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Changes in Your Body

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First Trimester

Changes in your body include:
  • Hormones changes
  • Body makes more blood and body fluids
  • Breast changes
    • They may get bigger
    • They may be sore or tender
    • Your nipples get darker
  • Weight gain (the average is 3-4 pounds)
  • You may feel very tired
  • You may urinate more often
  • You may have nausea (morning sickness)
  • You may feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • Your moods can vary

Second Trimester

Changes in your body include:
  • Your heart beats stronger
  • You start to feel your baby move. This usually starts between weeks 15 and 20
  • You start to look pregnant
  • Common discomforts from first trimester may disappear
  • Your uterus starts to stretch out and get thinner
  • Your breast gets ready to make milk
  • You may experience Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • You may have a bigger appetite
  • More weight gain
  • You may have additional discomforts such as:
    • Backache
    • Constipation
    • Headaches
    • Heartburn
    • Leg cramps
    • Mood swings

Third Trimester

Changes in your body include:
  • More weight gain. You may gain about a pound a week
  • Your uterus and belly expands as the baby grows
  • You feel lots of pressure in your bladder
  • You urinate more often
  • You may experience shortness of breath
  • Your hands and feet swell
  • Your breasts may start to leak

Tips for Common Discomforts

 

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