Physiological Changes During Pregnancy
- During pregnancy, the body produces hormones and undergoes several changes to allow for the birth and growth of the baby.
- The breasts engorge to help provide milk, the uterus wall, and abdomen stretch to accommodate the growing fetus, fat gets deposited around the hips and buttocks to act as the shock absorber for baby’s head.
- The body works to return to its normal self after these changes are no longer required- skin starts shrinking but the degree varies and may not always be able to return to its original self.
- In spite of regular diet and exercise, many women find it extremely difficult to lose the extra fat they have accumulated. The skin especially around tummy has now become loose and gives an overhang with loose abdominal muscles. Breasts usually sag and lose volume even after you return to your pre-baby weight.