You had a blast when you knew you were pregnant. But nothing can really prepare you for pregnancy unless you’re already there.
Now that you’re pregnant, here are some things to note. You might be able to relate with some of them already. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the months to come.
The most basic thing to note here is that not all pregnancies are the same. There are those women who don’t feel anything at all during the first trimester. They go through pregnancy as if nothing has changed at all. They are considered the lucky ones.
On the other hand, there are those women who have to go through the hassle of morning sickness. When you have morning sickness, you will have some smells that you will not be able to withstand. According to Martha Bustos, PhD and co-authors, “Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is one of the most common disorders of pregnancy. The symptoms occur predominantly during the first trimester, although in a subgroup of patients they can continue throughout the entire pregnancy and can affect the woman’s quality of life.” You might also feel queasy and easily fatigued. If before, you can get up in the morning with ease, with morning sickness, you may feel groggy and knocked out.
Don’t worry too much though, most symptoms may disappear by the second trimester.
It is important to take care of what you eat during this trimester. During the first trimester, the baby’s brain and limbs are just developing. Make sure to eat leafy greens, iron-rich food, and take supplements if necessary. E. Charles Lampley, MD advises that “To get off to a healthy start, it is important to know that you are going to have a baby as early into the pregnancy as possible.”
During the second trimester, you notice your baby bump growing. You will surely be able to determine your baby’s gender during this time as well. A welcome development is that you will be able to have more energy to run errands again.
Increasingly you will be able to feel your baby’s movements. Your baby will start to kick and move around your belly. Your baby’s senses are rapidly developing. Thus, you will notice that your baby’s kicks and movements are somehow a response to outside stimuli.
To enhance your baby’s development, you can play classical music near your belly. Talk to your child often as well so that your child will be able to recognize your voice.
You feel heaviest during the third trimester. You realize that you are having trouble walking around. You observe that you are now walking like a penguin because you are still finding your balance while walking.
To have an easy delivery, walking and light exercise will be your best friend. However, you should consult first with your physician before engaging in any physical activity. You don’t want to put your baby at risk, do you?
Taking care of your baby post-partum is another discussion altogether. You have to get used to sleepless nights, cluster-feeding (if you wish to breastfeed), and crying bouts. Your baby is still getting used to the external environment so re-assure your child always. Skin-to-skin contact and carrying your child during the night are some ways to help your child during this phase.
“While other symptoms may decrease or subside as your pregnancy advances, the movement of your baby should not. Sure, there will be days when your baby may be quieter. But if any changes in an activity seem unusual, don’t hesitate to see your doctor or visit an emergency room,” Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH says. Be sure to visit your doctor as often as needed for a routine check-up. You and your baby need it. During check-ups, your doctor will monitor your child’s development, recommend vaccination shots, and check your post-partum healing.
Pregnancy and post-partum can be a roller coaster ride for mothers. We hope this nifty guide helps your smooth transition into motherhood.
Labor and Delivery
Pregnant women experience labor in different ways. While others may experience apparent signs, it may come without warning for some. It’s important to remember that the given due date is only a reference point and not an exact date. Thus, do not be surprised if you go earlier or later than your due date.
Generally, labor lasts around 12 to 24 hours if it’s your first childbirth. This duration will usually be shorter for the following births. Your midwife or doctor will give you guidelines about what to expect in your labor and delivery.
Signs of Labor
It’s crucial for expecting mothers to know the signs of labor to understand what to expect. The most common symptom to look out for are contractions, where your uterus’s muscles will tighten up and relax in repetition. This uncomfortable feeling will get stronger as you get closer to delivery, helping you push your baby out. Along with this, you will feel unmoving pain in your stomach and lower back.
When your water breaks, you will either feel a rush or experience a trickle of water. It indicates that you’re close to starting labor when you experience the baby lowering on your pelvis (lightening) and the bloody show.
Stages of Labor
The first stage of labor starts when you experience contractions. This stage’s latent phase would generate mild contractions as a sign that your cervix is readying for the delivery. The active phase then follows. Here you will experience strong contractions as your body prepares for delivery. The transitional phase then occurs when you feel the need to push.
The actual childbirth happens during the second stage. The third stage’s placenta delivery follows it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if I’m pregnant after 1 week?
The actual conception usually happens in the second or third week depending on the menstrual cycle. But there are certain symptoms that can be felt after a week of pregnancy. Some of these include tenderness or soreness of breasts, an increased frequency for pee, nausea, and fatigue.
How do you feel in your stomach when pregnant?
The stomach usually feels bloated and rounded due to the pregnancy hormones. Some may feel hurt or cramps in the abdominal area which sometimes happens along with spotting.
Which month is dangerous in pregnancy?
The first trimester is a critical time for pregnancy. The abdomen should not be massaged during this time. Also, during this trimester, it is most at risk for miscarriage.
How do I know if am pregnant?
Here are the signs and symptoms to observe if you suspect that you are pregnant:
3. Missed Period
4. Swollen Breasts
5. Frequent Urinating
There are also symptoms that are less obvious than those listed above like food aversion, bloating, cramps, and spotting.
How soon is the earliest sign of pregnancy?
The earliest sign of possible pregnancy is spotting and cramps. When this occurs together, women tend to think it’s only a period since it resembles those of monthly menstruation.
Can Precum cause pregnancy?
Yes, because it still transports sperm into the vagina. When sperm enters into the female reproductive system, there is a chance to fertilize an egg cell.
Does the toothpaste pregnancy test work?
No, it is not a reliable and accurate test. There is no evidence to support that toothpaste has the capability to detect hormones in urine.
Can pushing on belly hurt baby?
It depends on the amount of push given to the belly. But an accidental bump won’t hurt the baby in the belly. The womb is providing enough protection for the baby to not easily get hurt.
How does your stomach feel at 4 weeks pregnant?
At 4 weeks pregnant, your stomach may feel bloated. This is the best time to stop unhealthy habits as the baby will soon start developing itself.