Newly Pregnant? What to Expect…

You can expect a vast sea of emotions, symptoms, and cravings for sure. But, fortunately, many have gone before and though each pregnancy and mom-to-be is unique there are some commonalities that can bring comfort.

The earliest days of pregnancy are a rollercoaster of emotion—thrill and joy at the thought of your soon-to-arrive little one, and fear and doubt over all of the changes your body is going through. For first-timers, that uncertainty can be especially hard to handle. Every woman, and every pregnancy, is unique, but knowing what to expect beforehand can make those first eight weeks a lot easier, and give you the peace of mind you’ll need to start planning for the next chapter of your life. ~Babble

First, you can expect a heart beat, but not right away.

“The earliest you could expect to see a heartbeat on an ultrasound is six weeks,” explains Dr. Robin Kalish, MD, an OB-GYN who practices at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York. “Still, a pregnancy can be perfectly healthy and not have a visible heartbeat at six weeks. Many doctors are hesitant to bring a patient in that early, because if no heartbeat can be found it can worry her unnecessarily. By eight weeks though, there should definitely be a nice, strong heartbeat. So [this is] the optimal time for a first appointment by many doctors.” ~Babble

During your first trimester, you may feel more tired and sensitive.

  • You may experience nausea and vomiting.
  • You may feel more tired.
  • You may experience heartburn and acid indigestion.
  • You may have to urinate more often.
  • You may become more sensitive to smell.
  • You may have a darkening of the area around the nipple (areola).
  • You may experience sensitivity in your gums and possibly bleeding gums.

~NewParent, Click the link for a more complete list: Pregnancy Symptoms also check out our article “How Early Can You Have Morning Sickness in a New Pregnancy.”

Symptoms will pass in time. Remind yourself of this often.

Nesting, if you suddenly have the urge to redo your home and start that nursery, it’s normal.

Nesting is common and is considered to be an instinct to prepare for birth, but not all pregnant women experience the nesting instinct. It is common for women to get the urge to clean and organize during the spring, thus the old adage, “spring cleaning.”

A growing belly. You could begin to show at the end of your first trimester or more into your second. 

Average weight gain is 25-35 pounds but the timing of your weight gain will vary. Some women may even lose weight in their first trimester due to nausea and vomiting, while others will be in maternity clothes by the end of their twelfth week. 

You are sure to experience much more, but I wish the most enjoyable and remarkable pregnancy journey. I hope you get to take it all in stride. It may be time to rent What To Expect When Your Expecting!

Laugh and cry, know that you are not alone, and be in the moment.

“I just wanted the glow. The one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines.”

Who knows, maybe you will be “like a magical pregnancy unicorn.”


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