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Pregnancy symptoms you'll actually love

A pregnant woman holding tea looks out the window and smiles softly

Being pregnant comes with its fair share of symptoms. Some not-so-pleasant ones, such as nausea and fatigue, and some surprising ones, like vivid dreams and wild food cravings. But then there are the other symptoms that many pregnant women actually love. 

So today, let's take time away from discussing pregnancy's discomforts and talk about the perks of being pregnant.

Thicker, fuller hair

Have you been noticing a fuller head of hair lately? Pregnant women's hair can appear thicker and fuller. It's all because of their higher hormone levels, which slow hair loss during pregnancy. 

Nails for days

In addition to great hair, pregnancy hormones could also be improving your nails. Some women find that their nails grow faster while they're pregnant. 

Lit-from-within skin

Yes, pregnancy glow is a real thing. Experts believe that it's due in part to pregnancy hormones, which cause your skin to produce more oil.  And that leads to a greater shine. 

In addition, your body increases blood production by about 50% while you're pregnant. This causes better blood flow and better circulation, which leads to a brighter face. 

No periods

Many women cite their lack of a monthly menstrual cycle as a pregnancy plus. And odds are, you won't have to deal with it for a while even after you have the baby. For moms who don't breastfeed, their period usually returns six to eight weeks after giving birth. Nursing mothers may not have theirs again until they've stopped breastfeeding. 

Whether or not you're experiencing these pregnancy perks, we hope you know that your body is doing amazing things for your baby. Be proud of your body—and your entire self—for giving your baby a safe space to grow.

More pregnancy news

Have you been wondering if it's safe to be intimate with your partner during the later stages of pregnancy? Learn what's safe and what's not with pregnancy sex.  

Sources: American Pregnancy Association; March of Dimes

Reviewed 1/17/2024

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