While many of the changes that occur during pregnancy feel very bad and uncomfortable, there are actually surprising benefits for the body after pregnancy.
There are many changes that happen
to a woman’s body when she is pregnant. These changes are both physical and
emotional, in that the structure of the body changes as well as the hormonal
release and balance. Some changes are semi-permanent, for instance the pelvis
structure never quite goes back to its original shape. Other changes only last
during the pregnancy, such as swelling in the feet and ankles.
While many of the changes that occur
during pregnancy feel very bad and uncomfortable, there are actually surprising
benefits for the body after pregnancy. Some of these benefits are quite
unexpected. Nonetheless, it is certainly welcome news in the end to know that
there are plenty of lights at the end of the pregnancy tunnel.
Find out some of the ways that the
body will thank you for the pregnancy, and how it can benefit even years down
the track. These are benefits that pregnant women definitely ought to make the
1. Your sex life gets better: There
is increased blood flowto the pelvic area which makes this region more sensitive.
In terms of sex life and libido, things can often get a lot better in the
bedroom for women during and after pregnancy.
The hormones in the body, which stay
around while breastfeeding encourage the libido and promote sexual desires.
This can happen for the whole time of breastfeeding in some cases. Some women
even say that the best sex they’ve had is during pregnancy.
eating becomes a habitand you generally become more health conscious.
During pregnancy, eating healthy becomes a real priority, given that you need
to sustain the nutrients and protein for a growing baby too.
After focusing on eating healthy and
promoting a positive diet and lifestyle for 9 months, this becomes a habit.
Once something is done more than twenty times, it is said to become habitual.
After pregnancy, it is easier to continue these good things as the body begins
to crave them.
cramps aren’t as badwhen the monthly period returns after pregnancy. For
many women, a significant decrease in the severity of cramping each month is
felt. In fact, sometimes they disappear completely.
There isn’t much scientific evidence
to explain why, but women who experience this won’t be asking for too many
answers - they’ll just be grateful!
risk of cancer is lessenedbecause of hormonal changes. Basically, there is
a scientific thought that the risk of breast cancer is increased with exposure
to endogenous hormones. These are hormones that are released during
Since pregnancy stops menstruation,
there is significantly less exposure to endogenous hormones for a long period
of time. Of course, there are other factors that weigh into breast cancer, but
this is one factor decreased.
giving birth to children. This is thanks to the placenta, which is an organ
that grows during pregnancy and connects to the baby’s umbilical cords, giving
it the nutrients it needs to grow and oxygen to breath.
When a woman develops a placenta, it
brings forth many antibodies and cells. Then there is a process called micro-chimerism
in which these stay in the body and boost the immunity of the woman, therefore
increasing her life expectancy.
ovaries become healthierafter conceiving a child. With menstruation each
month, the ovarian cells go through a process of division. Throughout this
process, they become more susceptible and vulnerable to cancer. Without
menstruation during pregnancy, the ovarian cells are given a chance to regain
their strength and build up resistance to cancerous cells. This means there is
less chance of developing ovarian cancer.
The same type of thing happens for
the uterus. Without shedding the uterine lining each month in menstruation, there
is a lessened chance of endometrial cancer. It also takes away a lot of monthly
stress during the pregnancy times!
taste budsbecome a lot more receptiveand sensitive to flavours. This
means that you are able to taste and sense foods and flavours in a heightened
way. The reason for this is the increased flow of estrogen in the body.
Although this estrogen goes away
after giving birth, the taste buds get 9 months to indulge in new experiences
and you can learn more about your palate.
strength gathers and growswith pregnancy, as the body develops new
strategies to keep the foetus safe. This is an amazing display of evolutionary
preservation. As conception occurs, the body starts to create more cells and
produce more hormones, which work to create a barrier of defense against
disease and illness. This strengthens the body for later in life, as well. Many
women experience relief from asthma, psoriasis, and autoimmune diseases
There is also some evidence that
suggests women who are pregnant are more likely to get relief from chronic
diseases and illness. For instance, the prevalence of Crohn's diseases,
multiple sclerosis, and ulcerative colitis have been known to lessen throughout
pregnancy, according to research done at the University College London.
becomes easier to be happier, according to research done on motherhood.
While happiness is a very unique and individual thing, there have been studies
that show women with children are happier. They feel a sense of accomplishment
Of course, this journey isn’t for
everyone, and it is totally fine to choose not to have kids. Nonetheless, women
who do gain happiness from their children certainly deserve it!
hair benefitsin both terms of growth and shine. This comes back to the
increased levels of estrogen now in the body.
The way that estrogen affects the
hair is that is gives the cells a longer growth cycle. Therefore, hair now has
the chance to grow at a quicker rate and maintain a shine to it.
esteem levels riseafter the challenge of pregnancy. There is nothing like
finding out what you’re capable of like going through pregnancy and giving
birth to a child. The emotional, physical, and psychological challenges that
present themselves over the course of pregnancy allow women to gain a better
understanding of themselves.
With this, they find out their
strengths and weakness. A sense of pride is one of the best side effects of
pregnancy. After all that, you definitely deserve to give yourself a pat on the
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