Top 10 Pregnancy Surprises, Part 1

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There is a ton of information out there about pregnancy. From books to magazines to the Internet to your doctor, everyone seems to know something about it. Even this blog attempts to fill you in on some of the issues surrounding that nine months of anticipation.

Even with all of that information overload, however, there are things that don’t always make it through. There are aspects to pregnancy that you just don’t think about, and that many other folks don’t think to mention, either. Today, we’re going to look at a few of those pregnancy surprises.

Here are three ways pregnancy will affect you that aren’t related to direct physical changes:

1. Nesting. The nesting instinct is, in the most basic sense, your way of preparing your world for your new baby. You clean, you decorate, you organize, you work on projects. As you get closer and closer to your due date, you find that you’re becoming increasingly concerned with your home. This “nesting” instinct is normal. It’s also very practical; the more that you do now to optimize your surroundings, the  less of that stuff you’ll have to worry about after your baby is born.

2. Emotional instability. Your hormones change dramatically during pregnancy. In fact, some of the same hormonal changes that can cause mood swings when you have PMS can also cause mood swings during pregnancy.  Some studies suggest that women who have mood swings during PMS are even more likely to experience them during pregnancy.  This emotional instability tends to happen especially during the first trimester, although it can happen at any time. The key thing is to watch out for signs of clinical depression, which can cause real problems for you and your baby.

3. Difficulty with concentration. There are a couple of factors that go into this. One is those hormonal changes going on can affect the way that your brain processes those things around you. Another is the fact that pregnancy is distracting. Physical changes, along with the anticipation of what’s going to happen during delivery and after, can soak up a lot of your thought patterns.

Next time, we’ll take a look at some of the other pregnancy surprises you may not be expecting.

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