Pregnant for the First Time? Here’s What to Expect in the First Trimester
August 11, 2021Congratulations on becoming a soon-to-be new mom! Being pregnant is an exciting experience, but it can also be accompanied by the unknown. Throughout the weird symptoms and fluctuating emotions, remember this: It is perfectly okay to feel freaked out and conflicted. Here are some changes you may likely face in the first 12 weeks after fertilization.
Obviously! You’re developing little one will start demanding more and more room as the weeks progress, taking over your midsection. You’ll start to see that shiny new baby bump and probably a bit of weight gain.
Tender, Swollen Breasts
One of the first indications you might be pregnant is tender breasts. Hormonal changes can make your breasts sensitive and sore. Once your body adjusts to the changes, the tenderness will likely subside after a few weeks.
Unexpected Mood Changes
There probably isn’t an emotion you won’t experience at some point during your pregnancy. In the first trimester, moms-to-be might feel happy, anxious, tired, sad, and impatient – all within an hour or five minutes of each other. Producing a tiny human adds emotional stress to your life, so just be prepared for some bumps in the road.
Fifty to 90% of women have specific food cravings during pregnancy.1 Blame it on the rapid-fire hormones or maybe just the comfort these specific tastes bring. Some common cravings include ice cream and candy, cheese, starchy carbs, and fast food. But don’t be alarmed if your cravings lean to the strange. Boiled eggs and horseradish, anyone?
Hormones are the culprit once again, triggering waves of sea sickness-like nausea, which is typically worse in the mornings but can happen any time of the day or night. Morning sickness often occurs from an aversion to certain smells and foods or after eating. With or without vomiting, morning sickness won’t cause any harm to your baby.2
You may find yourself visiting the little girl’s room more often during your first trimester. That’s because your body increases its amount of blood flow when you are pregnant, which then causes your kidneys to process extra fluids that end up in your bladder. At the same time, your growing uterus begins to push against your bladder. Sticking with water, milk, or 100% juice instead of caffeinated beverages can help decrease your need to go.
That “pregnancy glow” is a real thing, and it just might be the one bodily change you look forward to! The increased hormone levels cause your glands to produce more oil, making your face shiny. And the increased blood circulation gives you that rosy look.
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