
Mothers breathe for their babies while in utero; this is why respiration increases during pregnancy. Oxygen is passed on to the baby through the placenta. The baby does not get to use his or her lungs until out of the stereo. For this reason, it is important to avoid as many pollutants as possible while pregnant. Avoid second-hand smoking and of course smoking. Cigarette smoke has been known to cause microcephaly ( the head that is too small) on babies.
Babies Respond to sound
There are cute videos out there showing babies reacting to certain sound or music. This is because babies start recognizing certain sounds while in utero, and they could retain this in their memories. As young as 20 weeks, the fetus can hear quiet sounds. As the fetus grows older, he or she can hear high-pitched sounds. Talking or singing to the baby while in the womb is beneficial for both parents and baby.
Changes to the skin
During pregnancy, the body creates hormones more than ever. This is to ensure that the fetus is safe and will be able to complete the entire course of pregnancy. Because of this, changes such as dull complexion of the skin and darkening on the face occur (also called melasma). This is contrary to what magazines try to portray of pregnant women having glowing and radiant skin. Some women, however, are lucky to skip this kind of changes on their skin. Luckily, these changes to the skin are temporary and slowly disappear after giving birth.