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Hormones in pregnancy

Hormones in pregnancy can trigger a lot of things in the body such as vomiting, mood swings, pimples, frequent urination,  backaches, fatigue, etc. Pregnancy hormones can also give you that healthy glow, stimulate your baby’s development, and trigger your body’s responses to physical activity.

Many hormone levels are affected in the body during pregnancy. Some of these hormones play major roles during pregnancy. These are:

  • Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG). This hormone is only made during pregnancy. It helps thicken a woman’s uterine walls to support a growing embryo and signals the body to stop menstruation. However, this may cause vomiting and nausea.
  • Human placental lactogen (hPL). This hormone is also known as human chorionic somatomammotropin. It is made by the placenta. It gives nutrition to the fetus. It also stimulates milk glands in the breasts for breastfeeding. It is a good way to monitor the placenta and ensure the fetus is developing on schedule. It can also help to ascertain potential complications early on in your pregnancy.
  • Estrogen. This group of hormones in pregnancy helps develop female sexual traits. potential symptoms include: bloating, swelling and tenderness in your breasts, mood swings, etc.
  • Progesterone. This hormone is made by the ovaries and by the placenta during pregnancy. It stimulates the thickening of the uterine lining for the implantation of a fertilized egg. Symptoms include anxiety and agitation, weight gain, etc.

Morning sickness is natural due to hormones in pregnancy and goes away after the first trimester. If your symptoms become severe. Consult your doctor.

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