More than you belly grows!
The most obvious change that happens during pregnancy is a growing belly, but there are many changes happening daily. It is important to remember that each woman experiences pregnancy differently but there are some common experiences that a woman can expect as her baby develops. Some of the changes may be hard to ignore and uncomfortable to deal with, while others may be more subtle and even enjoyable.
Common changes you can expect
- A Growing Belly Not to state the obvious, but most women will experience significant changes and growth in their abdominal/uterine region. As the baby grows a woman’s belly will naturally expand and grow too. In the beginning she may not feel anything, but eventually most women being to see a change in the size of their belly around the 12th week of pregnancy.
- Bigger Breasts Now for some women this is exciting news, but for others, ugh! A woman’s breasts may grow larger as they prepare to provide sustenance for her baby. During pregnancy she may experience nipple sensitivity, enlarged or darkening aerolas and expansion of the breast tissue.
- The urge to pee, a lot As the baby develops, it’s normal that there would be less and less room for the bladder. There is only so much space for all of the internal organs and often, the bladder speaks the loudest. Use the restroom as often as needed.
- Feeling Sick and Tired Some women feel sick, some women feel tired, and some may feel both or neither. Those feelings of nausea are normal, but not fun. Feeling exhausted during pregnancy is normal, but not fun either. With that being said, if you are unable to function throughout the day because you are sick or tired, talk with your doctor immediately.
A few more symptoms you might experience
- Appearance of veins
Sounds like a good time right? Remember being pregnant is only temporary. Many of these symptoms can be treated and be assured they should go away once the baby is born. Remember, these are not the only pregnancy changes a woman may experience. Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, so don’t be worried if you have all of these symptoms or none at all.
Do I need to be worried?
This is the perfect question to be asking. If this is your first time being pregnant, it’s hard to know what’s normal and what is concerning. If for any reason you feel like you need to talk to a doctor, call your doctor. If you have questions, no matter how big, how small or how silly, talk to your doctor. The most important thing is that you are healthy and that your baby is developing well. Never hesitate to talk to a health care professional about anything concerning your physical health and your pregnancy.
Our nurses are always available to talk with you about the physical changes you are experiences. If you have a question and can’t get ahold of your doctor, please call one of our nurses.