What are the Body Changes During Pregnancy Week By Week?
The first thing that happens during pregnancy is the growth of the baby inside you. The size of your womb increases and your uterus grows bigger. Your cervix (the opening to your womb) will get wider and longer than it was before. The walls of your uterus will become firm and pliable, which means they won’t tear easily when pushed or pulled.
Your ovaries (womb’s glands) start producing more hormones. These include estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen makes your skin look pinker, your hair grow thicker and darker, and your menstrual cycle gets regular.
Progesterone causes the lining of your uterus to thicken up, making it harder for urine to pass out through the birth canal. It also helps with milk production in both mother and child during pregnancy.
You may experience some cramping during your period or even after you have given birth. Some women also notice changes in their periods, such as spotting less often, heavier bleeding, or irregular periods. If you do not want to worry about these things, then don’t worry about them!
They are normal changes that occur during pregnancy.
If you are worried about any of the above mentioned body changes while pregnant, just take care of yourself and continue to eat well throughout pregnancy and childbirth.
What are the Emotional Changes in Early Pregnancy?
You will probably experience several emotional changes during pregnancy. Some of these are good, and some are bad. The important thing is to stay positive and know that they will end soon after childbirth. There are four major emotions that you will experience during early pregnancy.
Four Major Emotions That You Will Go Through During Pregnancy:
Nervousness is the first emotion that you might feel during pregnancy. Going through a major life changing event like this can make you feel a little unsure about what the future holds. You may be a little worried about the changes that your body is going through, and you may worry if you are doing a good job as a mother to your new baby.
The most important thing is to stay positive and remember that this too shall pass.
Exhaustion is another common emotion that you will go through during pregnancy. As your body changes, you will find yourself feeling very tired all the time. You may even begin to feel tired at moments when you shouldn’t.
It is very important to make sure that you get enough rest during pregnancy. If there is something that you can’t sleep through, just try to relax until your baby gives you a break.
Anxiety is another emotion that many women experience during pregnancy. There are many things going on inside of your body that you have no control over. It can be scary not knowing whether or not everything is going to turn out okay.
It is important that you find someone that you trust and talk to them about how you are feeling. If you don’t know anyone, try talking to your doctor, a mentor, a teacher, or a pastor about how you are feeling. Taking that first step in talking about how you feel can make all the difference in the world.
Anticipation is another emotion that many pregnant women experience. This is a good thing! Anticipation for your new bundle of joy that is on the way can keep you going through all the other emotions that you may be experiencing.
As long as you don’t go overboard, thinking and talking about your new baby can really help you keep your spirits up.
Tips On Coping With Emotional Changes During Pregnancy:
Remember, these changes are normal and will not last forever.
Remember to take it easy and get as much rest as you can.
Seek support if you need someone to talk to. It really helps.
Try your best not to over think things and just try to enjoy the moment.
Remember this too shall pass.
What Bodily Changes Can I Expect During Early Pregnancy?
Your appetite will increase, and you may experience cravings for certain foods whether you liked them before or not!
You may experience nausea and vomiting. If this is the case for you, try your best to eat bland foods like crackers. Stay away from foods that you know you don’t tolerate well and foods that have a strong smell.
Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or fluids.
You may notice a pink or brownish discharge coming from your vaginal area. This is called spotting and it is very common in pregnancy.
You may experience tender or swollen nipples. It is very important to clean your nipples with a mild soap before breastfeeding to prevent infection.
More fluids will be released from your nipples than usual which may cause them to spray or leak. You can wear nursing pads to prevent this if it becomes an issue.
Constipation and Diarrhea are also very common in early pregnancy, try your best to increase the amount of fiber you eat and drink plenty of water. If you have questions about whether or not a certain food causes you to have diarrhea or constipation you can always ask your doctor about it.
Tips For Dealing With Early Pregnancy Symptoms:
If you are experiencing nausea, try eating dry crackers before getting out of bed. Eat foods that are easy to digest. Stay away from rich or spicy foods.
Be sure to keep hydrated even if you don’t feel like drinking fluids.
Try your best to get some sort of exercise every day even if it’s just a short walk. Staying active will help with any nausea and vomiting you may experience as well as help with any constipation or diarrhea you may have.
If you are experiencing tender or swollen nipples, apply a warm washcloth to them for ten minutes before attempting to nurse. You can also pump your milk and bottle feed your baby for a couple of days until the tenderness and swelling goes down.
If you are experiencing a pink or brownish vaginal discharge, do not be alarmed. This is a normal pregnancy symptom. You can wear nursing pads or panty liners to absorb the extra discharge.
If you are experiencing constipation or diarrhea, increase your intake of foods high in fiber and drink plenty of fluids.
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