The First Trimester
You should know that every pregnancy is different. Your experiences may not be like those described here, but may still be perfectly normal. Talk to your doctor or midwife about any questions or concerns you have.
I’m not a doctor or midwife, and I can’t tell you if your pregnancy is developing normally or not. I hope the things I discuss here will help you know what to expect during your pregnancy, but don’t consider this to be medical advice. Get your medical advice from a qualified doctor or midwife.
I hate to break it to you, but morning sickness doesn’t only occur in the morning. It is most likely to happen then, but it can happen any time of day. Feeling queasy, downright sick to your stomach, or even throwing up is not that unusual during pregnancy. You might also get heartburn. It doesn’t happen to everyone, though.
Some things you can do to prevent morning sickness include eating small meals frequently and avoiding very spicy or greasy food. Eating a snack that is high in protein before you go to bed can help prevent sickness first thing in the morning- try half a turkey sandwich or some peanut butter crackers. If you are unable to keep any food or liquids down, call your doctor or midwife.
The good news is that morning sickness almost always goes away by the end of the third month.
Your breasts may get larger and/or feel tender or sore as your milk glands begin to develop. Your nipples and the skin around them may get darker in color.
Hormonal changes will make you have to pee more than normal.
You may feel tired a lot during the first part of your pregnancy, as your body adjusts to being pregnant. Try to get extra rest when you need it.
You’ll probably feel more energetic during the second trimester, but may get more tired again towards the end. Carrying a baby around inside you is hard work!
Increased vaginal secretions
Hormonal changes might cause you to have more vaginal fluids than usual. These secretions might be clear or they might be white or yellowish in color. They might be slightly irritating to you, but if they cause you a lot of discomfort or have a bad odor, you might have a vaginal infection. See your doctor or midwife.
As you go through your pregnancy, your hormones can cause you to feel more emotional or moody than usual. You might feel down in the dumps, you might get irritated more easily, you might suddenly feel weepy for no reason. It’s also normal to have a lot of feelings about being pregnant. You might be happy and excited, you might be scared, you might be unhappy about being pregnant. You might feel several different ways at once. Let your doctor of midwife know if you start feeling really depressed.