Friday, 25 May 2012

7 things I didn't know about pregnancy until I became pregnant

I'd always heard the typical things about being pregnant - morning sickness, glowing skin, mood swings, cravings etc.  

But here's a few things that I hadn't heard of before until I became pregnant myself;
  • When the baby gets hiccups you can feel it!  It's the most amazing feeling and so crazy knowing what's going on in there!
  • "Eating for two" is not exactly the case, you actually don't need to consume much extra food at all.   You need no additional calories in the first trimester, about 300 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester - which equates to around 2 pieces of toast with avocado & a glass of milk!  Pregnant women do however need more iron, folate & protein.   (you can find out more here)
  • The blood volume in the body whilst pregnant can increase by up to 50%!  The increased blood volume also makes up around 1.5kg of the weight gained during pregnancy. 
  • Concentration levels can be all over the place.  This is definitely the case for me at the moment.  I find I forget things so easily and sometimes hubby will be talking to me and I won't even hear what he's said! 
  • You don't lose as much hair when you're pregnant, and the hormones produced by your body make your hair and nails grow faster too.
  • Cramps can become quite frequent - I've had a lot of cramping in my calves at night time, and it's extremely painful to wake up to in the middle of the night.  I've found the best prevention for this is to stretch my calves just before going to bed.
  • The term "nesting" is actually true!!  As I get closer to my due date I have found myself cleaning and organising things around the house, even when I am exhausted & can't be bothered.  It's a strange feeling but it's an instinct to prepare the home for the baby's arrival.  And even men can feel it too!

So there we are, things I didn't know about pregnancy but now I do!   How many of the above were you aware of?