Congratulations, you’re pregnant!! Here’s news: not only will you not have your periods for the next few months, you will also experience some unprecedented changes in your body, as it prepares to make a bonny baby.
- Tender, swollen breasts.Your breasts may become sensitive or sore due to the changing hormonal milieu. The discomfort may decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes, but your breasts will continue to enlarge and swell.
- Nausea with or without vomiting.Morning sickness often begins at or around the four week mark, and may persist until the very end of pregnancy. To help relieve nausea, eat slowly, and have several small meals throughout the day. In case you are unable to cope, talk to your doctor about it.
- Increased urination.You will invariably notice an increase in the frequency of urination, which can be annoying especially in the last stages of pregnancy. Drink enough water, and pay attention to intimate hygiene in order to avoid infections.
- During early pregnancy, high levels of progesterone make you feel tired and sleepy. You may feel dizzy or lightheaded due to hunger, weakness, or stress.
- Food aversions.You may suddenly develop aversions to certain foods, smells or tastes. You may also have certain food cravings, and its okay to indulge in them in moderation.
- Pregnancy hormones are also responsible for causing heartburn and acid reflux. You must eat small, frequent meals and avoid fried and spicy foods to aoid heartburn and acidity. Again, if you are unable to cope, talk to your doctor about it.
- Hormonal changes, as well as iron supplements can add to the problem of constipation and bloating.
- Skin changes.This is the best part of being pregnant: Your skin looks more rosy and shiny, it’s called the “pregnancy glow.”
- Growing belly.Your waistline will begin to expand, and you’ll start noticing the first signs of a baby bump, as your baby grows. You may not notice this change until the second trimester, and don’t worry if you gain no or little weight in your first trimester.
- Emotional symptoms.Your hormonal changes will make you grumpy, sad, anxious, forgetful, or unable to focus at some times, and elated and joyful at others. Fatigue and stress add to the mood swings.
All of these changes, physical and emotional are normal, and preparing your body to make, and receive your bundle of joy. Take care of yourself, pamper yourself, and enjoy this time!