When you’re learning how to become a surrogate mother, you probably already know that it’s necessary that you went through a pregnancy previously. Becoming a surrogate mother is different than your own pregnancy, but your body still goes through some major changes. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some of the changes you can expect in your body during pregnancy. Whether it’s your second pregnancy or your fifth, your body still goes through the same changes. Additionally, if you’re on the fence about becoming a surrogate mother, then take the time to contact our surrogacy agency to learn more about this beautiful and altruistic decision for a family who would like to welcome an additional member.
Five Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy
The body is a beautiful and mysterious thing. There’s still so much that people don’t know about it, but there is still so much that we do. For example, what occurs during pregnancy is something we know a lot about. During your first pregnancy, you may have had some issues or you may have had a fantastic and easy pregnancy. What it comes down to are the changes in your body and how each facet reacts to a growing child. We picked five different areas that change in your body and what happens in each system.
The Cardiovascular System
The Cardiovascular system includes the blood vessels and the heart. This area of your body is responsible for moving the oxygen through your body. When you’re pregnant, the blood plasma in your body will increase by 50 percent in volume. The heart rate will increase and the blood pressure will decrease when you’re pregnant. When you’re pregnant, the blood in the body needs to be reserved for the birth. The extra blood is needed to allow the reproductive organs to grow. For this reason, many pregnant woman have blood clots and are at a higher risk for deep vein thrombosis. For this reason, it’s important that if you’re sitting for a long period of time, you move around.
The Uterus obviously will change during pregnancy. You have a living being growing in there after all. It’s important to note that the uterus will become larger and it will twist to the right side of your body. Additionally, it will grow from 50 grams to one kilogram. As we mentioned above, you’ll have an increase of blood in your body, so the cervix will have more blood and it can even change color to a more blueish-purple. You probably have been told by a doctor that you’re likely to have spotting after intercourse, but it’s important to speak to a doctor about any bleeding or spotting you may experience.
The Blood System
Another area that changes in your body is your blood. While you have more blood in your body, your body also works to prevent blood loss, especially during pregnancy and after the delivery. The amount of blood in your body increases and can cause anaemia, which decreases the iron in your blood. The risk of clotting can increase and you can suffer from varicose veins as well as lowered protein levels. Your legs can swell because of the decrease of protein and the increase in blood. Keep tabs on your legs to watch the swelling.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine or the hormone system will change when you’re pregnant. Obviously, with a growing being in your body, your hormones will change a lot, but the thyroid can change. It’s important to note that the thyroid won’t affect your pregnancy, but it’s important to tell your doctor. During pregnancy, the prolactin levels will increase and the breasts will change to help with breastfeeding. The cortisol, basal metabolic rate, and the renin levels in your body will increase as well as the glucose levels. On the other hand, the calcium levels will decrease, which can result in cramps and mild and reversible osteoporosis.
Lastly, the vagina will change. Now it’s important to note that the vagina is what’s inside your body, not on the outside. The vulva is what’s on the outside of your body. The vagina will change when it comes to your pH levels, which is why yeast infections can be increased due to an uneven pH level.
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