During the first three months of pregnancy, your body undergoes amazing transformation to accommodate the little one growing in you. Knowing what changes to expect can help you prepare mentally and physically. While the experience is different for every mother, some common changes you might experience are:
Don’t be alarmed. This is a sign that the fertilised egg has attached itself to your womb.
This is a result of hormonal changes in your body. You may want to wear a support bra or opt for a larger-size bra for greater comfort.
Frequent nature calls
As your baby grows, it is adding pressure on your
bladder, which explains why you may find yourself urinating more frequently.
Carrying a growing baby can be taxing on your body. Make sure you get plenty of rest throughout the day and consume sufficient iron from food sources and supplements.
Milky white discharge
This is quite normal in the early stages of your pregnancy. However, if you notice clear or foul-smelling discharge, please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy can induce food cravings and even aversions. As long as you are eating a nutritious and balanced diet, you can indulge in your cravings from time to time.
Emotions run high
Hormone changes may make you more emotional than usual. It helps to find a listening ear in your partner or a good friend.
A higher level of the hormone progesterone during pregnancy causes some muscles to relax, including the ones in your throat that usually prevent stomach acid from coming up. Try eating smaller meals more frequently. Or avoid spicy and acidic foods.
One of the most common symptoms shared by expecting women the world over is morning sickness. While some experience mild nausea, those who are less fortunate find themselves starting the day with it. When you feel sick, take small sips of water, ginger ale or clear fruit juices.
You only need 150 calories more a day from your usual food intake to nourish your growing baby. So eat incrementally but healthily by adding more fruit, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat to your diet.
Get a week-by-week account of the changes you can expect with our pregnancy calendar.
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