10 hidden superpowers of pregnant women

Now that you’re growing a human being, get set to conquer the world with your newfound abilities!  

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It’s every woman’s dream to experience a perfect pregnancy that’s free of worry and discomfort. If you’re newly pregnant, get set to expect nine months of non-stop changes — from your brain functions and appearance, right down to your mood.

But before you launch into full panic mode, do remember that every woman’s pregnancy journey will be different. Thankfully, the majority of these changes will be for the better. Here are some of new “abilities” you can expect to acquire…

1) Sharper sense of smell

Your sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy , which means that you’ll be able to sniff out even the faintest odours, even if you’re standing a few metres from the source. The downside? Your favourite perfume may make you feel sick and you might want to hold your breath when you walk past the wet market. What’s worse is that, your overactive nose may worsen your morning sickness.

2) Insatiable appetite

As you close in on your second trimester, you’ll start to feel your morning sickness fade and cravings ramp up. It’s right around this time that you also start to also feel ravenous. After all, your body needs every calorie it can get to feed your ever-growing baby. As long as you stick to consuming nutritious foods in sensible portions, you won’t need to worry about obesity-related pregnancy risks.

As long as you stick to consuming nutritious foods in sensible portions, you won’t need to worry about obesity-related pregnancy risks.

3) Super-charged taste buds

Thanks to increased levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body, you have an elevated sense of taste. However, this special ability may be a double-edged sword, especially if it causes dysgeusia. So, you’ll experience a metallic aftertaste in your mouth or certain flavours like bitterness becomes more apparent.

4) Glowing good looks

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — your skin will look positively radiant, your tresses are thicker and glossier, along with stronger and shinier nails. These changes are the result of surging levels of oestrogen in your body during your second trimester. The increased levels of progesterone will also cause your boobs to be a lot fuller than before. They may even feel sore and tender, too. Be prepared to change your bra several times during pregnancy as your breasts may go up as much as a cup or two! Also, your boobs will continue to grow even after you have given birth (yay!), thanks to your body producing breastmilk.