Discovering you are pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in your life.Â Along with that discovery come changes – to your life as well as to your body.Â This article will help you understand the changes your body will experience as you move through your pregnancy.
Each pregnancy is exciting and unique in its own way.Â Along with the excitement and joy you feel when you discover you are pregnant there are probably other emotions as well, like nervousness, confusion and anticipation.Â No pregnancy is exactly the same.Â What happened in your sisterâ€™s pregnancy does not mean it will happen in yours.Â Even if this is a second or third pregnancy, it could be different than previous pregnancies.Â Every womanâ€™s body is different, and every womanâ€™s body is amazing in how it adapts to a new life growing inside and provides nourishment for proper growth and development.Â In order to provide the best home for the developing fetus, the body changes throughout the nine months of pregnancy.Â Although your body may experience many changes, the most common are covered here.
The First Trimester
The first trimester is the first three months of your pregnancy.Â The most common experience is the lack of menstruation.Â At times there may be a very light flow or light spotting, but it is very rare for spotting to occur throughout the pregnancy.Â At this stage of pregnancy the body is nourishing the fetus as the heart, lungs and brain begin to develop. Most women experience tenderness as breasts enlarge.Â The areolas may enlarge and the nipples may darken in color.Â This is the stage of pregnancy where morning sickness is most common and most often only lasts through the first trimester.Â It is common to be more tired and more emotional due to the increased hormonal levels.Â The urge to urinate usually increases and frequency of urination continues to increase as the baby grows and more pressure is placed on the bladder.
The Second Trimester
The second trimester is exciting.Â Many women believe this stage is the best part of their pregnancy; maybe because they no longer experience morning sickness. The baby is now about 12 inches long and starting to move about so that the mother can feel movement or â€œquickening.â€Â With the growth of the baby, the uterus grows to accommodate, causing organs to shift in the body.Â Milk producing glands enlarge preparing for birth which causes the breasts to enlarge.Â Many people believe that a pregnant woman has a â€œglowâ€ about her and is beautiful to behold. Â Some women experience swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs, which goes away after the birth of the baby.
The Third Trimester
In the final months of pregnancy the baby grows rapidly, about a half a pound every week.Â The average baby is around twenty inches long at birth.Â Due to this growth and movement of the baby in the final three months, shortness of breath may be experienced.Â The growing baby means the motherâ€™s body is also growing, which may make the abdomen itchy and uncomfortable.Â It is at this point that stretch marks may occur.Â You may also notice skin pigment darkening on cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.Â This darkening usually disappears after the babyâ€™s birth.
As stated before, every pregnancy is different; every womanâ€™s body is different and reacts to pregnancy differently.Â You may experience some of these changes to your body or you may experience changes not mentioned. The important thing is to enjoy each stage of your pregnancy for the special and exciting time it is and for the joy it is bringing into your life.