The more you know about pregnancy, the better prepared you’ll be!

When the strip turns blue, it’s normal to have a lot of questions and to be nervous about what’s to come, especially if this is your first time being pregnant. Every pregnant woman wants to be prepared, but there are some things about pregnancy that aren’t well-known, whether because they are embarrassing or just downright gross. But at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, our nurse midwife in Bradenton is dedicated to helping you be as prepared as possible for what’s to come. That’s why, in our last blog, we went over a few secrets that all pregnant women need to know about. Keep reading to learn about more common pregnancy secrets.

#5. You shouldn’t actually eat for two.

The fact of the matter is that losing weight after pregnancy is a lot harder than most women think, and avoiding any excessive weight gain during pregnancy is important. While it’s true that you will need extra calories throughout pregnancy, the phrase, “eating for two,” makes it sound like you should eat double. During the first trimester, you don’t actually need to eat any extra calories. During the second trimester, aim for an additional 340 calories per day, and during the third trimester, aim for an extra 450 calories per day. But keep in mind that every woman is different, so be sure to talk to your doctor for more specific nutrition advice.

#6. You might smell different.

Most women are prepared for the morning sickness and mood swings from pregnancy, but some aspects of pregnancy, like a change in your body odor, aren’t so expected. The hormonal changes your body undergoes during pregnancy can impact you in a variety of ways, one of which is a change in how you smell. Increased blood supply to your vagina can cause your vaginal odor to change. Pregnancy also affects your sweat glands, which heightens your body odor. Additionally, many women deal with increased gas during pregnancy, which could also explain the smell.

#7. You’ll probably experience an increase in hair growth.

Your changing hormones affect almost every aspect of your body, including your hair. Many pregnant women enjoy a thicker and stronger head of hair, but unfortunately, that increase in hair growth isn’t limited to your head. Not only will the hair on your head grow more and change in texture, but the hair on your face, legs and the rest of your body will also grow faster too.

#8. You may not like being pregnant.

If you listen to Hollywood, you may be under the impression that pregnancy is all about glowing, eating whatever you want and feeling like a fertility goddess, but the reality is much less glamorous for most women. You may find that you don’t like being pregnant, and that’s okay. Not liking pregnancy does not make you any less of a mom or any less of a woman.

We hope that shedding light on these pregnancy secrets will help you prepare for your pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns about the secrets we’ve uncovered, or about any other aspect of your pregnancy, please schedule your appointment today.