Each trimester brings new changes for you and your growing precious cargo.
First Trimester (Conception to 12 Weeks)
Hormonal changes may cause nausea, vomiting, increased fatigue, cravings or distastes for certain foods, heartburn and indigestion, tender and swollen breasts, change in complexion, frequent urge to urinate and constipation. During this stage it’s vital that you get enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients as they are essential for growth and development. Your health care provider will help guide you in deciding what is best for you.
Second Trimester (13 to 28 Weeks)
You may notice that symptoms like nausea and fatigue are going away, but other new changes to your body are now happening. Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow. As your body changes for your baby to grow you may have body aches such as back or abdominal pain. Your energy level should increase. You are probably finding it necessary to move into larger, looser clothing. Between weeks 16 and 20, you’ll start to feel your baby move around inside you, known as “quickening.”
Third Trimester (29 to 40 Weeks)
Some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester will continue as you near the end of your journey. You also may notice that you feel more sensitive, emotional and anxious. Rest assured, these feelings are very natural. Some new body changes you might notice in the third trimester include hemorrhoids, tender breasts and contractions. While swelling is normal, call your physician right away if you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight very quickly.