Pregnancy is often associated with morning sickness, heartburn, fatigue etc. but there’s a rosy side to it too. These 10 benefits of pregnancy will sure make you aware of the pleasant surprises that are on your way to the biggest ever gift of your life.
After the first trimester comes to an end, you will finally be able to get back to your normal self. The second trimester is when nausea, fatigue, mood swings etc. will move out of your way and with hormones surging you will feel more energetic and happy. Estrogen and Progesterone rise increases blood flow throughout your whole body including the lady parts, which not only increase the frequency of the orgasms but makes them long-lasting as well.
Other reason for this strong sexual urge could also be the sudden realization that sex might not be so easy to have once the baby arrives. You will also feel more confident about your body, after all, you are not guilty of all the weight, It’s the BABY!
Luscious Hair and Growing Nails:
Yes, it’s true. Pregnancy does give you new hair growth. This is because of a surge in estrogen and androgen, which are the two hormones responsible for healthier, shinier hair. Our hair goes through 3 stages – growth, transition and resting phase. Estrogen in your body, however, lengthens the transition phase and gives you fuller hair than you have ever had in your life NATURALLY. Postpartum can lead to hair loss but you can counter it with these tips here.
Your nails will also grow faster than before but with a downside of becoming softer and more brittle. The changes with your nails are not permanent and it will return back to normal after a few weeks postpartum.
That Much-Awaited Pregnancy GLOW:
It’s not just SWEAT!, even though it can be one of the reasons. Don’t worry, the pregnancy glow is real, you will notice it yourself. An increase in blood volume and circulation makes your cheeks rosy too. And if you exercise moderately, the glow would just multiply faster because of added benefit of more blood in your body.
There is a scientific proof of it. In 2015, researchers at Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem proved that during pregnancy rejuvenating effects in the tissues of the mother is very high as compared to a normal human being. Rejuvenation is not limited to skin and can spread to muscles as well. (1)
Lower Risk of Cancer & Heart Diseases:
It has been proven time and again that Pregnancy can lower the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and heart disease.
Even though pregnancy increases breast cancer risk in short term, it can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50% for women who have given birth in early 20’s. It was also proved that pregnancy reduces the risk of ovarian cancer, lesser the risk more the pregnancies. The reason could be attributed to fewer fertility problems and healthier ovaries, which in turn reduces chances of any abnormal cell development in future. (2)
If this was not enough, higher levels of estrogen in the body pregnant women can help counter the loss of estrogen during menopause in women and hence, lower the risk of stroke by about 50%.
Reduced Severity of PCOS:
Even though PCOS increases chances of miscarriage by 50% as opposed to the normal 15%, if you do manage to get past that risk, not only will you a higher chance of less complication throughout your pregnancy, you will also have reduced effects of PCOS after you have had your baby.
Self Confidence Shoots Up:
After going through full nine-month pregnancy finally culminating in excruciating labor pains, there is a self-realization of capability and empowerment that no woman has experienced ever before. You also develop a positive body image, which is really important to realize.
Fuller and Perkier Boobs:
You have probably heard this before and this is true. Hormones during early pregnancy increase boob sensitivity but it will go away in a month and two. Your boobs will increase by a cup size or two, sometimes more. In a study, it was proved that symmetrical, bigger and a greater increase in the size of breasts might indicate that you are carrying a boy. (3)
Being healthy becomes a habit for you. After all, you practice it for almost a year. Many women stick to the habit of exercising daily, taking more care of what they put in their body, regular checkups and more, which stays even after pregnancy. A healthier lifestyle also affects your child both in short term and long term. (4)
Bye-Bye Menstrual Cramps:
Another benefit of pregnancy includes periods becoming a lot easier to handle. There is no particular theory so as to why it happens. But many women have testified to experiencing little to no menstrual cramps after pregnancy even if they were traumatizing before. Another study also suggests that endometriosis condition also improves due to structural changes in tissue in the pelvis, whose abnormality in the first place was responsible for the condition.
So Much Pampering:
Your partner is gonna love your curves and the maternal nesting instincts that comes along with pregnancy. Having a baby will get you a lot closer and strengthen your bond. Not just your partner, everyone around you will suddenly be nicer to you. People would be asking you to hold your bags, the sales representative will help you out first and close family members and friends will become overly protective and caring for you. Just the sight of you will throw them in AWW! mood.
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