1st Month Of Pregnancy Symptoms

Congratulations on your exciting news! Now that you have shared your dreams of becoming a parent, you’re probably patiently waiting for your belly to grow. The size of your pregnant belly and when it appears depends more on you than it does on the size of your baby. These factors play a role – but first, let’s take a look at how big you should expect to get during pregnancy so that you can understand what to expect as far as your own body goes

Your body goes through a lot of changes in the first month of pregnancy, and it can be hard to tell what’s normal. This article addresses common questions about this amazing time, so you know what to expect and feel more connected with your baby.

Your body goes through a lot of changes in the first month of pregnancy, and it can be hard to tell what’s normal. This article addresses common questions about this amazing time, so you know what to expect and feel more connected with your baby.

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Being 1 month pregnant is a little like standing at the starting line of a marathon: You know you have a long way to go until the end, but you’re ready for the challenge. You’ve been waiting for this. Bring it on, pregnancy!

The anticipation and excitement is often what the first month of pregnancy is all about. Here’s what else you can expect this month.

What does ‘1 month pregnant’ really mean? 

You’re 1 month pregnant, but your baby is only, like… 14 days old? How does that work?

Welcome to the first (but definitely not last) often confusing thing about pregnancy: your gestational age. Pregnancy is measured, or dated, from the first day of your last period.

No, you weren’t pregnant then, and yes, it can seem odd that it works this way, but the actual date of conception can be pretty hard to pin down.

Besides, before we knew so much about conception, we knew through observation that people (on average) tended to give birth about 40 weeks after the start of their last period.

So if you’re 1 month pregnant, it means your last period started about 1 month ago, but since you probably didn’t conceive your baby until about 14 days later, they’re only 2 weeks old. Your baby will always be “younger” than your pregnancy.

Don’t freak out, though: The whole world of obstetrics and fetal development revolves around gestational age, so sticking with that number means you’re in line with everyone else’s milestones and expectations.

About that belly… bloat or baby? 

The pee stick on your pregnancy test is barely dry, but you swear there’s already a baby bump bulging over the top of your skinny jeans. Is it for real?

Yes — and no! Yes, you probably do have some abdominal swelling, but it’s most likely caused by first trimester bloating, not the size of your uterus.

Just like when you get all puffy right before your period, the increase in progesterone (and a bunch of other reproductive hormones) that happens with conception can cause bloating.

At this stage, your uterus is starting to expand but is still pretty small, so it’s not likely to be the reason for your tight-fitting pants.

That is, unless this isn’t your first baby, in which case you could be seeing the makings of a baby bump this early: Because your abdominal muscles are weakened from your previous pregnancy, they’re ready to fall right back into saggy shape as soon as any kind of uterine growth happens.

Symptoms at 1 month pregnant 

This early in pregnancy, you’re not likely to notice a ton of symptoms. You just got a positive pregnancy test result, after all! “Feeling” pregnant really ramps up in month 2, but that doesn’t mean the first month is void of symptoms. Here are some things you might notice:

Fatigue

You don’t know it yet, but your body is working overtime to make itself a hospitable environment for your baby. That’s tiring!

Sore boobs

Hormones, like progesterone and estrogen, are increasing, and that can make your breasts feel tender (just like with PMS).

Cramping and belly pains

OK, this one makes people a little nervous, but having mild cramps or stomach pain isn’t unusual this early in pregnancy. Your uterus is going through a lot of changes — that’s bound to cause some discomfort.

Plus, remember the bloating we talked about before? That can make you constipated and gassy, too, which might make your tummy feel not so great.

None of this should be intensely painful, though; it might just feel like period cramps.

Peeing all the time

We wish we could say this symptom will go away in the second trimester, but the truth is you may need to know where all the bathrooms are, all the time, until your baby is born. Your kidneys ramp up waste production during pregnancy, so you’re going to be peeing a lot.

Spotting

Just like with cramping, this one panics a lot of people but is also common in early pregnancy. Light pink or brown spotting is generally OK; it can be the result of implantation, increased hormones, cervix irritation, or uterine cramping. Full-on bleeding, however, is worth checking out with your doctor.

No puking — yet

Contrary to popular belief, most folks aren’t starting the day with a good ol’ fashioned puking sesh just yet — morning sickness usually starts around 6 weeks and reaches a peak at 8 or 9 weeks. Some people feel sick right away, but this early in your pregnancy you’re more likely to have a vomit-free window before the real fun kicks in.

Fetal development at 1 month pregnant 

Baby is working hard on developing from a fertilized egg full of multiplying cells into what we call an embryo. They’ll stay an embryo until the end of month 2 when they officially become a fetus.

Right now, your baby is only about 6 or 7 millimeters in size, but growing quickly and already starting to build up their organ systems. The placenta and umbilical cord are forming, too, to nourish your baby through your pregnancy.

Figuring out your due date

Your doctor will typically use the first day of your last period to calculate your due date by adding 40 weeks to that date.

This only works if you have normal menstrual cycles, though. It assumes that you conceived 14 days after your last period started. If your cycles are shorter or longer than the average 28 days, you might not have conceived around day 14 of your cycle. In that case, the calculated due date will be inaccurate.

If you know precisely when you conceived (e.g., you only had sex the one time) and it wasn’t around day 14, you can talk to your doctor about adjusting your due date. However, they may not feel it’s necessary unless you have reason to think the numbers are way off.

If you know your cycles skew closer to 35 or 40 days, your doctor may order an early ultrasound to more accurately date your pregnancy.

Remember, even if you didn’t conceive exactly on day 14, as long as your cycles are average length, your due date will be close enough — it’s only an estimate, anyway!

Checklist for your pregnancy

There’s not a whole lot to accomplish at 1 month pregnant, other than coming to terms with the existential reality that your entire life is going to change forever within the next year (no pressure!). But there are a couple of things you might want to tackle:

  • Schedule an appointment with a midwife or OB-GYN to confirm your pregnancy. Most docs won’t see you until you’re at least 8 weeks along, but you can make the appointment now if you want.
  • Sleep. You’ll need it, not just throughout your whole pregnancy but afterwards, too!
  • Start making a plan for eating well and exercising during pregnancy. You might not be able to get started until after morning sickness comes and goes, but it doesn’t hurt to think about it now.
  • If you haven’t already, kick dangerous habits — like smoking, drug use, and drinking — to the curb so you can have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
  • Start taking a prenatal vitamin. You don’t necessarily a prescription — the ones available over-the-counter are just as good. Be sure it has at least 400 micrograms of folic acid.

