5 amazing facts about your pregnant body
Your pregnant body isn't just making a new human, it's doing other amazing things
Pregnancy puts your body through the most incredible changes, including some you would never have imagined...
1. Blood pressure might determine gender
There are many theories on what determines whether you have a boy or a girl, but a recent study in Canada suggests there are links to blood pressure. Research on 1,411 Chinese women found those who had boys also had higher systolic blood pressure (that’s the number on the top of your measurement) before they got pregnant. They just haven’t found out why yet.
Find out more about how you might get the odd clue to if you are expecting a boy or a girl.
2. Your feet can get bigger
Women’s feet really can increase in size when they are pregnant - and the change can be permanent. Researchers tested the claim often made by women when the have flat feet. Doctors believe the arch of the foot flattens out, possibly due to the extra weight and increased looseness of the joints associated with pregnancy.
Also, here are some tips on how to relieve pregnancy cramp.
3. Your uterus grows
You’ll expect this, of course, but did you know it goes from the size of a pear to a watermelon, and increases to 500 times its original capacity?
After about 20 weeks your midwife starts to measure your bump from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus - the fundal height. The number of centimetres roughly correlates with how many weeks pregnant you are. It’s quite a subjective measurement so should be done by the same midwife each time.
Find out more pregnancy facts at Your pregnancy A to Z.
4. You need higher SPF sunscreen
Melanin levels increase; that’s why the area around your nipples darkens and you can get a dark line down your middle. Skin also becomes more sun-sensitive and you’re actually more likely to burn.
Find out more about top tips for great pregnancy skin.
5. Your nose blocks up
Keep finding your nose is a bit stuffy but it never develops into a cold? Been like since about week 13 of your pregnancy? Yep, you’ve got pregnancy snuffly nose! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one and it’s not a cold coming on. The extra blood flowing round your body is causing the tiny veins in your nasal passages to swell just enough to make your nose feel more blocked. Weird, but true.
Check out our pregnancy pages to find out about other conditions like pregnancy tiredness.
Words: Helen Foster
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