First and continuous signs of pregnancy? A positive pregnancy test? Congratulations, soon-to-be mommy! Your little one is on the way, and we are sure that you can feel it in your mind, body, and heart. These signs of pregnancy may be taking a toll on you, but these are signs that your baby is growing and living inside of you.
As your belly grows little by little every week, different changes in the body and mind will slowly become evident. These signs of pregnancy are usually not pleasant to a first time mom-to-be. But with proper preparation and awareness, these pains can be alleviated and remedied quickly.
Physical signs of pregnancy are usually the first to show in the early stages of pregnancy. Significant body changes occur as you approach closer to your due date. Be ready for the following:
- Tender breasts. Swollen or sensitive breasts are a result of hormonal changes. The discomfort, however, is not going to be there for long. It will decrease as you go along and your body adjusts to these hormonal changes.
- Increased urination. Your growing uterus is the culprit for your noticeably frequent bathroom trips. Its pressure on your bladder and the extra blood flow that your body produces are the reasons why you urinate more than the usual.
- Cramping in the lower abdomen. This one is also brought about by the stretching of the uterus. Cramping in early stages of pregnancy may be brought about by the implantation stage.
- Constipation and flatulence. Your uterus is enlarging now. As a result of it rising up and out of the pelvic cavity, your stomach and intestines are being “displaced” causing constipation and flatulence.
Subtle signs of pregnancy are generally your mood swings. Emotion shifts are common during pregnancy because this kind of change is brought about by significant hormonal changes in your body.
At the first stages, anxiety and extreme fatigue may affect your daily life. At the latter stages, moodiness and irritability may become evident. Irritability may be because of the pain and discomfort brought about by the physical changes enumerated above. As you go along, you may also become forgetful, disorganized, and anxious about your figure.
Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotions. Most moms-to-be are experiencing insecurities and anxiety about the arrival of their babies. Having a kid is a big transition especially to the mother’s life. All emotions are there—overjoy, excitement, stress, and even overly self-consciousness. This complex mix of feelings and emotions may be good or bad. Families, friends, and partners should be well aware of this because it goes behind just the “usual signs of pregnancy.” It already tackles the mental health and capacity of the mother.
We know that all these irritating signs of pregnancy are nothing compared to that joy and excitement that you as mom-to-be feel right now. It’s essential that you familiarize with what these changes are so you can better be ready of what’s going to happen next as you wait for your little one.