You are finally pregnant and cannot wait to share your news with anyone who cares to listen. Of course, you have already told your husband, your mother, all of your close friends and relatives, and maybe even the clerk at your local grocery store. Now all you have to do is be patient for the day that you hold your new baby in your arms.
In the meantime, you wonder when you will actually begin to feel pregnant. Well, it is helpful to keep in mind that no two women are alike, and neither are their pregnancy symptoms. However, changes do begin occurring in the body immediately after conception.
One of the first symptoms to appear in pregnancy is bloating or gassiness. This is normal. In early pregnancy, the body produces more progesterone to relax the muscle tissue throughout the body. This allows your growing womb to expand more comfortably to accommodate your growing fetus.
The unfortunate result is that the gastrointestinal tract also relaxes, digestion slows down, and a general feeling of bloating occurs. This means lots of burping, flatulence, and discomfort after eating. If this is you, have plenty of Tums on hand and get used to it. It usually only gets worse until your baby is finally born.
Other changes resulting from increased progesterone, as well as estrogen, occur in the breasts. As early as four to six weeks along in pregnancy, you may notice that your breasts feel extremely tender, tingly, or sensitive to touch. Toward the end of the first trimester, you may also notice that your nipples are larger and darker. By the end of your pregnancy, you may find that your cup size has increased by one to two cups. All of this change occurs because your body is preparing for nursing.
Perhaps one of the most common symptoms you hear about is morning sickness. This common ailment in pregnancy is certainly one of the most uncomfortable complaints that women have in the first trimester. Inappropriately named, morning sickness can strike at any time of the day, also at varying levels of intensity.
Some women feel only mild nausea while others get so sick they cannot even drink water without it coming back up. When this occurs, you must see your obstetrician immediately to be sure that your growing fetus gets enough nourishment to grow healthy and strong.
Another indication of pregnancy that most women experience right away is fatigue. It certainly makes sense of making a baby is no small feat. All sorts of things are happening to sap your body of energy. First, the hormonal and other bodily changes going on are enough by themselves to make you feel tired. Then when you consider other contributing factors, such as a change in sleep routines due to worry, excitement, or anticipation for the arrival of your baby, you are likely to feel even more exhausted. In fact, even experiencing nausea can make you feel drained.
Finally, moodiness is another early sign of pregnancy. One minute you are laughing the next minute crying. Unfortunately, not too many women escape this one. Its causes are also from varying factors. Once again, hormonal changes are a large contributing factor. However, you may also find that you are worried about different things, such as the health of your baby, if you and your partner are truly ready to be parents, how this will affect your relationship and more. What with all of your new concerns, it is no wonder you feel moody and emotional.
Of course, it is extremely important to remember that not all women experience these early symptoms. In fact, sometimes a woman does not even feel pregnant until she feels the first butterfly kicks of her unborn child in the womb. Be thankful if that is you. Being pregnant is a fun and exciting experience; however, not all of the symptoms that go along with it are fun to experience.