When to see a doctor 

At 1 month pregnant, you’re probably feeling decent — a little excited, a little nervous, and super tired, but decent. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, give your doctor a call. You may have an infection or could, sadly, be experiencing an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage:

  • severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • signs of a urinary tract infection or yeast infection
  • bright red vaginal bleeding or bleeding that soaks through a pad
  • fever
  • severe dizziness or headache
  • severe nausea or vomiting

The takeaway

You’re on the brink of something pretty huge at 1 month pregnant, and it may be both thrilling and terrifying!

Your baby is developing at the speed of light in your uterus, but any baby bump you see this early is likely to be caused by hormonal bloating, not actual baby growth.

Still, there are a lot of new things happening, so calculate your due date, get as much rest as you can, and try to stay calm… you’ve got a long way to go, baby!

70 Early Signs Of Pregnancy

Wondering if you may be pregnant? Have you been trying to conceive for a while and just cannot wait to find out if there may be a baby growing inside you? Pregnancy in women begins with an embryo or an egg that attaches to the lining of the uterus after it has been fertilised with male sperm. A woman’s monthly periods are basically unfertilised eggs being flushed out of the body due to no sperm interaction. Therefore, the first and most obvious sign of pregnancy is generally a missed period. Taking a pregnancy test is also an effective way to identify early pregnancy, however, sometimes the timing of the test is crucial in determining an accurate result.

Some other signs your pregnant may include:

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic where seeking medical assistance may be risky for many people, MFine offers online doctor consultations where patients can easily speak with leading gynaecologists through instant chat and video consultations and discuss any pregnancy-related symptoms and issues.

This article will take you through some other signs your pregnant in Indian mothers. Keep in mind that not everyone will experience all these signs, nevertheless, it is common for pregnant women to experience at least a few of them.

Chapter 1: What are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

With a number of changes taking place in the body to get ready for the next 9 months, many which sign is considered as welcome sign in pregnancy begin. Having a comprehensive understanding of these can help you identify clear signs, which in turn, can help you prepare for what’s to come.

But every pregnancy and body is different, and not every mother will experience the same set of symptoms of early pregnancy. This is why we got in touch with 7 different women to tell us their stories. Through them, we witness about early pregnancy signs before missed period unfolds, showing us how unique the initial encounter with motherhood can be.

But before we hear their stories, let’s dive into the set of symptoms that are specific to pregnancy, which are strong indicators that you have conceived.

Early indications of pregnancy

There are a few sure shot ways to know you are pregnant, which are listed below.

  1. A pregnancy test
    This is the most obvious sign of pregnancy. A positive pregnancy test very rarely displays a false positive, especially because it detects hCG in the urine or blood, which is a pregnancy hormone. The only way a false positive may show up if there is a presence of drugs or other traces of other substances in the bloodstream.
  2. A missed period
    A period may be late due to stress, travel, or other such factors. But a missed period occurs only for a few select reasons, such as underlying medical conditions like PCOS, or more commonly, because of a successful pregnancy. If you typically have regular menstrual cycles and have missed your period after having been sexually active, then chances are that conception was successful!
  3. Implantation bleeding
    As we saw earlier, light spotting can be a symptoms of early pregnancy, but implantation bleeding is different from that. This type of bleeding occurs when the embryo embeds itself in the uterus. This appears as mild bleeding for up to 48 hours.
  4. Darkening of skin
    The surge of hormones results in increased melanin production. This appears much more strongly on areas of the body where melanin is already present heavily. Because of this, these areas can become even darker. Most women find that their nipples and areolas appear darker. This symptom does not show up as a sign of PMS either.
  5. Brittle nails 
    Pregnancy affects all parts of the body. Since blood pressure and hormone levels are elevated, you may find that your nails are thinner, and crack more easily. They may also grow much quicker and can be longer than usual.
  6. Difficulty in brushing teeth
    Of all the 70 really early signs of pregnancy, you wouldn’t expect having a hard time brushing your teeth to make it to the list. But in reality, pregnancy nausea can also make your gag reflex more reactive. In addition to this, pregnancy hormones can lead to gum diseases like gingivitis. This is why it is recommended to many expecting Indian mothers that they switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and practise good oral hygiene.
  7. Bitter taste in mouth
    You may find a bitter taste in your mouth as well, and this is caused by acid reflux and heartburn. Progesterone causes smooth muscles in the body to relax, which includes the lower muscles of the oesophagus and the muscles of the intestines. The latter results in the formation of gas, and as this rises in the body, stomach acids and undigested foods may also rise up.
  8. Raised basal body temperature
    Basal body temperature usually stays high after ovulation and remains this way after conception. This is a good indicator of the fact that implantation is successful because it means that the pregnancy hormones are in play and are working to prepare the body for pregnancy. In fact, many couples use this as a way to measure their likelihood of getting pregnant.
  9. Increased vaginal discharge
    Early signs of pregnancy discharge are something all pregnant women experience. This vaginal discharge is just like the kind that is released during and after ovulation and can increase over time. If you face a problem with these early signs of pregnancy discharge, it can be helpful to wear a panty liner.

Pregnancy during COVID-19 outbreak 

The COVID-19 outbreak that is far from subsiding in India, proves to be of extra danger to pregnant women. The second wave of coronavirus disease that is ravaging the country currently is not only affecting the elderly with comorbidities but also kids, teenagers and younger people with no comorbidities. One among the high-risk groups are pregnant ladies.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women are at higher risk in developing respiratory issues than women who aren’t conceived. This can be aggravated if the pregnant woman has underlying conditions like hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes. They are more likely to be put on a ventilator. Hence it is necessary to take precautions such as staying indoors, double masking, and sanitising your surroundings frequently if you detect early signs of pregnancy.

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Ectopic pregnancies

This medical condition is quite rare and occurs when the egg does not attach to the uterine wall. Instead, it attaches itself elsewhere, like the cervix, fallopian tubes, or even the abdominal cavity. Essentially, the fertilized egg attaches itself outside of the uterus.

Since an egg cannot grow outside of the uterus, this can become potentially life-threatening if it goes unaddressed. The growth can cause damage to other organs and may result in copious bleeding.

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are important to identify early on so that immediate medical attention can be provided. The signs and symptoms of early pregnancy are:

If you experience these symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor immediately. Any delays can cause symptoms and pain to become more significant, which can cause harm to the mother. The doctor will help guide you through the next steps to take.

