When a woman becomes pregnant, her body undergoes significant changes, right from the beginning. This includes a wide range of hormonal interactions that help her body to prepare for the carrying and delivering of the unborn child. These can be quite the change from what she has previously experienced.
During the first trimester, many women experience a great deal of nausea, frequently referred to as morning sickness. However, this term is a misnomer because the upset stomach and accompanying vomiting may occur at any point during the day. It is a good idea for her to figure out some natural ways that are safe for the baby to minimize these feelings. Good choices are saltine crackers and products with real ginger. In fact, ginger tea has soothing properties that can aid in digestion, making it an ideal remedy.
Another issue that arises during the first trimester is frequent urination. This will disappear during the second trimester, only to resurface toward the end of the pregnancy. The reason it happens during the first few months is hormonal and, in the last months, due to pressure on the bladder.
Women will often experience breast tenderness throughout the pregnancy and internal discomfort as the months progress due to the shifting of internal organs to make room for the growing fetus.
The general gestation time for humans is 38 weeks. During this time, the woman will undergo a great deal of physical and emotional changes relating to pregnancy. One thing that surprises many first time moms is the nesting phase that happens as the delivery date draws near. This is a natural occurrence and involves the woman having an increased interest in having her home in order. Biologically, it makes sense because, once the child is born, she will have a reduced amount of time to focus on the home. The first few months of a child’s life require a great deal of attention and care be given to them.
Throughout the pregnancy, most women can still remain active and, it is a good idea to do so. Eating right and getting safe exercise will help her to have a healthy child and to recover from childbirth more quickly.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for most women. Understanding the changes that can happen can help her and those around her to get through the ups and downs associated with changing hormones and bodily functions.