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After all, this is a men’s magazine, so why are we writing about the P word? Even though we men never have to deal with a 4 inch head coming out of our bodily orifices, we still should know something about a woman’s body during pregnancy. Mostly, this will serve to prepare you for what’s to come, and may also serve to help you be more understanding when the baby arrives.

A woman’s body is already subject to many fluctuations each month, and this is only increased during pregnancy. Here are some of the most common bodily changes that you can expect going into fatherhood:

Morning sickness

This is a common discomfort that is felt by most women during the first trimester of pregnancy. Morning sickness is caused by hormonal changes in the body, and generally leads to vomiting and nausea. This usually subsides during the second trimester.

Body aches

As a woman’s uterus expands and her body readies itself to accommodate a child, body aches are common. This especially occurs around the back, abdomen, groin, and thigh areas and can range from mild to severe.

Breast changes

These are perhaps the most highly-anticipated bodily changes during pregnancy. As a result of the increased hormone level, a woman’s breasts generally become larger and fuller as the due date approaches, and often feel tender.

On a slightly negative side however, it is common for women around the third trimester to begin to leak a fluid called “colostrum” from their breasts, which is a thick, yellowish fluid that is essentially the first milk produced.

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