Real women and their stories

1. Padma Ramamurthy

Padma (name changed for anonymity) and her husband were overjoyed when she took the pregnancy test and two pink stripes appeared on the test kit. “I knew in the first week itself. It was just a feeling… but I avoided telling anyone, even my husband, out of the fear that I might be
getting my hopes up. But when I took that test, I had never been more sure of anything in my life!”

While Padma knew intuitively that she was pregnant, she also reported noticing other signs and symptoms in the first 3 weeks leading up to the test. Her nails grew longer much quicker (which she thought she was imagining), she slept more than usual, and she could no longer call herself a coffee lover. And along with this, there were a few other interesting symptoms. Here are the top 7 pregnancy symptoms she says affected her most.

10. Vivid dreams

One of the signs that you are pregnant is the onset of different sleep patterns. With so many physiological changes taking place to accommodate the growth of the baby, many women experience bouts of insomnia and weeks where they need more
hours of sleep and rest than usual. With more sleep and a high level of different hormones in the body, many pregnant women often report that they experience detailed, vivid dreams. There are also a lot of changes taking place mentally and emotionally alongside the physical processes, which can impact dreams as well.

11. Intuition

This is one of the most fascinating symptoms of the early pregnancy signs. We have all heard about a mother’s intuition, but this actually appears much early on as 1 month pregnant symptoms. Most expecting mothers already know intuitively when they have conceived and are pregnant. This may be because a woman
is more in tune with her body and its cues, but there is also significant research and evidence that states that neurological changes occur when you are pregnant. To prepare for the birth, the brain changes its neural pathways to become connected to the child’s, which work to influence one another during gestation.

12. Forgetfulness

Another common 1st-month pregnancy symptoms some women experience is forgetfulness. Forgetfulness during early pregnancy is also known as pregnancy brain or brain fog, which occurs because of a combination
of symptoms like fatigue, insomnia,
nausea, back pain, mood swings, and more.

13. Frequent burping

Immediate signs of pregnancy can include frequent burping for some expecting mothers. This is mainly because of the elevated levels of progesterone, a pregnancy hormone. One of the side effects of this increase is that the muscles of
the intestines are more relaxed, which causes the muscles to work slower, which in turn causes digestion to slow down. This leads to the build-up of gas, causing you to burp more often.

14. Lack of focus

During PMS and pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes different changes that impact her mental state as well. Insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, swollen breasts, back pain, cramps, gastrointestinal problems, and other such issues can make it difficult to focus as the body is undergoing a lot.

15. Shortness of breath

One of the really early signs of pregnancy is experiencing shortness of breath. However, on its own, it is generally not regarded as one of the major first signs of pregnancy. But when considered with other symptoms, it may indicate the increase of progesterone, which causes the need to take breaths of air more often. This helps expand lung capacity in order to carry oxygen to both the mother and baby.

16. Coffee aversion

Many people experience an aversion to coffee, and this symptom can appear as early as the second week since conception. This may be because of nausea or the body’s general inclination to protect the fetus. Pregnancy day by day will also show you that certain foods which could be potentially dangerous to the fetus or lack nutritional value might trigger nausea and vomiting further. You can consult with a dietician to understand this better and work on incorporating a more suitable meal plan.

2. Sanjana Ghorpade

Sanjana, unlike Padma, did not understand at first what was happening to her body. “Mahesh and I had been trying for a baby for a few months by the time it finally happened. I was a little emotionally drained after that, so when it did happen,
I didn’t see it coming. I experienced so many different symptoms, and I thought there was something terribly wrong with me for the longest time.”

“Some of the signs weren’t so alarming, but they were definitely frustrating… for example, I’d begun to drool! And I don’t think I have ever drooled before. But when I missed my period, that’s when I knew.” Sanjana also experienced physical symptoms
that she hadn’t experienced since puberty, like acne and thinning hair. Her rashes also forced her to take oatmeal baths to help relieve the itching. Below are a few of the intense clues her body gave her when she conceived.

17. Itching on the stomach

One of the symptoms of getting pregnant is an itchy belly. This is attributed to the change in the balance of different hormones, which can dry out the skin. This tends to occur on the stomach more as the belly grows to accommodate the growing fetus, which causes stretch marks. For a few women, this starts early and may develop into an itchy, bumpy rash in the final trimester which is known as a PUPPP rash.

18. Congestion

In the first month of pregnancy, you may experience congestion. This is because there is an automatic increase in the production of blood to increase supply for the baby. Combined with the elevated levels of hormones, this can cause the mucus membranes in the nasal passage to swell up slightly, leading to a stuffy nose.

19. Drooling

Some expecting Indian mothers have reported that they salivate more, which tends to show up close to the appearance of other 1st-month pregnancy symptoms. While there is not much that is known for why this occurs, specialists have a few guesses. It may be to help protect the mouth from the negative effects of stomach acid and the frequent vomiting when morning sickness rolls around. This can also show up as pregnancy symptoms at 5 weeks or later, and varies from case to case.

20. Tingling sensation in your stomach

This symptom of pregnancy may show up in the first few weeks after conception and can be attributed to cramps caused by gastrointestinal issues as pregnancy hormones are elevated during this time.

21. UTIs

Pregnancy symptoms after missed periods can include the development of urinary tract infections. This can be because of the increased urination and elevated hormone levels. You should consult with a gynaecologist/urologist if this persists.

22. Feeling sick with cold or flu

Because your body witnesses a number of different changes at every level, it is normal that your immunity will see a dip during this time. Feeling sick with a cold or the flu can be one of the very first symptoms of pregnancy as the body begins to feel fatigued slowly right after ovulation. If the symptoms do not go away with rest, fluids, and your regular doses of medicine, it can become a cause for concern. In which case, you may want to contact your general physician.

In the current situation, having a cold or flu could also be a symptom of COVID-19. Make sure to get your symptoms assessed to determine whether you need to go in for further treatment.

23. Increased sweat

This is perfectly normal since the body experiences hot flushes with increased blood supply, blood flow, and higher hormone levels. This causes the body’s temperature to rise, which is countered by excessive sweating to help cool the body down.
This may also result in sweaty hands and feet. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water can help relieve this problem. But as the pregnancy progresses, you may require ice chips and air conditioning to remain cool.

24 .Bleeding gums

Pregnancy symptoms at 5 weeks might include trouble with bleeding gums. People who have not given birth before may not know about the importance of dental care during pregnancy. The hormonal changes that occur cause gums to be increasingly
vulnerable to the buildup of plaque, which can lead to inflammation. This can worsen to bleeding. You should consider speaking with a dentist to help you with this problem.

