Body changes during pregnancy

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains the normal, physical body changes that women experience during pregnancy, as well as the typical aches and pains
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Body changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body changes dramatically. Your abdomen will increase as they baby grows, and your breasts will also increase with the hormonal changes. There are, however, many other changes that you can expect. Your hair will grow, but not just on your head, on all different parts of your body. You may have beautiful, lustrous hair on your head, but then you may also start noticing the stray, annoying hairs on other parts of the body that you didn't normally have. While some patients experience the glow of pregnancy, others struggle with acne, a darkening of the nipple area, and their nipples becoming larger. In addition, you may notice a line going up and down your abdomen called the linea nigra, which is from the hormone changes. Some patients may experience larger feet, swelling in their feet from the pregnancy changes. Body aches and pains are so common, especially in the pelvic area. Stretch marks happen as the baby grows, and this depends on genetic predispositions as well as the rapid weight gain that you experience. Finally, there are other changes; heartburn, gas, constipation, hemorrhoids, lots of other not so fun stuff. Hang in there.

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains the normal, physical body changes that women experience during pregnancy, as well as the typical aches and pains


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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.


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