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Lizzie’s Tips For Mums

First of all … Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Having a baby is one of the joyous journey for a woman. There are trials and tribulations along the way but trust me, it is in indeed a joyous experience.  I am here to help guide you lovely ladies along the way.

A woman’s body undergoes many transformations during the nine months of pregnancy, starting from the 1st trimester.  It is nature’s way of preparing your body for the growth of your baby.  It is different for every woman, but basically here are the changes which you will experience.  Knowing what you are going through helps you to cope with the changes.

Breast tenderness Tender breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, triggered by hormonal changes. This is your body preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby. This will probably last through the first trimester.  Going up a bra size (or more), it is best  to wear a support bra which will make you feel more comfortable.

There might be small bumps forming in the area around your nipples.

Hormonal changes also bring about physical transformation in your body as stated below : 
– An expanding belly 
– Weight gain, 
– Enlarged uterus, 
– Morning sickness 
– Backaches
– You may also feel bloated, kind of like after a big meal. But
– Some women have a little baby-pooch by the end of the first trimester.

The increase in estrogen during pregnancy enables the uterus and placenta in preparing for the growth of your baby, as follows:

• Improve vascularization (the formation of blood vessels)
• Transfer nutrients to the fetus
• Support the fetus development
• Helps the fetus to mature healthily
• Causes nausea during pregnancy

Skin Changes

You experience skin changes during the pregnancy, but the ones that tend to be the most bothersome to women are stretch marks.

There are some lucky women who do not develop stretch marks, which is genetics. 

Brownish patches of darkened skin may appear on the face around the eyes and over the cheeks and nose, due to an increase in melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color.  Pigment changes can also cause freckles and moles to darken and enlarge during pregnancy.  Make sure you stay out of direct sunlight and wear sun block to protect your skin.  It is especially important to choose organic or natural products based skin care, as the skin absorbs chemicals into the skin.

The fluctuating hormone levels can produce a dark line in the middle of the abdomen running from the belly button to the pubic bone as your pregnancy progresses.  Known as linea negra, this pigment change is usually more common in women with a dark complexion, and it often fades after delivery. 

As always feel free to message us anytime for more information. Remember you are not alone, we are here for you!

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