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Coping with Body changes

Motherhood is one of the most joyous times in any women's life. The excitement you get in the whole journey is a beautiful one. But no matter how well the planning is done for the arrival of your baby, you may not be completely be prepared for the bodily changes that are experienced during the journey of pregnancy. Therefore, gaining knowledge on what to expect will make you prepared for the months ahead. Reading below will make you understand on how your body changes and how you feel during your trimesters.

  • First trimester


    First trimester is the period from 1st week to 12th week of your pregnancy. This period is major for the development of your fetus and you will also experience many emotional and physical changes. During this phase you will experience the following changes
    Feeling exhausted: Fatigue is common because your body works hard for developing the fetus, as you feel exhausted you must make sure that there is sufficient rest during this time.
    Nausea and vomiting: Morning sickness is the most commonly heard complaint from the pregnant women during the first trimester. Moderate levels of nausea can be managed with home remedies, but if the nauseas and vomiting are severe then you would need a medical supervision.
    Increased frequency of urination: you will have to use the rest room very frequently than usual. This starts from a week after the conception, as the hormonal levels are increased and so do the blood supply to the pelvic area, resulting in bladder irritation. Consequently the pressure on the urinary bladder increases due to the increase in the size of the uterus, finally leading to frequent urination.
    Changes in the breast: Changes in the breast size and shape are quiet common during prgnancy. This can begin pretty early in the pregnancy, as a result of increased levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. You may feel your breasts to be tender, heavier, and larger.
  • Second trimester

    Second trimester is the period between 13th to 27th weeks of gestation. This period gives you a pregnant look and feel. You may feel the kicks of your baby in the womb. Your baby grows amazingly and gains weight and length. The baby starts developing its vital organs such as eyes, ears, fingernails, and genitals. Urine formation begins and the baby can now swallow. By the end of the second trimester, your baby will weigh around 2 to 3 pounds and will be 13 to 16 inches long. Isn’t it Marvelous!
    This phase is considered to be the golden period because it makes you feel well; you will be devoid of bothersome symptoms such as morning sickness, frequency of urination and dizziness. The vomiting gets subsided; you will feel energetic, fresh and active.
  • Here are some of the changes that are noticed during second trimester

    Weight gain:Your weight increases in this period you start looking pregnant as the tummy bulges. By the end of trimester the top of the growing womb (organ located in women’s lower abdomen) reaches around 2 inches above the navel.
    Feeling the sensations:You can experience your baby kicks and movements, this usually occurs between 18-22 weeks of your pregnancy, but if it the second issue of the baby then you may feel the movements in the 16th week itself.
  • Stretch marks

    Stretch marks are most bothersome as they are prominent and are seen as reddish, pink or silvery white streaks on the breasts, abdomen, and thighs. Stretch marks are common during pregnancy; they are temporary and fade away after delivery. There are also many medical products that help you minimize your stretch marks

  • Breast changes

    Change in the breast size is one of the common bodily changes that is observed during second trimester. Breast size increases and gets heavier and bigger due to the accumulation of fats and milk production. You may also notice thin yellow discharge from the nipples around 16-19 weeks. This indicates that your breasts are preparing to nourish your newborn.

  • When to call doctor?

    You must call your doctor immediately if you observe pain in the calf muscles with swelling.
    Breathing problem is common as the hormones stimulate the respiratory center in the brain and the lungs to breathe deeply that enables better oxygen supply to the baby you may face problems in breathing.
    Do not worry if you observe any thin, watery and odorless discharge from the vagina because it is helpful in keeping your birth canal free from infections.
    If the discharge is foul smelling, yellowish or greenish and begins to itch, then you should see your doctor.
    If you have pain or burning while urination, consult the doctor.
  • Third trimester

    Third trimester is the period from 28th week until delivery. The fetus inside you will be a growing enough to come out of the uterus. At the same time you will experience a lot more changes in your body, your baby bump gets bigger to the maximum stretch, you will also experience the following bodily changes:
    Abdominal aches: you may feel sharp and crampy pain as a result of extra stretch of your ligaments to accommodate your huge bump. You will just need to relax and wait for the delivery.
    Chest discomfort: during the last weeks of pregnancy you may experience persistent burn and discomfort in the chest this happens due to the pressure of uterus upwardly on the stomach. Your doctor will prescribe medication for helping you get rid of the symptoms.
    Enlarged veins: You will notice varicose veins in the lower extremities due to extra blood pumping in the body. These varicose veins fade away after your delivery.

    Enjoy the abstract feeling of motherhood, it is a roller coaster, after the tuff times and happy experienced during pregnancy, the joy is plenty when you deliver a baby. After all pregnancy and its ill effects is nothing infront of the new life shaping in your womb! So wait for the magic to happen.