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Awakening the Senses: Pregnancy Body Changes

    Being pregnant causes physical changes to your body which become increasingly obvious as the pregnancy proceeds.  Your natural curves will become more defined as you develop a bump on your front, the size of which is often directly related to the size of your baby.

    But, this is not the only changes your body will be going through. There are an array of changes that happen to your sense at the same time.

    It’s a good idea to be aware of what these are. This will help you to notice any issues and talk these over with a reputable Sydney gynaecologist. That will help to give you peace of mind, lowering stress levels and making a better environment for you and your unborn baby.


    One of the first things that many pregnant women notice is that they suddenly can’t stand the taste of their favorite foods. This is a common symptom in the first stages of pregnancy when many of your favorite foods become bitter-tasting or even have a metallic tang.

    Researchers have suggested that this is a natural response to protect your unborn child. Because many foods taste metallic you’ll avoid them, effectively ensuring you stick to a relatively bland choice of foods. This is generally better for the baby than wine, blue cheese, and your other usual favorites.

    As the pregnancy progresses your taste buds will change again. Many women report a desire for sour and bitter foods during the second and third trimesters. This is actually an encouragement to start eating more different foods again allowing you to enjoy your food again while looking after your baby’s interests.


    Alongside the changes in taste, you’ll discover that your sense of smell has improved dramatically. Unfortunately, this means that some of your favorite aromas can seem overpowering.

    It’s not known why this happens but if you find too many smells overpowering you can carry a slice of ginger or a piece of lemon and sniff this instead, it will calm the feeling.


    Your skin will become more sensitive as the pregnancy proceeds. This could simply be because it is being stretched. However, it could also be o ensure you look after yourself during the discomfort of pregnancy. 

    Because you’ll be more aware of touch you’ll be more appreciative of massages and other rubs that help to ease your pregnancy discomfort. This can make it much easier to deal with the rigors of pregnancy and maintain your health.

    This has a knock-on effect of looking after your baby’s health as well.

    It’s important to note that you may find a pressure that would normally be acceptable feeling more like pain. If this is the case be sure to let the masseur know to ensure you get the right balance. 

    Skin sensitivity is a result of increased blood flow and this can also stimulate your sensitivity to sexual contact, which may be why many women feel hornier during the second trimester of pregnancy.


    You may be surprised to learn that your eyeballs actually change shape during pregnancy. This can increase your near-sightedness and can even make it difficult to put contact lenses in if you wear them.

    You may also experience dry eyes and should have any issue checked to ensure it is simply pregnancy-related.