25. Acne

1-month pregnant symptoms can include the onset of acne. With so many different hormones coursing through the body, the skin tends to become oily. This can clog pores and cause acne breakouts. Most pregnant women experience inflamed patches of skin and acne during the first two trimesters. A dermatologist or skin specialist can help provide a solution to this problem.

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26. Thinning of hair

While this is not a common symptom, some women do report that they experience hair thinning during their pregnancy. This can be caused by the imbalance of pregnancy hormones.

27. Vaginal discharge

Early signs of pregnancy discharge can include thick whitish discharge that can cause an itching sensation. This is commonly referred to as a yeast infection and can be identified by its resemblance to cottage cheese. Yeast infections become
increasingly common through the pregnancy calendar week by week, especially in the first two trimesters when hormonal changes are higher, resulting in the disruption of the pH balance of the vagina. A gynaecologist consultation can help you prevent this.

3. Aditi Mallya

When you have allergies, your pregnancy might affect those symptoms as well. This is what Aditi experienced firsthand as well. “I didn’t have too many symptoms at first, to be honest. A friend of mine who was a few months pregnant already did tell
me that my nose bleeds might have meant I was finally pregnant. She said she had 2 or 3 herself in her first few weeks. She was quite insistent too since it was her second pregnancy. But I shrugged it off and blamed the weather.”

Aditi’s experiences are quite interesting as she also began to experience harsh reactions to bright colours. “My husband insisted on having a yellow bathroom when we moved houses so that our mornings would start on a ‘more cheerful’ note. I thought it was
tacky but gave in. For years I’ve grudgingly accepted it, but when I started getting intense headaches, I was quite baffled. I had to start using the guest bathroom instead!”

28. Dry mouth

While some women produce more saliva, others experience a dry mouth. This can be for two reasons – one, that your oral hygiene is affected by the excess hormone production, or two because the body needs more water during pregnancy. The latter
the reason is that the baby will also need water to develop, which is why the brain signals to the body to help meet this requirement.

29. Nose bleeds

For the same reason that women experience nasal congestion, others experience nose bleeds. With higher blood supply, the membranes in the nose can swell up and become inflamed. This can cause the nose to dry out which can trigger nose bleeds.

30. Pollen allergies

Some women experience worsened allergies during their pregnancy. This can be in the form of watery eyes, increased sneezing, and stuffy noses. To treat this, speak to your general physician about a remedy. If this is the first time you are
experiencing allergy symptoms, consider taking an allergy test to determine the cause.

31. Shivering

While feeling hot is the common issue faced by most pregnant women, another common symptom that shows up is feeling cold and shivering. This is nothing to worry about as the body temperature may fluctuate with so many ongoing internal processes.

32. Increased sensitivity to colour

Pregnant women can become quite sensitive to bright colours, and while there is not enough research behind this, it may be because of the changes in the brain and hormone levels.

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4. Meenakshi S.

“This was my second pregnancy, actually. So when the same symptoms started up when my husband and I were trying again, he and I joked that we should just show up at our OBGYN.”

However, Meenakshi experienced one symptom that she hadn’t in her previous pregnancy. “The spotting was new to me. I was scared it was a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. So I consulted
with a doctor online who told me that my symptoms were mild, so it was probably just the embryo attaching itself to my uterus. But she told me to observe the bleeding for a day or two and to see a doctor if it hadn’t stopped by then. Thankfully, we didn’t have to.”

33. Frequent passage of gas

Progesterone causes the muscles to relax, and this includes the intestines. Digestion slows down and this results in the buildup of gas. This can cause bloating and flatulence in pregnant women.

34. Diarrhoea

Symptoms of pregnancy in the first weeks of conception are heavily influenced by the shifting hormones, which impact bowel movement a lot. One of the earliest signs of pregnancy can be diarrhoea.
If this gets worse, you should talk to a gastroenterologist.

35. Hunger

Pangs of hunger become frequent as you progress through the pregnancy calendar week by week, and may show up more towards the early and final stages. Because the body is experiencing a surge of
hormones that are in flux, a rise and fall in hunger are completely normal. And towards the final trimester, this is also more common as the body requires more food for the baby as well.

36. Emotional

You may find yourself emotionally and having crying spells in early pregnancy. This could continue on throughout the 9 months and is because there is a mix of chemical changes taking place. However,
if you feel depressed or anxious, you should talk to a therapist to understand if your symptoms indicate mental health issues.

37. Spotting pregnancy

Spotting pregnancy signs may literally translate to spots of blood. This is nothing but implantation bleeding, and should not be confused for periods during first month of pregnancy. At the same
time, this should not last for over 2 days nor should it turn into heavy bleeding, as otherwise, it may indicate complications with the pregnancy.

38. Cramping

Cramps during pregnancy are common, and this too can be a sign of successful implantation of the embryo in the lining of the uterine wall. Hormonal changes also cause an increased buildup of gas,
so you may experience cramps during pregnancy for this reason as well.

39. Bloating

3 weeks pregnant symptoms and signs often comprise of bloating. The implantation of the embryo can cause the uterine wall to swell, which can cause bloating. Additionally, because digestion slows down
with the hormonal changes occurring in the body, gas tends to build up in the intestines. For this reason, your belly may feel hard and round, which can cause physical discomfort. Drinking plenty of water,
staying away from caffeine, and avoiding spicy or oily foods can help curb this.

40. Back pain

Whether it is pregnancy symptoms at 5 weeks or 5 months, back pain is something that plagues expecting mothers right from the beginning. It starts early as a result of the body loosening ligaments and
joints to stretch the body to prepare for the growth of the baby. This can put a strain in the muscles in the lower back. As the baby grows, the weight can cause more stress to this area. Posture is very important
for this reason and you should speak to a doctor about maintaining this to avoid complications and further strain.

41. Lack of sleep

Insomnia is another of the many signs of one week pregnancy and ties back to other symptoms. The discomfort caused by other problems can make it difficult to fall asleep. Mainly, physical problems like back pain,
tender breasts, digestive issues, cramps, nausea, and headaches can cause this. But the inability to fall asleep may also be attributed to the effect of hormones on your mood and emotions. Practising yoga and other relaxation techniques can help you sleep better if this is the case.

5. Priyadarshini

For Priyadarshini, it took a while to understand her symptoms were signalling something else and not the onset of her period. “I have heavy PMS symptoms, and then a heavy period. This is normal for me. I was working on a big project at work
at the time and was under a lot of stress as well. So when I was late by a few days, I thought to myself that it must be the stress that is causing me to feel this way and it must be what is aggravating my symptoms.”

