5 things they never tell you about pregnancy

Of course pregnancy is a wonderful, life-changing, life-affirming cause for celebration, but let’s not forget that the tiny being you’re growing can turn things upside down physically for mums-to-be. Here are a few things to look out for, because forewarned is forearmed.

1. Weird dreams

Pregnant women are walking, talking dream-catchers. In fact, their dreams would give Salvador Dali a run for his money. Not only are they often jam-packed with subconscious pregnancy anxiety, they’re probably the only place you’ll imaginatively ‘give birth’ to a cartwheeling, Elvis-crooning, feather-boa-clad sloth. Or something similarly alarming.

Experts tell us that these dreams are part hormonal cocktail and part readying ourselves for our new parenting role. We confirm they are wholly freaky at times (but perfectly normal!).

Meditation and mindfulness practices during your waking hours may help some mums to calm these weird or scary episodes.

2. Poop challenges

Why don’t people talk about poop more? Pregnancy is a great time to come to terms with the kind of poop-life that will follow once your baby is born!

Constipation is a particularly common problem for mums-to-be. Sluggish digestive systems are all thanks to increased levels of progesterone during pregnancy. This hormone helpfully relaxes the body’s muscles to make pregnancy more seamless (supposedly!). This means our smoother digestive tracts are MUCH more relaxed about processing what we eat. A gentle and effective product like Duphalac will help to get things moving.

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3. Hurts where no hurt has gone before

While the movies show us picture-perfect pregnant ladies, blooming amidst fields of sunflowers as they clutch their growing bumps, the reality can be very, very different.

Heartburn, sciatica, achey ligaments, cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and haemorrhoids are the tip of the iceberg for many mums-to-be.

Luckily there is an adorable, tiny human at the end of the process providing ample reward for months of discomfort. Ace plan, Mother Nature!

4. Leg wiggles

‘Restless legs’ are a pregnancy rite of passage, guaranteed to not only torture you with their twitchy moves, but possibly keep you awake half the night as well.

Around 16 per cent of pregnant women experience this wriggly condition and it’s thought to be caused by a bunch of things including genes, diet and stress. Warm baths, dietary adjustments and acupuncture may help ease the pesky wiggles.

5. Surprising boobs

Boobs are multi-tasking bosses during pregnancy, let’s be frank.

Not only do they grow bigger, they really sing the praises of their blood supply loudly (hello veins!). Some clever boobs begin to lactate well before the baby arrives. Others decide they’d like a change of nipple colour, to celebrate the pregnancy.

Pregnant boobs could have their own sideshow, really. They’re super entertaining. Whichever surprise your boobs spring on you – and it might be all of the above – know that it’s totally warranted and important work, readying them for the rigours of breastfeeding that lie ahead.

The list goes on…

Of course, these are just a few of the the changes being a mum-to-be will spring on your unsuspecting body. There’s a whole lot more on the cards too – burgeoning bellies, frequent toilet visits, exhaustion, morning sickness, fluid retention, general puffiness and other delights that may darken your doorstep.

Thankfully it’s all (mostly) worth it in the end and these lessons in triumph-over-adversity come in handy once your baby is born!

(This is a sponsored post for Duphalac)

If you have any symptoms that are of a concern during pregnancy, you should consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Duphalac® contains lactulose and is indicated for the treatment of constipation. Medical advice should be sought before use in children, babies and pregnant women. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, SEE YOUR DOCTOR/ HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. Duphalac® is a registered trademark of BGP Products Pty Ltd. Level 1, 30-34 Hickson Road, Millers Point NSW, 2000. DUL-2016-0025. Date Prepared: February 2017.

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