Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pregnancy!
How to Deal with Body Changes During Pregnancy!
When I got pregnant for the first time, I knew that my body would change. Though, I didn’t expect anything major to change. I knew I would grow a baby inside of me, but I wasn’t 100% sure of the changes that would happen.
Well, I’m here to tell you that I made it through two pregnancies and a lot of change happened along the way. Some of those changes were good and some were not so great. Nonetheless, it was all worth it. I think it’s important to talk about the changes that happen during pregnancy and after birth because it’s something that every woman experiences who becomes a mother.
One thing is for sure – we are not alone.
With my first pregnancy, my body didn’t change as much. What took me by surprise was the changes that came after having my baby. I was young and while I did plenty of research, I didn’t think I’d have to deal with most of them. Luckily, both my pregnancies were fairly easy with minor issues. Whenever I talked to older moms, I found that they would only want to talk about all the great stuff that comes with being a mom but, I wanted to know the good, the bad, and the ugly!
That’s why I am open to having a conversation about all the changes that come with pregnancy and after birth. It’s a great way to support a fellow mom and to feel as if we aren’t alone. I felt that after having a baby is when you sometimes doubt yourself, and it’s an emotional time for so many reasons.
Read on to see the changes you can expect and the testimonials of veteran moms who have also been through what you are probably going through right now!
Your skin changes
It’s safe to say that your skin changes a lot during and after pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, my skin was glowing but fast forward to my second pregnancy, my skin was much drier. Nothing a little moisturizer won’t fix, but you may notice a change in your skin.
You’ll also find that your skin may get darker in certain areas or that you get little patches of brown markings. Don’t be alarmed if you get a brown line going down your tummy either. It is called linea nigra and it appears usually around the second trimester. Though not all expectant moms will get it, it will fade a few months after having your baby, but I did. Now, some changes in your skin that may not go away are stretch marks. Though they tend to fade and lighten over time and some mamas don’t get them at all.
Your breasts change
For many women, their breasts change when they are pregnant and after they give birth. You’ll find that your breasts may be sore or tender. That can be due to hormonal changes. You may see veins or pigment changes too.
One of the biggest changes I experienced was the sudden growth. I think it’s important to recognize that your body does change during pregnancy and your breasts are one of those ever-changing things. Sometimes your breasts can get a little saggy, but nothing too alarming. Especially since they eventually will change with age as well. It’s important to have a great supportive bra throughout pregnancy and afterward as well. Especially if you will be breastfeeding!
Your bladder changes
There is no doubt that your bladder changes a lot during pregnancy and after you give birth. The urgency to use the bathroom will sneak up on you and there will be a change to your ability to control your bladder; this change can come after birth and may be caused by weakened muscles around the bladder and pelvis.
My bladder started changing while I was pregnant and has continued to change a lot over time. As time has gone on, I have found that I use the bathroom more often and the urinary urgency has only increased. This is when I knew that I needed to do something about my LBL (light bladder leakage) which is when I decided to check out the products that Poise offers.
Use What Works
There is no shame in using Poise products to help with bladder leaks. Pregnancy does some crazy things to your body. I can say that it’s worth every single moment but, let’s be real, a lot of things happen while pregnant.
Some women need to go to the bathroom more and some women cannot hold their bladder as well as they once did. For me, every time I sneezed, and didn’t squeeze–I was in trouble. That’s where the Poise products that I wear come in. There are pads, liners (which I use), and Impressa, so I always know I’m covered.
Being able to have products that are made specifically for bladder leaks is amazing. It gives you the confidence to go about your day without the fear of leakage. While I only use liners now and I’ve tried Impressa, I’m confident that I have the support there if I need it.
Impressa is an amazing product that is designed for bladder support. It doesn’t absorb leaks, it stops them before they happen. If you laugh, cough, sneeze or dance and feel like you leak, then Impressa is for you! It comes in three different sizes for a more personalized, comfortable, and effective fit Another great thing about Impressa is that it’s easy to use and insert and you’ll be surprised the protection it provides and be even more surprised in the support it gives! You simply insert it (like a tampon) and can forget about it for up to 12-hours. Poise is perfect for wearing every day and for packing in my bag for the day ahead. I can count on it.