But when a week and a half passed and Priyadarshini still hadn’t gotten her period, her husband suggested that they purchase an at-home pregnancy kit. “It hadn’t occurred to me until he suggested it. And when the stick told us it was positive,
everything just clicked! I’ve worked in stressful situations before as well, and I never experienced these symptoms then. So, of course, it was this happy surprise!”

42. PMS symptoms

The body mimics PMS symptoms through the early stages of pregnancy because of how closely the two are related. Both processes see an increase in hormones like progesterone and estrogen, which result in the same bodily changes.

43. Fatigue

Apart from slowing down digestion and relaxing the muscles of the body, increased production of progesterone in the body lowers blood pressure. This drop can cause intense fatigue. Some may also experience dizziness, fainting, and
breathlessness. You should get plenty of rest, food, and fluids for this reason, and avoid overexerting yourself.

44. Increased heart rate

There is an increased supply of blood in the body, which is one of the major signs of getting pregnant. Because of this, your heart rate may increase by a little, and you may experience palpitations. This is completely normal and is not considered harmful.

45. High blood pressure

1 month pregnant symptoms can include high blood pressure, and this should be checked by a doctor if it persists. This can be harmful to pregnancy development and for the fetus growing inside.

46. Weight gain

Most weight gain in pregnancy takes place in the latter two trimesters. However, some women may find themselves gaining weight within the first few weeks of pregnancy. This may just be because of bloating and an increase in water weight.

47. Heartburn

Progesterone levels are elevated right from the first week of pregnancy. This hormone relaxes smooth muscles in the body, and since the muscles of the lower oesophagus fall in this category, it can become difficult for it to function normally.
This causes food and acids to rise up, which is known as acid reflux.

48. Dizziness

Both blood sugar and blood supply are affected in early pregnancy. This can cause lightheadedness, dizziness, and infrequent fainting spells. This is also caused by an increase in hormone production in the body.

49. Headaches

Many women complain of various head-related problems and these can be some of the first physical signs of pregnancy. This impacts vision and the nasal passage, which can lead to dull headaches. There is also an increase in stress and fatigue during
these initial few weeks of pregnancy, which can result in sinus headaches as well. If your headaches worsen, you should see a neurologist to make sure that there are no underlying causes for this that are of concern.

50. Increased thirst

As the body prepares for a pregnancy, the production of blood goes up. This is to help meet the requirements for the baby within the womb as well. Because of this, your body will need more nutrients and water, which is why the body signals a feeling of thirst more frequently.

51. Healthy hair

While some women experience hair thinning during pregnancy, many actually enjoy thicker hair during this period. With higher levels of estrogen in the body, hair can become fuller, thicker, and shinier. At the same time, it may promote changes in texture, and even the
excessive growth of hair in various places, including on the belly and breasts.

6. Deepali Kaushik

Deepali spoke to us about her troubles getting pregnant, and the difficulties she faced right from the beginning. “Pregnancy is nothing like most people make it out to be. At least, not for me. I had a few recurrent miscarriages before I could finally get through
my pregnancy to fruition. And once I did get pregnant, I had a hard time coping with the changes my body underwent.”

“Many of my friends spoke to me about their own troubles, which really helped me understand that this was normal. Pregnancy is a different experience for all, but the bundle of joy you have placed in your arms at the end of it makes it all worth it.”

52. Sensitivity to smell

This is probably one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. This sense of heightened smell occurs even more in women who experience pregnancy nausea and vomiting more.

53. Breast soreness

Two weeks pregnant symptoms tend to include breast soreness for many. To prepare for childbirth, the body begins to expand the milk ducts in the breasts. Because of this, the breasts can become heavier and swollen, which starts off as breast soreness to begin with.

54. Darkened areolas

Signs of one week pregnancy often show up as darkened areolas, which are the areas around the nipples. This is because melanin increases in areas that are already high in melanin due to the increase in hormones

Interesting fact:


Many believe that since the hormones affect the body to help it become ready for pregnancy, all changes to the breasts during pregnancy are to prepare for breastfeeding. This is why the milk ducts become bigger, and the darkening of the areola may be to help the newborn identify its food source with more ease.

56. Mood swings

Hormonal imbalances cause frequent mood swings, and this can be one of the major pregnancy symptoms after missed periods because there is a higher surge of progesterone and estrogen during this time. Mood swings in the first few weeks typically range from frustration and
irritation to sadness and sensitivity.

57. Food aversions

Most women find that they can no longer stomach the same foods once they are pregnant. Items that they previously had an appetite for may seem unappealing. These food intolerances can be attributed to the heightened sense of smell and increasing nausea. Regular morning sickness later
in the pregnancy can worsen this.

58. Frequent urination

Pregnancy can lead to the production of more urine, and this builds a frequent need to visit the bathroom. Since thirst is also heightened to help the body match water levels for the increased blood supply, pregnant women will urinate more.

59. Pregnancy glow

Because of the increase in blood supply, your skin may feel flushed. In addition to this, many women find that they feel hotter and sweat more as a result of this. All this can help give you a pregnancy glow.

60. Nausea

Digestion is usually quite off in the first few weeks, resulting in constipation, gas, and bloating. This can result in pregnancy nausea and even vomiting. There is also an increased formation of acid in the stomach, and with acid reflux becoming more frequent, nausea can build up even further.
To prevent this from worsening,
avoid oily and spicy foods. Consuming smaller meals can also go a long way in curbing nausea.

61. Metallic taste in the mouth

Your senses change during pregnancy, and this affects your taste as well. Many women find that they have a metallic taste in their mouth, which is what it would feel like to suck on old coins.

62. Hair loss

While this is not as common, it is still a sign of pregnancy in women who experience this. The surge in hormones can cause a shock to the body which causes thinning hair and increased hair fall. If you experience this, you may also want to get a thyroid test to confirm there aren’t any other
underlying causes for this.

7. Sneha Silva

Sneha (name changed for anonymity) happened to be one of the lucky ones, as her pregnancy happened around the same time as her sister-in-law’s pregnancy. “It was such a happy coincidence and I was very thankful since I had some guidance and support through it. My sister-in-law knew
we were trying to get pregnant, and when my instincts told me something was different, she urged me to get a test.”

“It was nice to have someone know what I was going through and to laugh about our symptoms together. We even began to have the same food cravings together!” While some women, like Deepali, have an aversion to lots of different foods, some other women experience intense cravings that they’ve never experienced before.

