You Really Will Glow
Saying a pregnant woman is glowing is a common expression, but most people chalk it up to the woman’s excitement about becoming a mummy. As it turns out though, glowing skin is a very real thing for pregnant women. While you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body will increase by 50%. The extra blood ends up showing through the skin in many areas, particularly the cheeks. On top of this, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, resulting in a softer, shinier appearance. When the increased blood flow combines with shine, the result is a noticeable glow.
Your Sense of Smell Gets Better
During pregnancy, your sense of smell increases drastically, as does your sense of taste. Scientists think that this is to help pregnant mums avoid eating small levels of toxins.. As smoke, alcohol and coffee are all particularly noticeable to pregnant women, this theory certainly seems to be on the right path.
You Don’t Really Need To Eat For Two
Despite the widespread rumours that say pregnant women need to gain as much weight they can in order to birth a healthy baby, the truth is that most women will only need an extra 300 calories per day. That’s equivalent to about one serving of yogurt & piece of cake. Most women only need to gain about 25 pounds throughout their entire pregnancy.
Of course, if you happen to be taken out for a meal and are having a tough time resisting the desserts section, go ahead and sneak a little extra. No one will give a pregnant woman a hard time if she pigs out.
Your Feet Can Grow Up To One Full Shoe Size
If you’re wondering why your feet will get so big when you only gain 25 pounds, it has to do with the excess pressure on your feet, paired with relaxed ligaments in your body. As your pregnancy wears on, your body starts to release the tightness of its ligaments to help with the birthing process. Unfortunately this also means your feet start to lose their arch and stretch out on the sides. The flatter, wider shape of your feet will probably be temporary.
The Father Might Show Symptoms of Pregnancy
It’s surprisingly common for a father-to-be to start gaining weight, getting morning sickness and even feel cramps in his lower abdomen. The condition is known as a sympathetic pregnancy.