Pregnancy brings with it a lot of expectations, as well as a lot of myths. It’s important to really understand what’s happening with your body, and how your baby is growing. Let’s take a look at some of the must-know basics that will help you greatly during your first pregnancy:
- It’s going to be a long time before you show. A mom in her first pregnancy usually won’t start showing until the sixth month of pregnancy. That can be a little bit frustrating for you. The pregnancy belly can even feel like a badge of honor, and you want to show it off. Of course, just because you won’t show doesn’t mean your body won’t change shape.
- You’ll want to start wearing comfortable clothes as soon as possible. That means maternity clothes. Many moms avoid maternity pants during their first pregnancy, but the sooner the better. They’re comfortable, and they will bend and shape as your body bends and shapes.
- Morning sickness can happen any time, or all the time. It’s not just during the morning that you can feel pregnancy-related nausea. You might have it just in the evenings. You might have it all day long. The good news is that it will most likely disappear by the end of the first trimester. If you have extreme morning sickness accompanied by vomiting, talk to your doctor for some help.
- You’re going to sweat a lot. Every part of you is going to sweat. Keep a portable fan as well as an extra bottle of deodorant wherever you go.
- You’ll also need a change of clothes. An extra set of clothes and underwear can be helpful. You might find yourself unable to contain your bladder, and it will keep you from having to go back home just to change.
- You’re going to feel weird. Sometimes, you’re going to become forgetful. You’re likely to feel a bit moody. It’s all part of the package. Go with the flow, and talk with your friends and family about it ahead of time so they’re not thrown off guard as well.
Your first pregnancy can be a wonderful thing. The more you know and learn, the better off you’ll be.