So you’ve just found out your pregnant? Congratulations! It’s one of the most exciting and nerve-racking times in your life. Everyone’s experience of pregnancy and the trimesters can be different, so it’s useful to take everyone’s recommendations with a pinch of salt.
There are some common and typical symptoms to expect when you’re pregnant. Although this is a typical list, it’s not extensive so if you’re experiencing something new or additional to this list, don’t panic, it’s most likely to be normal.
In situations where you’re concerned about symptoms, it’s always good to check in with a midwife or healthcare professional. With that being said, here are some typical symptoms to expect when you’re pregnant for a first-time parent.
Nausea – with or without vomiting
Nausea is probably one of the most common types of symptoms that are experienced when you’re pregnant. It can vary in severity, with some getting nausea with vomiting and others getting no vomiting at all.
For the period of nausea experienced, most will often experience it during the first twelve weeks and then it tends to disappear. However, that’s not the case for everyone. In fact, it can vary to the extreme that some can get it every day of their pregnancy, while others may only get it during one trimester or at the start and towards the end.
Nausea is something that can be tackled with certain foods and drinks. For example, anything that contains ginger is useful to have as it’s good for easing that feeling of nausea in general.
Of course, what works for someone, might not work for others so the best advice is to take it easy when you’re feeling sick.
Tiredness is something that can hit at any point throughout pregnancy. Remember, you are growing a human inside you, which means your body is working overtime to try and grow your baby while keeping everything running for you as normal.
That often means that you’re feeling more tired, especially during the first and last trimester. The first trimester is your body getting used to growing the baby from its early days and it’s a new experience for your body if it’s the first pregnancy you’re experiencing.
The last trimester is tiring because you’re carrying around a nearly full-term baby and the weight is a lot to deal with!
Ligmanet pains are common for many women through pregnancy, especially as your body is accommodating for the baby that’s growing inside of you. Everyone who is meant to birth a baby is designed to carry a baby but that doesn’t mean that your body won’t be in pain as a result.
Ligament pains are something that will occur as the baby gets bigger and you might find, depending on your frame, that you experience it more or less. Again, depending on the trimester and the size of the baby, you may feel more pain during one period of time.
There are lots of exercises you can do to help with ligament pain, as well as treatments and belts you can wear to alleviate that pain.
Skin breakouts and irritations
As your baby is growing, it’s likely impacting your hormones in more ways than one. One of these changes that you might experience in your body is skin breakouts and irritations. Skin breakouts are a pain to deal with, especially if you’re not typically used to dealing with them.
In order to treat your skin, make sure you’re giving it the much-needed pampering it deserves. If you don’t have a skincare routine in place, then it’s definitely worth putting one in place while you’re pregnant.
There are many stages in the pregnancy where you are likely to experience sore breasts whether that’s in your first four weeks or at 4 months pregnant. That’s because your breasts are getting ready to feed your baby, storing colostrum from around the 18-week mark.
It’s hard to deal with sore breasts but you can tackle this easily enough by wearing supportive and comfortable bras.
A rollercoaster of hormones
When you’re pregnant, the hormones you’re going to feel are often going to feel as though you’re on a rollercoaster. One day you might be fine and on other days, you may feel as though you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed.
Take it easy on yourself and acknowledge that these hormones are because you’re growing a baby.
These typical symptoms are good to look out for so that you know what is normal and to be expected during your first pregnancy.