Extra -Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy: First Trimester
What is the first sign of pregnancy?
A missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. You may also have some mild cramping and a little bleeding when the fertilized egg implants itself in your uterus.
If you’ve missed your period and think you may be pregnant, you can try a home pregnancy test. These tests are very accurate if you take them a few days after you expected to get your period.
Other changes in the first trimester
Frequent urination. Towards the end of the first trimester, you will feel like urinating more often as your growing uterus pushes on your bladder. You may leak a little urine when you cough or sneeze because of the extra pressure on your bladder.
A growing belly. Your waistline will begin to expand as your baby and your uterus grow larger. Depending on your size before pregnancy, you may not notice this change until the second trimester.
Emotional symptoms. You might feel moody, forgetful, or unable to concentrate. Tiredness, pregnancy hormones, and the emotions that can go along with being pregnant can cause these symptoms.
Constipation. The slow process of breaking down food can also cause constipation, gas, and bloating. You should be taking a prenatal vitamin that contains iron. The iron in the vitamin can also lead to constipation.
Visible veins. The blue veins in your belly, breasts, and legs may become more noticeable as your body makes extra blood and your heart pumps faster to meet the needs of pregnancy.
Skin changes. Other people may notice your “pregnancy glow,” which is the rosy, shiny look your skin gets from increased blood circulation. Pregnancy hormones can cause some extra oil on your skin, which might spark a temporary flare-up of acne.
Breast changes. Many women notice changes in their breasts early in pregnancy. The hormones in your body are changing to prepare for breastfeeding. As these changes occur, your breasts may feel tender and swollen.
Vaginal changes. The lining of your vagina will become thicker and less sensitive. You may notice a thin, whitish discharge, which is normal during pregnancy. Mild vaginal bleeding (“spotting”) is also common and normal. However, you should call your doctor if you have any vaginal bleeding. If the bleeding is severe or painful, go to the emergency room.