images-pregnant_girl_470603049YOU ARE PREGNANT, WHAT NEXT?(PART 2)

Do you know that your hormones are in constant flux and raging all over the place? Are you aware that during pregnancy your nipples become sensitive and hurt? All this is as a result of excessive hormones like progesterone and estrogen in your body during pregnancy. Sensitivity may occur by having sore nipples, sometimes swollen breasts and sensitive to touch.

All these are normal as a woman’s body prepares internally for the production and eventual secretion of milk. You may notice your breasts getting enlarged as the month’s progress and your areola becomes dark and pronounced. It is recommended to wear a breathable cotton sports bra to help relieve the pain .

The most common form of sensitivity in pregnant women has to do with their emotions, you find yourself bursting into uncontrollable tears and can’t explain the mood swings, as your body is adjusting to the changes so are your emotions .This is caused by high hormonal changes that affect your neurotransmitters during pregnancy.

Pregnancy can be a stressful and overwhelming period but you can get a birth partner, this is usually someone who has experienced child birth and is ready to coach and guide you during your pregnancy .An experienced birth partner can help you allay any fears you might be feeling.

Frequent urination is another form of sensitivity due to blood which flows quickly to your kidneys thereby causing your bladder to fill up rather quickly, hence the frequency to urinate .As your child develops, you may also feel pressure on your bladder .There is no remedy for this and is not a reason for you to desist from taking water, as your growing child needs to stay hydrated.

According to the NHS UK, 8 out of 10 women experience heart burn and indigestion during pregnancy, indigestion occurs as result of growing pressure on the womb, occurring usually after a meal, signs include feeling full, burping and nausea, while heartburn in pregnancy is tightness and pain in the chest brought on by stomach acid passing through your stomach to the oesophagus . This can be treated by taking milk or chewing antacids and avoiding spicy or oily foods.

A healthier mother and baby is what The Audrey Pack stands for, we therefore recommend you talk to your doctor about your worries as they are in a better position to prescribe healthy and safe ways of dealing with any challenges faced during pregnancy.