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Pregnancy and Relationships

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When a woman becomes pregnant there are many physical and emotional changes that she goes through. The physical changes are due to the body growing to accommodate the developing fetus inside of the woman. Respectively, many of the emotional changes that women experience is directly related to the physical changes of the body.

Some of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy include: a growing belly, a change in skin, breast tenderness, and an expanding pelvis, to name a few. An increase in melanin production causes a change in the skin of pregnant woman. It can cause the nipples to darken and brown spots to appear. This can be of concern to women as with other aspects of pregnancy, they feel as if they no longer have control over their own bodies.

We have all heard the term "raging hormones" to describe a pregnant woman. As awful and insensitive as the term may sound, there may be some truth to it. During pregnancy a woman has an increase in progesterone, which causes sinus congestion, post nasal drip, bleeding gums, hyperventilation, heartburn, indigestion, and constipation. Human Chronic Gonadotropin (HCG) is produced by the embryo in pregnant woman and maintains progesterone production. The release of HCG causes breast tenderness, digestive problems, nausea, and vomiting.

A woman has very little control over the physical changes of the body and the resulting physiological changes that are associated with pregnancy. The physical changes such as weight gain and appearance of the skin can lead to depression in the pregnant woman. Depression can negatively impact relationships as it causes the woman to withdrawal because of feelings of inadequacy or hopelessness. During pregnancy a woman may also become angry because of the inability to control the bodily changes. Nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, and even back pain that outside of pregnancy, would be controlled with a variety of medications. Because of the developing fetus, pregnant women are limited to the medication they can use to alleviate these discomforting symptoms.

The pregnant woman can only relate to other pregnant women. The feelings of inadequacy, lack of control, and anger may cause a woman to be confused by her emotions. How is it that she can be growing a beautiful thing on the inside, but have negative feelings. Pregnant woman will withdraw from their spouse or partner for fear of rejection because of her changing body and her ill-willed thoughts.

In order to maintain healthy relationships during pregnancy, women must be able to express their feelings without being judged. It is best that all individuals involved with the pregnancy are educated of the effects it can have on the body and mind.

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