The journey ahead of you will bring joy and fulfillment, stress and anxiety, love and caring, mood swings and laughter. Difficult times will be followed by wonderful, emotional moments. You will have your own particular way of experiencing pregnancy but for most pregnant women, some months are easier to handle than others.
Each pregnancy trimester will bring physical and psychological changes that you will gradually perceive. Learn as much as you can about them, so you are not overwhelmed by everything that is happening with your body and mind and can adapt easier to every change. Let’s take a journey through the most important changes of each trimester so you are aware of what you should expect.
The first trimester is considered by most women the worst of them all. All the hormone changes are overwhelming and women start experiencing nausea, cravings, aversions, exhaustion, mood swings, water retention, headaches, physical pain, anxiety and even mild depression. The body is going through drastic changes in order to become the environment that the baby needs in order to develop.
Usually women tend to avoid telling others about their pregnancy during the first weeks and this can bring some extra pressure and anxiety. Women tend to do this because they want to be sure before letting those around them know. When you eventually get to tell those around you, it will surely bring a sense of relief.
The impact of finding out about your pregnancy makes it hard for you to focus on anything else. It’s overwhelming and in the first trimester you will be most likely focused mostly on this idea and have trouble focusing on other people or issues. You start to gain weight so during the first trimester you might already need to make some changes in your wardrobe.
During the first months women usually get overwhelmed by all the information they feel they need to learn about their pregnancy. They usually ask around and read the material they can find. This comes also with the frustration of not being able to remember all the rules that should guide you through pregnancy.
Most women consider trimester to be the easiest pregnancy trimester. Nausea seems to happen less frequently and most women experience less fatigue during these three months. It’s a good time to catch your breath before the last months which are not the easiest part of this journey.
Your baby is growing pretty fast during this trimester and you can also find out the sex of your baby now. There are many symptoms that you will experience during these months but women consider it is easier to handle than the other two. You might experience during the second trimester a more rapid weight gain, constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, frequent urination, backache, breathing difficulties, breast enlargement, bleeding gums and other symptoms depending on your own body.
Some women say that this the most uncomfortable trimester. Your weight rises more rapidly. You need to carry the weight that you gained and also the weight of your baby that is getting bigger each day. You might experience heartburns, clumsiness, backache, stomach ache, lack of bladder control, Braxton Hicks contractions and you develop stretch marks. This is the time that you will begin to feel your baby kicking stronger and the reality of becoming a mother will grow with each day passing by. Relax through each stage, ask for help and learn to enjoy the happiness that becoming a mother brings into your life.