Even before she knows she's pregnant, she will notice breast changes. Her breasts become tender. Her nipples become tender. Her breasts enlarge slightly and increase during the entire pregnancy. Some other changes are generalized gas production, so constipation as well as gas bloating of the belly occurs. These are some of the changes that people come to hospital complaining of when they don't even know they're pregnant. Other early changes occur in the skin. There are some slight pigment changes in the face or all over the body. Some women can get increased oil production also in early pregnancy.
Some of the changes in the breast that occur include increased growth of the actual cells of the breasts. Initially they increase number. This is very early. Then during rest of the pregnancy the glandular and ductal cells grow in number and actually expand, get ready to fill with milk, which will happen right after delivery.
Causes for morning sickness are not always clear. There is some thought, that hormones change increases in progesterone and estrogen causing morning sickness. Usually about 70 to 80 percent women suffer from morning sickness during early pregnancy; some even begin noticing nausea as early as four to eight weeks.
Sex while pregnancy is normally safe though you may adjust your position to allow for that bump. Women who have a history of miscarriage may be advised to avoid having intercourse during the first trimester and those with a history of early births should avoid it in the final trimester. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. You may want to consult your doctor if you notice bleeding in the early months.
Although most airlines will allow you to fly until week 36, you need to check with each one and with your doctor before booking any tickets. Most airlines require a letter from your doctor that you are fit to fly. Make sure to stretch your legs and walk around during the flight and drink plenty of water. It's also a good idea to ask for an aisle seal, so you don't disturb your neighbor when making those frequent trips to the rest room.
Regular exercise during pregnancy has been linked to less weight gain and fat deposits that may help prevent gestational diabetes. Regular aerobic activity prior to or early in pregnancy has also been linked to a reduction in the risk of preeclampsia. A complete exercise program helps to prevent deconditioning, promotes retention of muscle, bone and connective tissue; relieves stress; prepares a mother for labor; helps to maintain range of motion; and may relieve some discomforts induced by pregnancy. In the absence of either medical or obstetric complications, 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise a day on most, if not all, days of the week is recommended for pregnant women"
As your blood volume increases, you need to increase your fluid intake. Drink water rather than high-calorie fizzy drinks, which are full of sugar and can make nausea and heartburn worse. Even if you have fluid retention, do not reduce your fluid intake; try to drink up to six glasses of water each day. Drinking fluid can also prevent constipation, a common problem in pregnancy.
Yes, there are chances of you getting pregnant while breast-feeding. Breast-feeding is up to 98% effective as a natural contraceptive for up to six months after childbirth if your period has not returned. This method of birth control is called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method or LAM
Every woman is different. Several factors individual to each new mother may affect her starting date, including the labor and birth experience (vaginal vs. c-section), your baby's disposition, your exercise history and how much energy you have. Typically, if you were taking prenatal exercise classes, you can return to classes at 3-4 weeks post partum. Be sure to speak with your physician or nurse about your desire to begin exercise.
Depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year after delivery is called prenatal depression. The exact number of women with depression during this time is unknown, But researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy. Often, the depression is not recognized or treated, because some normal pregnancy changes cause similar symptoms and are happening at the same time. Tiredness, sleeping problems, stronger emotional reactions, and changes in body weight during pregnancy and after pregnancy. But these symptoms may also be signs of depression.