Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and life-altering events that any women can ever experience. Planning and beginning a new family is a great experience for any couple. Pregnancy changes a woman’s life in a lot of ways. It is a huge responsibility but it is also a wonderful experience.
A woman’s body will go through a lot of physical and emotional changes once she has conceived. Be ready for anything, it’s full of surprises. Emotionally, you’ll have your fair share of mood swings, some food cravings, and a few aversions.
Physically and chemically the hormonal changes will make your breasts got bigger and a bit tender and swollen. You’ll experience morning sickness, nausea and swelling in the first few months. Also, your belly will get bigger and you’ll put on some weight. But don’t worry you’ll see that nice glow of pregnancy on your face too.
THE EARLY SIGNS OF PREGNANCY
About 60 percent of women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time they’re 6 weeks along, and roughly 90 percent have them by the time they’re 8 weeks. In case you have missed your period this month and your home pregnancy test is also showing negative, these early signs of pregnancy might help you determine whether you are pregnant or your period was just delayed because of some other reasons.
The hormonal changes that take place within the body after conception may force the body to retain water, which often results in swelling and bloating. It feels just the way your body puts on a few kilos a week before your period. Your waist feels bigger than before and you may feel uncomfortable in your usual clothes. This is just a temporary water weight that usually subsides by the end of the first trimester.
Shortly after you become pregnant, hormonal changes prompt a chain of events that raise the rate of blood flow through your kidneys. This causes your bladder to fill more quickly, so you need to visit the toilet more frequently than before.
Your blood volume rises dramatically during pregnancy, which leads to extra fluid being processed and ending up in your bladder. Therefore, as the pregnancy progresses the frequency of urination increases even more. In fact, by the end of your term, the problem is compounded as the growing baby inside the womb also exerts more pressure on your bladder.
Another most obvious sign of pregnancy is feelings of drowsiness and fatigue. Women who are newly pregnant feel tired and sluggish all the time. They tend to sleep more than their normal routines. The health experts explain that fatigue and sleepiness in pregnant women is caused by the soaring progesterone levels that demand the body to get more rest in order to nourish the new life that has taken place within the mother’s body.
The rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to lack of energy and drowsiness.
But don’t worry. This fatigue and exhaustion will not last throughout the pregnancy. In fact, women will regain their energy levels and become more active and upbeat by the time they hit their second trimester.
Note: Fatigue usually returns late in pregnancy when you’re carrying a lot more weight and when some of the common discomforts of pregnancy make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
One common pregnancy symptom is sensitive, swollen breasts caused by rising levels of hormones. Many women confuse this symptom to PMS sometimes, but the only factor that distinguishes is from that of pre-period breast soreness is that the sensitivity in the breasts during pregnancy is an exaggerated version.
Light bleeding or spotting
About 1 in 4 women experience spotting or light bleeding during the first trimester. Spotting or slight bleeding around the time when your period is due is also a symptom of pregnancy. Of course, vaginal bleeding is the last thing a woman would who has been trying to conceive would want to see. But this type of light spotting is actually caused when the newly fertilized egg embeds itself in the uterus, thus giving it the name Implantation bleeding.
Note: Spotting during pregnancy should be taken seriously and women must consult their doctor as soon as possible because it is sometimes a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Women often feel nauseated during their first trimester. Pregnant women feel the urge to throw up from time to time. The feeling is strongest in the day and gets better by the end of the day. For some women, morning sickness doesn’t hit until about a month or two after conception, though for others it may start as early as two weeks.
Although most women get complete relief from morning sickness as soon as they progress to their second trimester but there are also those who have to live with nausea throughout their entire pregnancy. There are also those lucky ladies who do not suffer from morning sickness at all.
If you’re newly pregnant, it’s not uncommon for certain aromas to trigger your gag reflex. No one knows for sure, but it is believed that the aversions may be a side effect of rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system. Newly pregnant feel repelled by the smell of certain types of foods and beverages, even those they once used to enjoy.
The hormonal changes that women experience during pregnancy affect the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain), due to which they may experience mood swings. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad, while others feel more depressed or anxious.
High Basal Body Temperature
Many women who are trying to conceive chart their basal body temperature every month. If your temperature has stayed elevated for more than two weeks, there are high chances that you might be pregnant.