Pregnancy is more than just a growing belly. The experience is a combined factor that prepares a woman to be a parent. Senses have been more important because it is significantly heightened to make the mom-to-be ready with her powerful tool: Mom’s instinct. Let’s discuss the different senses and how it changes during pregnancy.
Early stages of pregnancy first boost a mother’s sense of smell. As early as four to seven weeks of pregnancy, women already report of having sensitive noses. It seems great to have a fine sense of smell, but it turns to be the other way around. Smelling different things is overwhelming and overpowering that women find it hard to tolerate. Nausea is common while some pregnant women would end up vomiting after encountering a certain smell.
Next to smell, taste is also among the first senses that sharpen. Women find it hard to tolerate some food that they love before while starting to like something that they hated before conceiving. It is another common thing during pregnancy. Some people theorize that this extraordinary sense of taste is designed for mothers to stick with food that is safe for the baby.
Pregnant women are very sensitive to touch due to their increased blood flow. Pregnancy massages feel good, but you have to communicate well with the masseur to achieve the desired pressure. Sex drive also changes because your nipples and genitals become sensitive to touch. It may be stimulating for some, but others feel irritated with the sensation.
Changes with eyesight are not usual for most pregnant women. Though there were reports of women that become nearsighted during pregnancy because of the changes in their eyeball shape. Others say that they have irritating and sensitive eyes. Always consult with an eye doctor to verify that nothing is wrong because eye problem can be a symptom of an underlying issue.
It is important for mothers to have a unique sense of hearing to be sensitive to their baby’s cry. This is the only way babies can communicate so mothers should be available once they call out. On a fascinating note, mothers would know if it is the sound of their baby crying or not.