Although it is not recommended to use Poise Impressa within 3-months of giving birth, its exciting to know about your options when you’re ready!
I love these stories of all the different changes what moms have experienced while pregnant. Especially because they are so honest and because I can relate to them!
See what fellow moms have shared…
Having four kids I have experienced LBL quite a bit. Right from the first pregnancy. I also noticed my hair thinned and my teeth started aching. My dentist said with each pregnancy our increased hormones contribute to this. (Kim, Mom of 4 from talesofarantingginger.com)
With both of my kids, I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis gravidarum. I also had excessive mucus and saliva. I had to spit constantly, or it would make me gag. Fun! When I was pregnant with my son, I searched EVERYWHERE for a solution and didn’t find any. My doctor said she had heard of women having excessive saliva when sleeping but it was the first time she saw a case like mine. I love being a mom but If I could skip the being pregnant part that would be great! (Marielle, Mom of 2 www.ladymarielle.com)
Having 7 kids and now expecting my 8th my body isn’t the same. Experiencing Gestational Diabetes with my 7th has changed my body in so many ways. Not only have I experienced severe weight gain I’ve also developed numerous UTi, LBL when I walk too much or sneeze and also my hair is falling out in clumps! My oral issues have increased and after breastfeeding numerous children my breasts are no longer what they once were. Although totally worth it after those long 9 months, these are the type of things people don’t talk about and we need to more! (Jeanine, Mom of 7, sixtimemommy.com)
Something I deal with is having a perpetually runny nose… throughout my pregnancy, my nose is always dripping like I’ve got a light cold. Apparently, your body generates more fluids (including mucous) while you are pregnant, so keep the Kleenex close. (Bonnie Way, Mom of almost 5, thekoalamom.com)
Ridiculous morning sickness from the beginning (before I even knew I was pregnant) until the day I delivered, with both my boys. Diclectin lessened it, but did not take it away. Crunching ice (careful of your teeth) and sucking on a lemon slice were the only thing that really helped. (Ashley, www.talesofmommyhood.com)
I developed hypothyroidism during my first pregnancy and it has remained. Since I hadn’t experienced any of the symptoms of the disorder, so it proves how important regular checkups are, as I would never have known my thyroid had stopped working properly. (Lisa, Mom of 2)
I found that I had a lot of acne on my face. I looked like a teenager again except I never had much acne as a teen. My hair was always oily. I was always hot too. In the middle of the night once I had to jump out of bed and run to the bathroom. The baby was laying on my bladder and I almost peed the bed! (Diane, Mom of 2. basicallyspeaking.ca)
Moms let’s not be shy about what we’re going through as pregnant women – we’ve all been there and it’s great to lean on each other for information and support. No matter if it’s skin changes, thyroid issues or bladder leakage, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. These changes that happen to us, happen to all of us and thankfully there are women (and tools!) to help us every step of the way.
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To celebrate being there for one another and using tools that work and help us every step of the way, one lucky Whispered Inspirations reader will win a Poise Prize Pack. It is stocked with a variety of pads, liners and an Impressa sizing kit! This contest is open to Canada only and opens on December 13 and closes on December 28!
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If you’re a mom, what changes did you go through?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Poise. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are honest and my own.
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.
I can’t believe how different 2 pregnancies can be as well. My pregnancy with my son was easy but with my daughter it was horrible.
Yes, mine was very different.
I use Poise products every day! This is a great giveaway! Thanks!
Great review,i use Poise liners all the time.Great quality!
I think my friend would love to try the bladder support products, so I’d like to win and share this prize with her!
My mom would love to try Poise
My daughter-in-law just had her first baby and we were talking about how much your body changes during pregnancy. I know my body was never the same after having kids, but that’s OK.
Yes, I completely agree.
I wish that someone had told me everything you mention here, especially the bladder stuff ROFL! I am SO glad that there is something that helps with leaks now!
