Not all women experience the same symptoms. The intensity of the changes will also differ from woman to woman. Knowing about these changes will help you cope with them better.
Changes In Your Body During Pregnancy
Nausea and Morning Sickness
The highlight of the first trimester is nausea and vomiting called as morning sickness. The surge in hormones during the first few months relaxes the lining of the stomach and leads to uncontrolled nausea and vomiting.
This is a very common occurrence, which subsides on its own after the first trimester. It can be relieved by taking medication, eating well and eating frequently to prevent stomach overload.
The size, shape and texture of your breast changes during pregnancy. They become bigger and tenderer. This is because your body is preparing itself for breastfeeding once the baby is born. Breast tenderness is maximum in the first and last trimesters.
This is one of the most obvious changes. It is also considered a good sign that your baby is growing well. A normal weight gain of 12-15 kgs is ok. Sudden weight gain could set the precedence for gestational diabetes. Eat healthy to ensure that weight gain is normal and within the healthy range.
Stretch Marks and Skin Changes
The texture of your skin takes a severe beating during pregnancy. Skin tends to become dry, itchy and flaky. If you do not keep your skin well moisturized, your body will develop stretch marks. Hyper pigmentation also known as pregnancy melasma is also very common especially in the third trimester. The skin comes back to normal after birth and delivery.
Once the baby starts growing rapidly, abdominal cramps, backache and leg pain are very common. This is because of the pressure the foetus exerts on your body. The best way to keep pain at bay is to exercise regularly and eat healthily.
You will now be hitting the bathroom with greater frequency than before. Urinary incontinence, urinary infections are also very common during pregnancy.
Fatigue and Insomnia
Fatigue will be your constant companion now that you are expecting. It will be maximum during the last few months when the baby becomes heavier. Sleep problems are also common during pregnancy. You will be battling insomnia throughout your pregnancy. Some women also report a pattern of sleeping excessively.
Heartburn and indigestion
One of the most common changes and complaints among pregnant women is heartburn and indigestion. The indigestion can also lead to severe constipation and hemorrhoids, which may make the pregnancy very uncomfortable.
Heartburn and indigestion can also lead to severe burning and acidity. Loss of appetite and weight loss may follow this. The process of digestion improves after the first trimester when the hormones do not fluctuate as much as the first few months. Some women also experience dizziness though this is not as common as the above changes.
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