With their bodies’ ability to transform within months to accommodate a new life, mothers are no less than a living miracle. They are magnanimous and affectionate, and it is never wrong to say that the mother knows all. Here are 9 amazing changes that a mother’s body goes through, which makes them no less than a superhuman.
1. Your Heart Gets Bigger
When they say all moms have a big heart, it’s not just metaphorically. Studies show that a pregnant mother’s heart gets enlarged during pregnancy. This is because it starts beating harder to pump more blood for both the mother and baby. For those 9 months, there is an increase in the mother’s heart rate and size as the blood volume increases.
2. Your Feet Outgrow Your Shoe Size
There are many changes that the body goes through during pregnancy. Turning into a ‘big foot’ is one of them. Edema or swelling in the feet is a common symptom of pregnancy. You might feel like a stamping giant as you walk, but it only persists until delivery. Sorry, you may have to ditch your belly shoes, but hey! You can shop for a new pair now!
3. Your Uterus Expands 500x The Initial Size
Before becoming a mom, a woman’s uterus is as small as a peach. By the 9th month of pregnancy, it becomes 500 times bigger! Imagine a peach turn into a watermelon. Uterus becomes a super-flexible, highly accommodating and an extremely comfortable place for the new life to grow and develop.
4. Your Sense Of Smell And Taste Heightens
Enhanced senses of smell and taste can pull you near the best of foods and keep you away from pungent smells of dangerous substances like alcohol and smoke. Enhanced olfactory senses will also help you savor food in a better way.
5. Your Body Makes A New Organ
A whole new organ called placenta – grows inside you once the baby gets on board. It is like the life support system for the baby. Most expectant mothers know about this. What they can’t fathom is how quickly an organ like a kidney or lung, can develop inside the female body in a matter of months!
6. Your Pelvis Is No Longer The Same
The cartilage between the pelvic bone slightly relaxes, giving some room for the baby to pass through the bony area during delivery. The pelvis doesn’t come back to it’s original position. This also becomes a basis for doctors to determine if the woman has given birth before.
7. You Experience The Pregnancy Glow
Your pregnancy hormones will make your skin glimmer. Extra benefits include strong nails and luscious thick hair. Personally, if you think pregnancy symptoms made you look huge and ugly, you totally got it all wrong.
8. Your Body Can Actually Stretch Better
It might be tough to believe that you have become more flexible, even though you are unable to bend down to tie your shoes. A hormone called relaxin is responsible for loosening your ligaments, which makes childbirth easier for you.
9. You May Lactate At The Sound Of Crying
Moms seem to carry a kind of sixth sense. Their bodies can sense discomforts in babies, to the point that they may start lactating on hearing them cry. Even thinking about the baby or smelling them can cause the milk to leak from the nipple.
Expectant moms are expected to take pride in their superpower to give birth. Keep a track of all the changes that your body goes through, and enjoy your pregnancy.