C ongratulations!  In just a few short months, you’re going to give birth to a tiny, little person that you’re going to love more than anything for the rest of your life.  The ladies that have been through it before will tell you all about the nausea, back pain, and having to pee every five minutes, among other complaints.

They’ll remind you, however, that all the discomforts are worth it when the baby gets here.  What many of them neglect to mentions is that pregnancy actually carries many health benefits for you.  Here are six you may not know about.

1.    No Shedding

The typical woman loses between 50 and 100 stands of hair per day.  During pregnancy, the increased estrogen makes the “growth” stage last longer, whereby it takes strands longer to fall out.  For many women, this means thicker hair; sometimes it even gets shinier and changes texture.

2.    No Period! (Or a really light one)

Many women stop having periods all together during the nine months of pregnancy. Even if you’re one of the unlucky few who still have a monthly, your cramps are likely to be less severe and bleeding will be lighter.  Perhaps this is nature’s way of counteracting other pregnancy pains.

3.    Cancer Risk Decreases

A recent discovery, researchers now think that pregnancy reduces your risk for breast and ovarian cancers.  Likewise, the younger you start and the more babies you have, the lower your risk.

4.    Heart Benefits

Other recent studies have linked pregnancy with hearth health.  Older women who have gone through menopause and have had four or more children were up to 50% less likely to die from a stroke.  These statistics are pretty impressive, considering hearth disease is the number one killer of women.

5.    Heightened Senses

Though this “benefit” doesn’t seem like one during the morning sickness phase of the first trimester, a keener sense of taste and smell can be enjoyable later in pregnancy, helping you to savor the tastes of your favorite foods.

6.    Overall Healthier Lifestyle

Many women do light exercise and incorporate healthier foods into their diet during pregnancy for the health of their fetus.  This, in turn, makes the mother healthier as well.  Plus, once you get used to eating healthier and exercising, it becomes easier to maintain, and you’re more likely to continue with it, even after your baby is born.

So when you are up all hours of the night or can’t stop throwing up thanks to that Mexican food you ate earlier, remember to thank your lucky stars for your baby and the health benefits she came with!

 

About the author:
Dana Vicktor is the senior researcher and writer for duedatecalculator.org. Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in communications and sociology. Her current focus for the site involves cord blood banking and a healthy pregnancy diet.

 

 

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