Remember the time you were confused and eager to know if all the symptoms and signs you were going through meant a positive pregnancy? Well, now the changes are only going to get stronger, but hey, so are you!
While you have already experienced some of the early symptoms of pregnancy, there are chances you are to experience a list of new ones. But, don’t freak out! Because the good news is that in the majority of the cases, these symptoms would subside as soon as you near your second trimester, which by the way is not so far away!
Symptoms you are likely to deal with in this stage of the first trimester
You can now experience some of these symptoms of pregnancy that include:
These can be quite tricky and painful. Episodes of headaches may be related to changing hormone levels and for some women, it may last throughout the pregnancy.
Increased fatigue and changing hormones can put you on an emotional roller coaster ride, which makes you feel like you are bumping into a new mood at any given time, from joyful to cranky, feeling miserable to terrified. These mood swings are quite common during the first trimester of pregnancy and they can bug the people around you more than they bug you.
Only during pregnancy, your weight gain is considered as a good thing. During the first trimester, you should be gaining about 3 to 6 pounds. Although you are carrying an extra human being inside you, do not go by the adage of “eating for two.” You only need about an extra 150 calories a day during your first trimester.
Get them in a healthy way by having fruits, vegetables, milk, whole grains, and cereals.
Implantation bleeding or cramping
Spotting or mild bleeding may occur when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining, that is somewhere from 6 to 12 days after fertilization. Mild cramping can also occur at this time. Implantation bleeding may sometimes be mistaken for a regular menstrual period, but it is usually with the much lighter flow than the regular period.
Aversions or cravings for food
Food aversions may occur during early pregnancy. The very sight of food may make you feel nausea or vomiting, while some women may have cravings for food. Each woman is unique and so is her experience.
At this stage of the first trimester, the muscle contractions that normally move food through your intestines slow down due to higher levels of the hormone progesterone resulting in constipation.
Fainting or dizziness
While you have already completed your second month of pregnancy, it is still considered your early pregnancy phase; and in early pregnancy, you may feel dizzy or fainting alarms due to hormonal changes, which affect your glucose levels or blood pressure levels.
During early pregnancy, you may notice a thick, milky discharge from the vagina. This occurs in the first weeks of pregnancy as the walls of the vagina thicken. If there is an unpleasant odor associated with the discharge or if there is a burning or itching sensation you feel, then it is a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. You should contact your gynaecologist to treat the issue.
Increased or frequent urination
Your baby is still pretty small but your uterus is growing and it is putting pressure on your bladder. As a result, you may feel the need to visit the washroom often. This is quite normal.
Grandma’s Tip: Due to India’s hot climate, we all sit in an air-conditioned room most of the time! This often makes us less-thirsty and we end up drinking little to no water when we should be drinking plenty! So, put this as a reminder on your smartphone if necessary that you need to drink fluids. Bhoolna mat!
Also, just because of frequent urination, do not ever stop drinking fluids as your body needs them in sufficient amount.
If another symptom, like a burning on urination, is felt, it is advisable to seek your doctor’s advice to rule out the possibility of a urinary tract infection.
Shortness of breath
Your body may require an extra amount of oxygen to support the growing fetus in your womb. This may leave you feeling short of breath. You should take deep breaths to take in more oxygen.
Lower back pain
Though this is often considered more a symptom of the second or third trimester, lower back pain can actually begin in the early stages of pregnancy. Some degree of back pain can be experienced by some women throughout pregnancy.
Changes in your breast
You will experience changes in your breasts as early as the first weeks of pregnancy, which could have already shown up or are yet to. These changes can be felt as tenderness, soreness, heaviness, fullness, or a tingling sensation. This discomfort decreases after several weeks from now.
Your body is working hard to support a growing fetus, which can wear you out more easily than usual. So, you may feel exhausted from the earliest weeks of pregnancy. Take naps or rest when you need to. Also, make sure you are getting enough iron as too little iron content in the body can lead to anemia and this may cause excess fatigue. Eating a balanced diet may boost up your energy levels.
Often called as “morning sickness,” this is actually a misnomer because the nausea of pregnancy may occur at any time of day. Sometimes you may not experience this symptom at all. Most women experience it between the 2nd and the 8th weeks of pregnancy and get a relief from the symptoms around the 13th or 14th week. For some others, it may persist throughout the pregnancy. To calm your nausea, try eating small, bland or high protein snacks.
Sip water, clear fruit juice of ginger ale before getting out of bed.
Sensitivity to certain smells
Some smell like detergents or heating the food may bring nausea or even vomiting to you in the early weeks of pregnancy.
The areola, which is the area around your nipple, may darken in color at this stage.
While these symptoms can indeed make you feel upset or in some cases, make you freak out, the silver lining to this grey cloud is, it’s only a matter of time till it will all fade away! So, our beautiful Desi girl, cut yourself some slack and relax as much as you can! Your baby loves you and so do we!