Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy

For most women, pregnancy marks the beginning of one of the most profound life changing experiences they will ever have. Just relax and enjoy your growing baby and get ready for the ride of your life!

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes to accommodate the baby growing inside you. Your body is your baby’s home for the next nine months and as your baby grows your body will grow and change to accommodate this new life. Pregnancy is physically demanding and often an extremely emotional time in a woman’s life. So make sure you get plenty of rest, make time to exercise, have regular ante-natal checkups and look after your increased nutritional needs including taking a nutritional supplement such as MamaCare.

Pregnancy is usually broken up into 3 stages known as the first, second and third trimester. Each trimester lasts approximately 3 months and has different characteristics.

During the first 14 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester), your body will undergo many changes as it begins to support your growing baby. Your period stopping is a clear sign that you are pregnant. Other changes may include extreme tiredness, breast changes, morning sickness and food cravings.

Most women who feel tired or unwell with morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy usually start to feel much better in their second trimester. The nausea and vomiting should begin to taper off and you will probably have more energy. The second trimester is therefore a great time to tackle many of the tasks necessary to get ready for your baby.

At this time there are other changes happening to your body. Your abdomen is beginning to get bigger and toward the middle of this stage, you will definitely be feeling your baby’s movements. Some other changes you may experience are a bit of heartburn and indigestion and possibly your hands and feet may begin to swell.

During the third trimester, some of the same discomforts you have already been experiencing will continue and your body will begin to feel awkward and heavy. Everyday things like getting in and out of bed may become difficult. Many women need to go to the bathroom more often and they may experience shortness of breath due to the baby putting more pressure on your organs.  You may start to experience your first Braxton Hicks contractions. The final weeks are a time when you body is really preparing for birth.

Pregnancy, birth and new motherhood is truly an amazing time in your life.  Your body has the important task to supply your baby with everything it needs in the weeks and months ahead so it needs to be strong and healthy  You will spend nine months growing your baby inside you, and by the end of the third trimester, your body has prepared itself for its toughest challenge – labour. Throughout your pregnancy and beyond, make sure you get plenty of rest and gentle exercise and enjoy a nutritious diet which includes a nutritional supplement specifically developed for Pre-pregnancy, Pregnant and Breastfeeding women like MamaCare.