What to expect when you’re expecting!
Article written by:
Ms. Lauren Grech,
B.Sc. (Hons.) (Melit.) MidwiferyDo you think you could be pregnant? Are you pregnant? Have you experienced any symptoms at any point during your pregnancy? Some discomforts are expected during this period as they come with the package pregnancy brings with it. But do not worry! Some might experience very few of these or none at all; so you might be lucky! However, several women might experience discomfort during this period. Having said this, we’ve got you covered! Here you will be provided with brief explanations of what’s going on in your body and the reasons why.
Do you ever wonder how often you constantly need to urinate during your first trimester and all of a sudden, this feeling stops? Let’s explain some basic female anatomy first. When you’re not pregnant, the uterus (the organ carrying your baby) lies behind the bladder (the balloon-like organ which holds urine), tilting a little forward inside the pelvis. When an embryo starts growing inside the uterus, it exerts pressure on the bladder, causing the need to void the bladder frequently even if a very small volume of urine is produced. This sensation will eventually end after the first trimester because as the uterus grows further, the direct pressure on the bladder stops… basically, that’s when you start showing! Not to alarm you, but this sensation might reappear in your last trimester. Let’s face it; a 3kg baby is bound to create some pressure down there!
Let’s now talk about the famous morning sickness. Sometimes it may either be nausea or vomiting. However, on other occasions it is nausea AND vomiting. Sometimes it does not occur in the morning at all. No, it’s not the dodgy take away you had the night before (well it could be, but if you are pregnant, chances are that this is the primary cause). There is a reason why your body makes you feel so miserable – it has to do with your raging hormones. When you get to learn about being pregnant, most of your female reproductive hormones rapidly rise in your bloodstream (no wonder they say you are hormonal!) causing a big wave inside your body. Some women are not affected but some other are greatly affected by this. Having a slice of toast or some crackers before getting up from bed might help. It’s a good excuse to ask your partner to get you breakfast in bed… it’s worth a shot!
This hormonal change might bring about a lot of other symptoms; including acid reflux, heartburn or indigestion. Ingested food might not be digested properly due to muscle relaxation and less space for your stomach as you grow along. Try to eat small yet frequent meals to avoid having an empty stomach (which makes the feeling worse) but at the same time try not overloading it with large portions of food. Of course, if all these symptoms persist, consult your doctor or pharmacist as there are plenty of remedies.
To be continued…
© Lauren Marie Grech