After getting over the happy surprise from your pregnancy test kit, I’m sure you’re still doing little joyful gushes when no one’s looking. Pregnancy is truly an exciting time, and many first-time moms-to-be wonder what to expect from their first trimester. In this post I’ll summarize your pregnancy first trimester symptoms.
Of course, you may know the usual symptoms many women talk about—night-time ice cream cravings, terrible nausea, and sudden waves of dizziness. Remember, each pregnancy is unique and symptoms differ from woman to woman! Now that you have a tiny little life growing in your belly, the next thing you’ll have to do is brace yourself for the next few weeks ahead. Here are some of the most common pregnancy first trimester symptoms to expect.
Your Pregnancy First Trimester Symptoms:
Morning Pregnancy Sickness, well, more like all-day Sickness…
Aside from being the most common symptom, morning sickness also probably receives the most amount of bad press. Nausea and vomiting can be quite awful, especially if they recur throughout the day. Whoever gave morning sickness its name was totally mistaken! It’s not all bad though. Experts may have reason to believe that women who experience more intense morning sickness have a lesser chance of miscarriage or premature delivery. You can try Over-The-Counter medications for morning sickness.
Craving certain Foods, while Hating just the looks of some!
Food cravings are quite unpredictable but are common among pregnant women. It’s alright to indulge in some treats, just make sure they’re not totally bad for you or your growing baby. Try to eat treats in moderation, especially if they border on empty calories, junk food or unhealthy stuff. Oh, and you’ll have to clearly tell your partner that he has to always be ready to go out and get you what you want, even if it’s 2 am. Or else.
Some women experience being repelled by certain foods as well. Just the smell or sight of a particular food can trigger nausea and even vomiting. If you’re repelled by healthy foods that are a must in your diet, like milk or veggies, try to find creative ways to sneak them in. Cooking with these ingredients can make them more palatable. You can also substitute them with other sources that contain the same nutrients they give, like eating beans if meat makes you gag.
Toilet Encounters with Constipation
Because of the high levels of progesterone needed to sustain pregnancy, you’ll also have to bear with its other effects on the body. Constipation is one of these. It slows down the movement of food throughout your digestive system, making your bowels sluggish. Plus, the extra iron from your prenatal vitamin adds to this difficulty. Read more about it my previous post about pregnancy constipation for tips on how to deal with this. Also, you can use Over-The-Counter medication.
Bleeding and Discharge
There’s no need to panic if you see small amounts of blood or discharge in your undies. A light bleed may be a sign that the embryo has implanted itself in your uterus. This means it’s settling down to stay and get nourishment. It’s also normal to see a thin, milky-white discharge in the early weeks. However, if you experience severe bleeding and cramping, it’s best to call your doctor. This could be a sign of miscarriage or a condition called ectopic pregnancy. If your discharge is greenish, yellowish or smells bad, tell your doctor as well.
Achy and Swollen Boobs
Much like during your period, you’ll also expect to feel breast tenderness. Some women even go up a bra size or two. This symptom happens because your body is preparing for milk production to feed your baby. Try wearing a good support bra or getting one that’s a size or two bigger. It’s a good investment, as you’ll be needing it for a number of months even after your pregnancy.
Feeling Excessively tired and Fatigued
Expect to feel more tired than usual, as your body is working overtime to support the two of you. Make sure you take periods of rest throughout the day. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many tasks. It’s also a good idea to get a prenatal supplement, preferably one with enough iron. This will ensure that you’re getting enough iron to prevent anemia and fatigue.
Stomach Pains and Nasty Heartburn
Progesterone again plays a starring role here. Because it causes your digestive muscles to relax, it also causes the ring between your stomach and esophagus to loosen. This sometimes leads to the back flow of food and gastric contents from the stomach to your esophagus, giving you that nasty, painful sensation called heartburn. To keep heartburn at bay, eat mini-meals frequently instead of larger meals. Avoid acidic, spicy and greasy foods, and don’t lie down immediately after eating. You can also take some medications to reduce the pain.
Feeling Down in the Dumps and Irritable for no reason
Again, blame the hormones! Mood swings are very common during the first trimester and may last throughout the pregnancy. Expect to feel cranky, weepy, and then suddenly happy, sometimes even within minutes of each other! These emotions can easily be triggered by anything, from a word or two to a situation or memory. Sometimes, there’s even no trigger at all! Try to stay calm and relaxed when you feel overwhelmed. It’s also great to run to your partner, a friend or family member to vent out what you’re feeling. Trust me, it’ll make you feel better somehow.
Some of these pregnancy first trimester symptoms may be quite bothersome but remember that they’re mostly signs of a healthy pregnancy. There are things you can try to relieve many of them. If natural remedies don’t work, there are safe medications available as well. Pregnancy symptoms can help you decide which medication or natural remedies can help.
Every woman’s experience is different. You may experience none of these pregnancy first trimester symptoms or totally say yes to everything on this list. So sit back, relax, and welcome the changes that come with welcoming a new life into this world!