How Your Body Changes During Pregnancy

When pregnant, you will experience many physical changes to your body. While it is certainly true that women’s bodies are made to adapt to these changes, knowing what to expect can make the difference between feeling helpless or getting a sense of control.

Some of the changes will include weight gain, stretch marks, or possibly increased acne. These are normal changes, and may be looked at in a positive way.

It does not mean you will definitely experience all these changes, You may experience a big weight gain or just gain enough weight that only from the growing baby inside you. Or, you may get a few pimples or have absolutely perfect skin. Every pregnancy is unique with each child, along the fact that it affects one woman differently to another. You body will make the necessary changes for whatever your particular child needs to grow.

During your day to day life, you will learn more about how these changes will affect you as your pregnancy continues. Whether it is the nausea, occasional acne,stretch marks, or stress, there are several ways to make it more comfortable and livable for you.


Most women feel nauseous during their first and second trimester. Typically, morning or nightime are the times in the day when it occurs. While this is normal, there are ways to help control feelings of nauseousness and vomiting by changing what you eat and how often you eat. Also, simply by relaxing the body through breathing and sleeping or napping can ease the strain on your system, besides making you feel better.


Women may notice that when they are pregnant that there may be increased acne on their face and their body. This acne is a result of chemical changes in the body and should not last after the pregnancy is over.

There a just a few easy things to do to help prevent and heal the acne. You will need to wash your face often, avoid certain foods, and drink more water during the day in order to keep it under control.

Many experienced mothers might tell you that drinking more than 8 glasses of water, or 64 ounces, helps to clean out the impurities within your blood that aid in causing acne. Also, avoiding foods that are greasy or extremely sweet, since these tend to produce the bacteria that acne loves.

Stretch marks

As women gain weight, they may notice lines forming on their abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, or arms. This is normal when pregnant and not to be feared. Certainly, physical changes can affect pregnant women emotionally but, it does not have to. There are numerous products especially made, to diminish and fade any stretch marks caused by pregnancy.

By understanding that these physical changes are necessary, you will have the means to be able to cope with your stress and concerns. Fear and worry can be lessoned if you know what is normal and to expect at each stage of your pregnancy. Then, you can relax and focus on the 9 month miracle, growing inside you.