Your Baby This Week
Your Body This Week
- One of the first effects of higher hormone levels is breast tenderness. Your breasts may become tender and extremely sensitive. They also may feel fuller and heavier. When this starts to happen, it’s a good idea to wear a very supportive bra or a sports bra.
- Nausea is also a result of the higher levels of hormones. If you have not had nausea so far, count your blessings. This is the dreaded side effect of pregnancy. It’s usually called ‘morning sickness’ because most women experience the nausea in the morning. For some, the nausea can last all day. Have patience. The bouts of nausea will usually start to go away after the first trimester of pregnancy. Contact your doctor if you have bouts of nausea that are severe, you cannot keep foods down, you feel dizzy when you stand up, there is blood in your vomit, or if you are only passing a small amount of urine.
- Many women report that they feel extremely fatigued within the first few weeks of pregnancy. This too is a result of the increased hormone production. To prepare for the baby, your body is now using extra resources such as blood and nutrients. You may notice that your heart is beating faster and you get worn out quicker than usual. To combat this fatigue, make sure to get plenty of rest and include some light physical activity in your daily routine.