How to adapt to your changing body

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There are some changes that come with pregnancy that couldn’t be more thrilling. Your first symptoms that lead to that positive pregnancy test? Hooray! The days when you start showing and can finally rock your bump in your cute new maternity clothes? Can’t wait! And being able to feel your little one kick and roll around? It’s incredible.

Your changing body is a miracle, and there’s so much to be excited about. There are, however, some changes that many women could do without. Luckily, there are ways to adapt to make these less-than-amazing body changes a little more manageable.

Morning sickness

The nausea or vomiting that you might experience during pregnancy is called morning sickness, but it can strike at any time of the day. And though it’s most often reported in the first trimester, it can last throughout pregnancy. Basically, you never know what you’re going to get from morning sickness, which is why it helps to have a couple different management strategies. Some women find success with ginger, mints, acupressure, vitamin B6, drinking lots of water, or avoiding an empty stomach.

Stretch marks

Your uterus is expanding during pregnancy, which means the skin on your abdomen is expanding to accommodate it. As the skin stretches, little tears can form in the dermis (a deeper layer of skin), which appear on the surface of your skin as stretch marks. These are perfectly normal when your body is growing, and many women develop stretch marks during pregnancy.

To help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you can try to drink more water, stay active, gain weight gradually, and use stretch mark lotion to moisturize and increase skin elasticity. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula is the #1 stretch mark brand in the US*, and moms have trusted it for more than 40 years to keep their skin moisturized and help improve the appearance of stretch marks. It contains vitamin E, shea butter, argan oil, collagen, and elastin to help improve the elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin.

Appetite changes

It’s normal to have different or weird cravings during pregnancy, and it’s just as natural to suddenly hate the smell or taste of things you used to love. When you’re dealing with cravings, the answer is simple: eat a little bit of what you want! The key is moderation; you’re craving the taste of a pickle, not an entire jar. So if you’re craving something weird, feel free to indulge in moderation.

If the problem is that you’re having a hard time finding something you can eat or keep down, the solution is a little more complicated. Bland foods are often the easiest to stomach because there isn’t a strong smell or flavor to react to. You can also try eating smaller meals, making sure to drink a lot of water. If you have no appetite, sometimes chewing gum or eating a small snack like popcorn or berries can warm you up to eating something bigger.

These changes in your body can be a little frustrating, but they’re also a little bit amazing. Your body is making adjustments in order to help your little one grow and develop, so all you have to do is make adjustments to deal with the adjustments, right?

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