It is so nice to know that there are products specifically for it.
My children are all grown and gone with families of their own. Been there with all the changes. Nice that your addressing this for those new moms out there.
Yes, hopefully, it helps them!
I totally understand the breast and bladder change! It can be quite different with each pregnancy, and those small changes are very well worth it!
I completely agree. SO worth it.
Love poise products
You forgot feet! My feet grew a half size with each pregnancy. I always thought people were making that up. LOL
OMG, I completely forgot about that!!
Those unexpected changes can really throw you off! I do think it’s important to talk about LBL so more people are able to address it!
Yes, I completely agree!
I wish I had read this while pregnant. I didn’t know my body would change that much. But yes, my bladder is not what it was, that’s for sure.
That was one of the biggest changes that I noticed.
I’ll be sharing these tips with a friend who just found out she’s pregnant. I’m sure she’ll be happy to have them.
Loved this! This is so true. I loved being pregnant…really loved it, but there were always things like this that I don’t miss.
Yes, I completely agree!
I can only image what a journey being pregnant is and the differences it makes to you from your head to your heart and body.
It is an incredible one for sure!
Poise has good name recognition for reliable confidence.
Lots of things go on with pregnancy that cannot even be described sometimes. I have certainly experienced what you have mentioned.
You are so right!
Just about everything changes! haha! Women who are newer to pregnancy would really appreciate this information.
Thanks! I hope they can find some info that can help.
These products would be great! I, unfortunately, need them!
Thanks for the giveaway.Happy Holidays !
When I was pregnant the first time I was shocked just how many different things change. This would have been great to have then.
Hopefully you can pass this on one day!
I would love to try Poise pads and liners. Thanks so much for the chance!
I would like to try this Poise product for LBL.. As I am getting older, I am finding that even with a slight cough I have LBL.
I love all the candidness and honesty in this post. We do go through a lot of changes during pregnancy and childbirth. My smooth, flawless skin now has “tiger stripes” in my abdomen and my butt. No worries, though. I never donned a bikini in my entire life so that ‘s okay. I am a mother and I have nurtured three children in my womb. I have raised my kids from their tiny human stage to adulthood and that alone makes me proud of my accomplishment.
I absolutely adore this! I, too, have tiger stripes!
I love Poise products! They always work!
I am interested in trying the Impressa supports. I’ve heard a lot about them and am curious if they reall work.
You can definitely feel the support.
This is all really great information! It’s amazing how much your body can change in ways you were never even expecting.
OMG, so true!
Man, when I got pregnant there was SO much I didn’t know. I learned so much just as I went along, this post is helpful!
Thanks so much, glad it can help!
I would like to try the Poise liners because after having a baby, I find that I can leak a little when I laugh, sneeze or cough to hard.
My niece is expecting her first and could use some poise
The liners would be helpful!
After having two children I learned there is nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to “changes” that occur during and after pregnancy – I’ve noticed that when sneezing and jumping on the trampoline there is definitely some loosening of muscles down there!!!!
Yes, definitely nothing to be ashamed of!
Poise pads are great quality and my favorite brand
This is a great product that I used a lot post-pregnancy!
wearing poise is so descreet you don’t know you have them on.
This is a great giveaway! Thanks!
Thanks for another great giveaway.Happy Holidays!
I had low thyroid during pregnancy and it really scared me. I was terribly hormonal and cried my way through the months. Thankfully it’s back to normal now.
Poise always work best for me!
Poise products are such great quality!
I adore Poise products! Best on the market!
I know someone who would love to try the IMpressa product.
Dribbling has become a way of life for me lol
Poise makes perfect products for me!
I would be happier if I didn’t need them, but I do and I’m grateful for them.
It is peace of mind!
Poise make the perfect product for me
Poise is a great brand! Merry Christmas
Thanks for a great giveaway! I love Poise products.
Wonderful giveaway,good luck everyone !
My Mom would like to try these because she has major problems .
Thanks for a great giveaway!