63. Change in libido

Pregnancy day by day can result in a number of different symptoms, many of which cause physical discomfort. Stress and elevated hormone levels also affect the mental, physical and emotional states. All of this can cause a change in libido, with women finding a decrease in sexual desire in the first few weeks
of pregnancy.

64. Cigarette aversion

When a woman is pregnant, the body begins to reject items of food that do not provide enough nutrition or may be potentially harmful to the child. A good example of this is the resulting aversion to coffee. Similarly, women who smoke will find themselves appalled by cigarettes. However, if you have a habit
of smoking, you may also want to take a smoker’s risk assessment test to ensure there are no underlying conditions that can cause harm to your health through the pregnancy.

65. Haemorrhoids

One of the problems experienced during pregnancy is the development of haemorrhoids in the first trimester. All the hormonal changes and imbalances can cause severe constipation, which results in the development of swollen lumps near the anus. These can be quite painful, and you should see a doctor at the
earliest if you experience this problem.

66. Heaviness in your stomach

A heavy stomach may be the result of the buildup of gas and stomach acids during pregnancy. To help flush this out, drink plenty of water.

67. Leg cramps

Early signs of pregnancy cramping are not limited to the stomach or uterus. Because of the increase in blood supply and expansion of the uterus, some women may experience leg cramps during pregnancy, especially at night.

68. Veins on breast

The blood supply to the breasts increases in the first few weeks of pregnancy, and this results in about 20-40% more blood volume within the breasts. Because of this, the veins in the breasts become a lot more prominent.

69. Tingling sensation on breasts

The supply of blood to the breasts increases due to elevated progesterone and estrogen in the body. This can make them a lot more sensitive, resulting in soreness, tenderness, and can even cause a tingling sensation. This may indicate that the milk ducts are also expanding to prepare the body
for motherhood.

70. Food cravings

Just as pregnant women find their tastes changing leading to food aversions, there are also strange food cravings that can come up. Many women find themselves attracted to foods they never had much of an affinity for and might find themselves physically craving these items.

Interesting fact:


Some pregnant women also find that they crave items without any nutritional value, like dirt, paint chips, or less dangerous items, like ice. This is known as pica and can be harmful to the health of the mother and baby. You should see a doctor if you experience this.

So now that you know the physical signs of pregnancy and the wide variety of symptoms that can show up, you can better assess your own need for a test. You may also be tempted to know pregnancy symptoms week by week, but any research will only show you a general overview. This is because while
these symptoms and others throughout your pregnancy are common, each individual is unique (as we have just seen) and experiences these 9 months in their own ways, which is what makes it all the more special!

Summary:
There are as many as early pregnancy signs before missed period and they range from some of the least to most obvious side effects of pregnancy. By signs, we mean the indicative health changes that you notice in pregnancy. Most of these symptoms will appear within the first month of pregnancy and may
last throughout the course of the 9 months. Others will disappear or decline by the second trimester or the start of the third. However, it’s important to note that each case is unique and sometimes even the most common pregnancy symptoms will be experienced differently by an expecting mother. It is also important to understand the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy so that they can be addressed before any further complications arise.

Symptoms Of Pregnancy During Periods

While some people may experience intermittent vaginal bleeding while they are pregnant, it isn’t possible to have a period. Menstruation only takes place in the absence of pregnancy. 

Each month, ovulation occurs when your ovary releases an egg to be fertilized by the sperm. The uterine lining thickens in anticipation of a fertilized egg being implanted, which then results in pregnancy. If an egg isn’t fertilized and implanted, both the egg and the uterine lining are shed through the vagina as menstrual blood.  

So, can you have a period while you’re pregnant? The short answer is no. Since you don’t ovulate — or release an egg — during pregnancy, you will not get your monthly period.

How rare is it to be pregnant and have your period?

Despite numerous claims, it isn’t possible to get your period while pregnant. Once the body starts the production of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), your periods stop. 

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Why you might experience a “period” during your first trimester 

Though people stop getting their period during pregnancy, it’s possible that they may still experience some bleeding. This bleeding does not necessarily indicate an underlying issue, but it’s important to understand the cause of it — and whether it’s time to see a health care provider. 

Bleeding tends to occur more often during the first trimester of pregnancy than the second or third. Estimates suggest that about 25 to 30 percent of pregnant people experience spotting at some point during their first trimester. There are a number of reasons for this bleeding.

Implantation bleeding: This refers to the light spotting that occurs about 10 to 14 days after conception, around the time when your period is due. Many people haven’t yet taken a pregnancy test at this point, so it’s easy to mistake the spotting for a period. This bleeding is lighter than a normal period, however, and only lasts for a couple of days. It occurs due to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterine lining. 

Cervical changes: Spotting can occur shortly after you get pregnant due to cervical changes, and particularly after having sexual intercourse. As long as no infection is present, there’s no need to be concerned about this. 

Other causes: Heavier bleeding that more closely resembles a period during the first trimester of pregnancy can indicate something more serious, including:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Infection
  • Miscarriage
  • Molar pregnancy
  • Subchorionic hemorrhage, also known as subchorionic hematoma (bleeding between the placenta and the wall of the uterus)
  • Gestational trophoblast disease (GTD), a rare group of tumors that grow from the cells that normally develop into the placenta

These are all medical emergencies, and it’s important to see a health care professional immediately. They are often accompanied by symptoms other than bleeding, including: 

  • Back pain
  • Severe abdominal pain or cramps
  • Loss of consciousness or faintness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Shoulder pain
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Uncontrollable vomiting and nausea
A doctor explains to a woman if she can have a period while she's pregnant

Bleeding later in pregnancy: why it happens

We’ve already discussed why it isn’t possible to have a period during pregnancy, and why some people may experience light bleeding or spotting during their first trimester. Bleeding during the second and third trimesters is possible, though not common, and it may be an indicator that something else is going on. If you experience bleeding later in your pregnancy, it’s important to see your health care provider. 

Potential reasons for mid- or late-term pregnancy bleeding include:

  • Sexual intercourse: Having sex during mid- and late pregnancy can cause some spotting or light bleeding due to increased sensitivity of the cervical and vaginal tissues during this time.
  • Preterm or term labor: This refers to delivery of the baby before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Cervical dilatation and uterine contractions generally occur to help the fetus move down, which can result in bleeding and a large amount of vaginal discharge. Other symptoms include a backache, abdominal cramping, changes in vaginal discharge, and a sensation of vaginal pressure.
  • Placenta previa: In this condition, the placenta is located close to or over the cervical opening. There are no symptoms other than vaginal bleeding, and it may hinder labor and delivery.
  • Placental abruption: This is a medical emergency that occurs during late pregnancy when the placenta starts separating from the uterine lining before the birth of the baby. It can cause heavy vaginal bleeding, as well as severe cramping and stomach pain. Certain health issues, like hypertension, may increase your risk of developing placental abruption.
  • Uterine rupture: This occurs when the uterine muscles tear or separate before or during labor. It’s considered a medical emergency, as it may result in uncontrolled vaginal bleeding. Though rare, the condition most often occurs in people who have a history of uterine surgery or cesarean delivery.

