Hormones! They do strange things to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but the usually most significant is the change in temperature. Growing up, I suffered from always being cold. If the air conditioner was on, you could be sure I was wearing a sweater. I lived in sweatshirts and jeans. Even in the summer, I slept with a thick comforter and long pants.
During my pregnancy, all this changed. It probably didn’t help that my last trimester coincided with an entire summer. I got HOT! I would wake up with hot flashes and it would last all day. That summer I got very comfortable sleeping in a tank top and shorts with just a sheet, if that much, over me. In the winter, when the temperature was in the 50s (F), what used to feel like an icebox, now felt wonderfully cooling. Gone were the big thick sweaters. If I couldn’t unbutton it, I wouldn’t wear it.
I read that many of the changes our bodies go through revert back once our hormones right themselves after delivery. The hot flashes didn’t stop, although I don’t get them as often anymore. I’ve adjusted somewhat to cooler temperatures. I still can’t wear big pullover sweaters.
Seeing these fuzzy purple socks (which my daughter has taken to wearing now) reminds me of those days long ago when I would always be cold.
Have you had any lasting changes as a result of pregnancy? If so, I want to hear about them.