Your Baby This Week
Your Body This Week
- Mood swings. You may find that you are happy and excited one minute and crying the next. Don’t be overly concerned. This is normal. Your brain and body is trying to get used to its new level of hormones. Pregnancy is a very emotional time anyway, so when you factor in the hormonal changes, mood swings are to be expected.
- You may also notice that you have the need to urinate more frequently. This is due to your uterus being larger than usual and pressing against your bladder. Again, quite normal and to be expected.
- Some women experience heartburn early in their pregnancy because the hormone progesterone can cause the valve between the stomach and the oesophagus to relax, allowing stomach acid to enter the oesophagus. Much later in a pregnancy, heartburn and indigestion is caused by the weight of the baby pushing on the stomach. Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any over the counter medications for heartburn.
- Headaches are also common in early pregnancy. It’s not fully understood why but it’s assumed that they are due to the higher levels of hormones as well. Again, make sure to talk to your doctor prior to taking over the counter medications for headaches.