When to see your health care provider

Because it isn’t possible to get your period while pregnant, it’s important to be mindful of any bleeding you do experience during this time. While light bleeding or spotting during the first trimester is usually normal, bleeding that is accompanied by other symptoms may indicate something more serious, and it’s important to see a health care provider immediately. These symptoms include:

  • Cramping and pain
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Passing clots or heavy bleeding
  • Severe pain in your pelvis and stomach

It’s important to visit your health care provider if your bleeding is bright red in color and is heavy enough to soak through a pad. Pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy may indicate an ectopic pregnancy. If you suspect this, see your health care provider as soon as possible. 

There’s a lot of discussion surrounding pregnancy and periods, and we want to clear things up. Can you have a period and be pregnant? No. Since your period stops after your body starts producing hCG — also known as the pregnancy hormone — it isn’t possible to experience a true period during pregnancy. 

During the early stages of pregnancy, however, some people experience spotting or light bleeding — and it’s usually normal. This bleeding is called implantation bleeding, and it happens when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine lining. 

First trimester bleeding that occurs alongside other symptoms (like dizziness or pain) may indicate a more serious issue, such as ectopic pregnancy, infection, miscarriage, molar pregnancy, subchorionic hemorrhage, or cervical changes. If you are concerned and suspect an underlying cause for the bleeding, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention — many of these conditions are medical emergencies. 

It’s also possible to bleed during the middle and late stages of pregnancy. This bleeding is less common and may indicate a medical emergency such as preterm or term labor, placenta previa, placental abruption, or uterine rupture. Having sexual intercourse during the later stages can also cause bleeding, though it’s usually quite light.​

If you experience bleeding as well as symptoms like cramping, pain, fainting or dizziness, passing clots or heavy bleeding, and severe pain in your pelvis and stomach, be sure to see your health care provider right away.

One Month Pregnant Belly

When Will I Start To Show?

expecting mom holding pregnant belly

You shared your exciting news with family and friends, and now you’re just waiting for your belly to make the announcement to the rest of the world!

The size of your pregnant belly and when it appears depends more on you than it does on the size of your baby. These factors play a role in your growing belly:

  • Body shape
  • Bone structure
  • Muscle tone
  • Number of previous pregnancies
  • Height
  • Weight

We hope that, after looking at some of the factors above, it’s clear that each pregnant belly is unique, and it’s best not to compare yours with your friends’, colleagues’, or even sisters’.

Once your belly does start showing, the shape it takes on might not be what you see in the movies or online.

For example, a woman who carries more weight around her waist may not have a bump that’s very defined early on because the fat tissue around the area may prevent you from seeing a protrusion until much later in the pregnancy.

On the other hand, a woman with less body fat may show much earlier.

Another key factor that affects when you start showing is whether or not this is your first pregnancy. Women who have been pregnant before tend to develop a bump a few weeks earlier than first-time moms. They may also have bigger bumps.

The reason for this is simple: If you’ve been down this pregnancy road before, then your stomach muscles tend to not be as tight as they were the first time, so they’ll naturally stretch out a little faster.

Keep these pre-pregnancy factors in mind when you’re carrying your baby, and don’t judge a baby by its cover! Just because you’re not as big or small as other pregnant moms doesn’t necessarily mean your baby isn’t growing at the right speed.

Another thing to remember is that if you’re carrying multiples, you will most likely start to show sooner and your belly will expand bigger and faster than a woman who’s carrying one baby.

(Note: If you do have concerns about your size, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. It’s better to be overcautious than to dismiss a potential problem.)

Pregnant Belly: First Trimester (Weeks 1 to 12)

newly expecting mom checking her pregnant belly out

You may not notice much of a change in the size and shape of your belly, but you’ll sure feel like you’re pregnant even if you’re not showing yet!

Even though your belly isn’t stretching out quite yet, it’s the prime time to begin using Mustela’s Stretch Marks Cream. It’s never too early to start hydrating your skin to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

Size And Shape

For some women, their belly doesn’t change much during the first trimester. Your belly may look a little rounder, but that’s most likely due to bloating more than it is a growing baby.

However, by the end of the first trimester, you and your significant other may be the first ones to notice a little bump!

While you may not see much difference on the outside, plenty is going on inside your body, specifically, your uterus. The average woman’s pre-pregnancy uterus is around the size of an orange. By the end of the first trimester, it will have grown to the size of a grapefruit.

What To Expect

Expect your clothes to feel a little tighter by the end of this trimester. Your clothes become snug during this time because your uterus is now the size of a large grapefruit.

But there’s no need to buy maternity clothes just yet — unless you’re too excited to wait, which we totally understand!

Check-Ups

During your first trimester check-ups, you can expect your doctor to look at the following in regard to your pregnant belly:

  • Your weight
  • The size of your uterus

Come-And-Go Belly

It’s the strangest thing. One day you look like you’re pregnant and the next day your belly is completely flat. Just as quickly as your belly appears, it disappears.

You might be thinking, “What’s up with that?”. This is due in part to bowel distention (the result of constipation and excess gas: your new companions in the first trimester).

The good news is that many women find relief after the first trimester when their digestive system somewhat levels out and adjusts to their new pregnancy hormones.

Pregnant Belly: Second Trimester (Weeks 12 to 27)

woman in second trimester holding her pregnant belly

This trimester is when the majority of women feel the most comfortable. The first trimester symptoms usually ease up or disappear at this point, and you’re not so big yet that it’s uncomfortable to move around.

Often, this is the time when you really get to enjoy your pregnancy!

Size And Shape

By the end of your second trimester, your belly will really reveal itself. Your uterus is now the size of a basketball, and it might even look like that’s what you’re carrying in your belly!

There’s an old wives’ tale about the shape of your belly and the gender of your baby. It claims that if your shape resembles a basketball, then you’re having a boy, but if your shape resembles a watermelon, then you’re having a girl.

Realistically, your shape has more to do with your body than it does with your baby’s gender. Of course, family and friends will have fun guessing in the meantime!

What To Expect

Feeling your baby move and pain on the lower sides of your abdomen (better known as round ligament pain) are a couple of symptoms you can expect to experience during your second trimester.

