Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting and often times frightening experience, when you are unsure of exactly what to expect week from week. Making the best dietary choices during pregnancy and staying as healthy as possible can dramatically improve the health of the newborn.
Understanding the symptoms and signs of pregnancy is essential because every symptom could be related to conditions other than being pregnant. Early signs of pregnancy often involve a missed period, tender breasts, headaches, lower backaches and/or nausea. Sexually active women experiencing many of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy should consider taking a pregnancy test. Any woman experiencing many of the symptoms of morning sickness could indicate pregnancy, or other condition.
There are three specific stages of pregnancy including the first, second and third trimester. The first trimester will last from conception until the end of the 12th week. During this time, your body will experience a variety of hormonal changes affecting nearly every organ. The changes you experience will trigger a variety of symptoms that could include extreme fatigue and tiredness, swollen, tender breast, upset stomach, continuous cravings, the dislike of specific foods, constipation, mood swings, headaches, heartburn, the need to urinate more often, along with weight loss or gain.
Fortunately, many of these uncomfortable symptoms will diminish as the pregnancy progresses. Because every woman reacts differently to pregnancy, your symptoms will be unique to you.
Second and Third Trimester
During the second trimester, between weeks 13 and 28, you will find your pregnancy much easier than your experiences in the first trimester. However, the baby is growing, and your body needs to make a variety of changes to accommodate the size of the fetus.
As a result, you will experience a variety of symptoms that include thigh, groin, abdomen and back aches, along withstretch marks on the thighs, breast, buttocks and abdomen. You will also notice patches of dark skin, usually appearing over the cheeks, upper lip, nose and four head, tingling or numb hands, increased itching on the palms, abdomen and soles of the feet along with swelling of the face, fingers and ankles.
During the third trimester, lasting from week 29 to 40, you will experience many of the same discomforts of the second trimester. In addition, many pregnant women find breathing challenging, and often have an increased need to use the bathroom. This is a direct cause of the baby growing in size, and putting significant pressure on a variety of your organs.
In addition, pregnant women in the third trimester experience a variety of symptoms including heartburn, shortness of breath, hemorrhoids, along with swelling of the face, fingers and ankles. In addition, they often have trouble sleeping, tender breasts, the fetus (dropping), as it moves lower down in the abdomen.
Eating a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet while pregnant has been determined to lower the potential of a preterm delivery. Studies indicate that a healthy intake of quality foods rich in vegetables and fruits helps prevent premature delivery of the infant. In fact, increasing the amount of consumed healthy foods is significantly more important than just the elimination of unhealthy foods.
Incorporating quality fish and whole grains and the diet, along with drinking adequate amounts of water every day serve in the best interest of the mother and the newborn. This often means eliminating sweet snacks, salty foods, desserts, white bread, and processed meat products.
Becoming pregnant can be a wonderful experience. Obtaining as much information as possible on how to maintain a healthy body while pregnant is a key component to bringing a healthy newborn into the world.