Physical Changes you may Experience During Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes different changes in a woman’s body. Most of these changes tend to disappear after delivery. These changes cause some symptoms, which are very normal in all pregnancies . However, certain disorders, such as gestational diabetes, can also develop during this period, and some symptoms may indicate such a disorder.
Symptoms that should be immediately reported to a doctor/gynaecologist if they occur during pregnancy include the following:
- Persistent or unusual headaches
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Disturbances of eyesight
- Pain or cramps in the lower abdomen
- Vaginal bleeding
- Leakage of amniotic fluid (described as “the water breaks”)
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Decreased urine production
- Any illness or infection
- Tremor (shaking of the hands, feet, or both)
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased movement of the fetus
If labor was quick in past pregnancies, women should give notice to their doctor/pediatrician as soon as they have any indication that labor is starting.
Fatigue is very common, especially in the first 8-12 weeks of pregnancy and again in late pregnancy. The woman may need to get more rest than usual.
By exaactly 12 weeks of pregnancy, the enlarging uterus may cause the woman’s abdomen to jut out slightly. The uterus will continue to protrude throughout the period of pregnancy. The enlarging uterus extends to the level of the navel by 18-20 weeks and to the lower edge of the rib cage by 34-36 weeks.
The breasts tend to enlarge because the hormones (estrogen) are preparing/getting the breast ready for milk production. The glands that produce milk gradually increase in number and become ready to produce milk. The breasts may feel firm and tender. Wearing a brazier that fits the breast properly and provides support may likely help.
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