Your body this week – WEEK 10

It’s not nearly good news yet. This week may start to see you plagued with constipation. Varicose veins may start making an appearance too.

Pesky pregnancy hormones cause the smooth muscles of the large bowel to fall down on the job — they get sluggish and you get constipated. Fibre, water and exercising regularly can help.

Visible Veins

If you haven’t already examined your newly pregnant body, take a deep breath, take off your clothes and go for it. First thing you’re likely to notice at 10 weeks pregnant is a slight roundness in your lower abdomen — which will probably be more noticeable if you’re slight to begin with (less so if you were round to begin with). That’s your ever-growing uterus you’re checking out — which is now about the size of a small grapefruit.

Second thing you might notice are all those blue lines that have suddenly appeared on your skin, crisscrossing your breasts and abdomen. What you’re seeing is the expanded network of veins that’s carrying the increased blood supply needed to nourish your growing foetus. During pregnancy, the average woman’s blood volume increases by 20 to 40 percent and the veins have to keep up so they can go with the flow. So consider those blue lines on your body to be a pregnancy badge of honour: Wear them with pride and with the comforting knowledge that they’ll disappear for good once your baby’s born and you’re no longer breastfeeding (if you do).

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