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Becoming pregnant for the first time can be an incredibly exciting experience, but it is also an overwhelming and nerve-wracking time. People have been having babies since human beings existed but that doesn’t mean that being pregnant will be easy and simple for everyone.
There is only so much you can control over your pregnancy. Your baby is growing inside you and you can keep yourself as healthy as possible and do your best but you ultimately have to allow your body to do its thing and grow your little human being.
Of course, there are things you need to do to help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. There are also a lot of things that you need to know about having your first baby. Growing someone inside your body will be a life-changing experience. So read on for everything you need to know about being pregnant.
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Physical Changes To Expect During Your Pregnancy
Some of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy are obvious and well-known, such as your stomach becoming larger, your ankles swelling, and needing to urinate more often. But there are a few more things to expect. It’s important to research what will happen so that you know what to expect but also because you need to know what not to worry about and what is normal.
On average, pregnant people spend more than 1,400 hours researching how to care for their babies. It’s natural to feel nervous about caring for yourself and your baby but it’s also important not to worry too much and to enjoy the experience as well. While it is important to speak with your medical provider whenever you are concerned, here are some of the normal physical changes to expect during your pregnancy.
Feeling Nauseous And Potentially Vomiting
This is one of the most well-known symptoms of pregnancy. It is always the way a woman in a movie or TV show discovers they are pregnant as they begin to experience morning sickness. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting are not actually restricted to the mornings. Some people, experience a constant feeling of nausea throughout the first trimester of pregnancy but don’t actually ever vomit. For others, they vomit a few times in the first few weeks, and then the feeling fades.
When you become pregnant, your body is flooded with hormones which causes the feeling of nausea. This is understandable as suddenly having another living being in your body can be very disruptive. Nausea is to be expected and will usually go away after the first trimester. There are ways to relieve nausea, the most popular of which is drinking ginger tea.
Tender and swollen breasts is something that you are very likely already used to from having periods. This is a common side effect of increased blood flow. When you’re pregnant, your breasts are preparing to produce milk and feed your baby.
Your breasts are often a forgotten part of your body until after you give birth and attempt breastfeeding, but they are something that you need to focus on and care for throughout your pregnancy.
Along with swelling, your breasts will also become heavy and tender. This is also due to fluid retention and increased blood flow. By the end of their pregnancy, most pregnant people will have gained 2lbs in weight in their breasts alone.
There are a few things you can do to help relieve pain and tenderness. The best is to wear a more supportive bra and loose-fitting clothing. A cold compress can also help with the swelling or completely alternatively a hot shower can also help. This depends on how your body responds to temperature.
An Increased Need To Urinate
This is another well-known symptom of pregnancy. It is usually associated with the later months due to the baby getting larger and pressing down on the bladder. It is during the first trimester that the baby’s body begins to develop and in the later months they simply begin to grow bigger and more developed.
Unfortunately, needing to urinate more often is actually another early sign of pregnancy. The main difference between the early and later months of pregnancy is that you will simply need to urinate even more frequently. You will also likely find yourself needing to go to the bathroom during the night as well.
The increased need to urinate is actually due to increased blood flow caused by the hormone hCG. This causes increased pressure on your lower stomach which gives you the urge to urinate more often. hCG also increases the blood flow to your kidneys which begin to work more efficiently to remove toxins. So, whenever you feel the need to urinate thirty seconds after you just went, remember that your body is doing it to look after you and keep your baby healthy (this should lessen the irritation a little).