Pregnancy brings about a whole lot of changes in a woman’s life! It’s not just the physique that transforms over nine months, but the hormonal changes compellingly awaken the senses! If you’re a new mom-to-be, you are aware that your senses are heightened. Right from the sense of taste to smell and beyond. Your body is sensitive, right down to touch. Here’s everything you need to know about the sensory changes during your pregnancy and how you can use your new superpowers to your advantage!
Sense Of Taste
Are you having strange food cravings, or are you unable to consume food you once loved?
This is the most common occurrence during pregnancy. Your food preference changes, and the eatables you once liked may taste bitter or tasteless to you. This also plays a huge role in why sipping a glass of wine or indulging in a cheese palette can make you feel nauseated during your pregnancy. So you feel the need to switch to consuming food that doesn’t contain many spices or may harm the baby in any way.
But no worries! Instead of moping over the food and beverages, you can’t have, since your sense of taste is heightened, you can explore a whole new range of food combinations. Try out unique fusion cuisines or request your friends and family to create new dishes that leave you craving for more (1).
Sense Of Smell
Ever heard people say, pregnant women are so hormonal? Well, that’s no rocket science. So there’s no reason to see it in a negative light! Pregnancy hormones are natural, and you need to hone your new powers. Your sense of smell will also be boosted considering all the bodily changes.
The fragrance you liked very much may turn into a mood spoiler, and a few smells that are out of the ordinary may make you feel extremely overwhelmed and nauseated! But don’t let these minor changes get to you. You can always turn to aroma candles for a therapeutic effect and enjoy your course of pregnancy with a breathtaking range of light scents that pump up your mood.
Sense Of Touch
Moms-to-be have a lot going on, and this can often be a stressor for most women. With the sense of touch being heightened during pregnancy, it’s about time you focus on de-stressing and feeling more relaxed. So check with your healthcare provider and visit a chiropractor to relieve yourself of lower back pain, neck pain, or any spine-related conditions.
Receiving massages frequently during pregnancy will help reduce your stress levels and improve your muscle core, further pushing you to stay healthy and help your baby be safe (2).
Sense Of Sight
Now this one isn’t very evident, but it is said that the hormonal changes during pregnancy tend to influence your eyesight. But not to forget, the increase in estrogen level and hormonal changes may make you experience dry eye condition. This isn’t a worrisome condition per se but may lead to you having blurry vision or increase your sensitivity to bright light (3).
Make a mental note that if you have excessive issues with your vision, it can be symptoms of other ailments, so consult your healthcare provider to take better care of yourself.
Sense Of Hearing
There’s no way your ears can grow any bigger during pregnancy. But if they did, let’s say you will look like a pregnant Minni Mouse. Your sense of hearing might get stronger after pregnancy. Now, this could just be because you have an infant who needs to be cared for, and as a mother, your maternal instincts kick in. So while you may not care for your favorite music or podcast at the time, you are surely going to stay alert and wait to hear your baby call for you!
It’s only natural to worry about your pregnancy and the adjustments you need to make in the process. But finding a better balance for your physical and mental health will make your pregnancy go smoothly. And your heightened senses are going to help you accomplish just that. So see your pregnancy for what it really is: some alone time with your baby to explore new things and look forward to new challenges that await you!