Pregnancy symptoms abound. Although the onset, type, and duration vary from pregnancy to pregnancy, you can be assured you will feel at least a handful of the typical symptoms—perhaps even some of the outliers. Being equipped with explanations around your newfound sensations may not help you avert them, but it may help you better cope with these unavoidable afflictions.
The silver lining of nausea and vomiting
The experience of nausea, vomiting and heightened sense of smell often present in the early stages of pregnancy, act as a protective mechanism to prevent you from consuming substances that could be harmful to your baby. For instance, many newly pregnant women feel repulsed by the thought of eating animal products, and prior to the advent of refrigerators and modern food sanitation techniques, animal products stored at room temperature were dangerous for pregnant women to consume. Our physiology is still catching up to our technology.
Additionally, symptoms of nausea and vomiting peak when babies are most susceptible to being negatively affected by outside influences (weeks six to eighteen). As pregnancy progresses, you’ll probably notice that your food aversions diminish, which parallels your baby’s strengthening immunity. So, there is an innate wisdom in your early pregnancy eating choices (or lack of eating as the case may be!).
The gain of weight gain
It can be challenging to enjoy the weight gain you experience during pregnancy—even thought it’s for a very good reason. There are a whole heap of factors at work supporting baby’s healthy growth. The adipose tissue is what we commonly call “fat,” and that’s where a lot of important stuff for baby is stored. The placenta also alters your blood sugar, which stimulates weight gain, and estrogen (which is produced in high quantities during pregnancy) is stored in fat tissue that’s concentrated around your belly and thighs.
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