Motherhood: 5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Pregnancy

By Mai Peralta, Parent Herald March 28, 04:30 am

While motherhood is a good thing on its own, did you know that there are pregnancy health benefits as well?

Pregnancy is a reason to celebrate as a woman is creating a new human being. While most people only think that being pregnant and having a baby will "damage" the woman's body, there are actually health benefits and beauty perks of motherhood. Here are some unexpected health benefits of pregnancy.

1. Reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer

Breast and ovarian cancers are considered to be the most common cause of deaths among women worldwide. According to Kid Spot, pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Ovarian cancer risk is also lowered because a woman doesn't get her period for 9 months and less menstruation means the less likely you are to develop the disease.

2. Lesser painful menstrual cramps

Cramps are reduced or disappear altogether after pregnancy and childbirth. According to Parents, it is not known why pregnancy can stop or lessen menstrual cramps. However, they theorized that it could be caused by the hormone prostaglandin receptors that disappear after giving birth.

3. Better sexual intercourse

Having sexual intercourse during pregnancy can be very good for women. Her Family notes that this is caused by more blood flow to the pelvic area because of the baby. The start of the second trimester will make women more sensitive during intercourse and may experience numerous orgasms due to increased sensitivity.

4. Reduced risk for heart disease

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce a woman's risk for heart disease. Pregnancy Magazine reports that the protection may come from increased estrogen hormone production brought about by the pregnancy. The lesser estrogen you have in your body, the more prone you are for heart disease.

5. Beauty benefits

Apart the usual woes of pregnancy like swollen feet, nausea, vomiting and back pain to name a few, women do enjoy some beauty benefits as well. According to Romper, pregnancy can bring about beauty benefits that include glowing skin, thicker hair, bigger boobs, bigger lips and more curves


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