Round ligament pain is the equivalent of growing pains. It happens because the muscles and ligaments supporting your growing uterus are stretching.

Another symptom you can look for during the second trimester is the belly itch. Pregnant bellies can easily become itchy bellies.

This is because as your belly grows, your skin stretches — and at a rapid pace — leaving your skin moisture-deprived. But it doesn’t have to be.

Use Mustela’s Stretch Marks Cream and Stretch Marks Oil to create the perfect day and night skin care regimen to keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and healthy throughout your pregnancy.

(Note: If you develop a rash on your belly, check in with your obstetrician.)

Another interesting second-trimester development is the linea nigra. This is basically a dark vertical line that runs down the center of your belly.

While it might startle you (if this is your first pregnancy), you’ll be glad to know that it’s caused by your changing hormones and is completely harmless.

This interesting belly line will also stick around for a while. But you can expect it to start fading a few months after giving birth.

Doctor’s Visits

During your second-trimester doctor’s appointments, expect your doctor to check the following:

  • The gender of your baby (an ultrasound will be performed if one hasn’t already been done)
  • Your weight
  • The fundal height (distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus, measured in centimeters; this measurement often matches the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant)
  • The size of your uterus
  • The position of your baby

Unwanted Belly Touches

Just like a cute baby, pregnant bellies are hard to resist. Touching a pregnant belly can be an irresistible impulse for some people. So, you can expect a bit of stomach-touching from loved ones — and even strangers — when you start to show.

While some women don’t mind a little belly pat here or there, others find it invasive. If you aren’t comfortable with someone touching your baby bump, don’t hesitate to set boundaries.

Pregnancy Photoshoot

Woman with pregnant belly wearing a shirt that says human growing with an arrow

When you’re pregnant, most of your world revolves around the bundle of joy that’s growing inside your belly.

This is also a time when many parents tend to stress out. You have to get that nursery ready or pick a suitable co-sleeper, then there’s diapers, car seats, strollers, baby bottles, and everything else in-between!

With all this prep going on, it can be easy to overlook the fact that you will no longer be sporting your baby belly in just a few weeks. So, why not capture this special moment?

The second trimester is a great time to start thinking about a pregnancy photo shoot. If you have a photographer in mind, be sure to reach out to them as soon as possible. You’ll be surprised at how far out they can be booked.

A photo shoot during this period also makes a lot of sense because you’ve reached a stage (around 20 weeks) when your belly is showing, and you’re probably feeling much better than you did during the first trimester.

Pregnant Belly: Third Trimester (Weeks 28 to 40)

toddler hugging moms pregnant belly

You’re in the home stretch and your belly is probably feeling the effects of it! Grow baby, grow! Your excitement and anticipation are at their peak, along with the size of your belly.

Size And Shape

Your uterus is right under your ribs now. Your weight gain will slow down in the last few weeks of pregnancy leading up to delivery. Your belly skin is stretched to the limit, or so it feels.

During this stage, women find themselves carrying high, low, or wide. And you may not even notice a change in the shape of your belly. It may just look bigger!

What To Expect

You’ll likely experience a lot of changes during the last several weeks of your pregnancy. There’s not much room in your belly anymore, so your baby is pushing against your lungs and bladder.

With the position of your uterus during the third trimester, expect to have some shortness of breath and more bathroom visits (if that’s even possible!).

Many women also experience mild swelling of their ankles and feet because of all the weight gain and extra fluid in their bodies. To reduce some of the swelling, you can:

  • Avoid standing for too long
  • Remember to stretch often if sitting for longer periods of time
  • Put your feet up while sitting
  • Drink lots of water

While getting swollen feet is pretty common, paying attention to your body is also essential.

If you notice that the swelling won’t go down after following the above tips (or if you notice extreme swelling in your fingers and face as well), then you’ll need to call your doctor as this might be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia.

Doctor’s Visits

During your third-trimester check-ups, your doctor will look at the following things:

  • Your weight
  • The fundal height
  • The size of your baby
  • The position of your baby
  • The presentation of your baby

Doctor’s visits during this period will also be much more frequent than before. For a healthy pregnancy, most women see the doctor once a month from weeks 4 – 28, every two weeks from weeks 28 – 36, and every week after that for the final homestretch (weeks 36+).

If you’re pregnant with multiples, older, or have any underlying conditions, then you may need to see your healthcare provider more often than the above, especially during the third trimester.

While it can be challenging, hang in there. Remember that this is all to ensure that your little one is growing as healthy as possible!

Hospital Bag For Mom And Baby

Woman with pregnant belly holding a sonogram photo

As your due date rapidly approaches, knowing what to pack in your hospital bag and what to leave out can be challenging. For example, how many diapers, wipes, and clothing changes (for you and baby) will you need? What about soap and moisturizer?

The good news is there’s no need to figure it out by yourself. Here’s a rundown of how to prepare a hospital bag for you and your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.

What Do You Need?

Firstly, you’ll want to pack a few copies of your birth plan. These will be excellent quick references for your labor and delivery nurses and other hospital staff members.

(Keep in mind while a birth plan is great, it’s best to leave room for some flexibility because anything can happen during labor!)

You’ll also need comfortable clothing. This can include PJ sets, loose pants or leggings, lightweight tank tops, and comfy slippers or crocs for your feet.

A pack of adult diapers or pads will also come in handy. Many hospitals will have these, or you can purchase your own if you prefer a specific brand.

Also, if you plan to breastfeed your new baby, a nursing bra can be very helpful because it will allow you to quickly and easily nurse without having to get undressed.

Speaking of breastfeeding, a good quality nipple cream should be a hospital bag staple.

Our Nursing Comfort Balm is enriched with vitamin E to nourish and protect your skin before and after breastfeeding. It’s also made from naturally derived ingredients, and it’s vegan, fragrance-free, and dye-free, making it entirely safe for both you and your little one.

Other essential items to pack for yourself include:

  • Toiletries (i.e., toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, shampoo, lip balm, etc.)
  • Cell phone charger (preferably one with an extra-long cord)
  • Water bottles

Items that may not be needed but are nice to have include:

  • Bath towels (While you may get these from the hospital, hospital towels tend to be scratchy, thin, and small. So, having your own soft cotton towel can help you feel a little more comfortable during this time.)
  • A diffuser (If a specific scent helps calm or put you in a good mood, a diffuser is a great option.)
  • Good music can also keep the mood calm and positive, so consider adding a portable speaker and playlist to your bag.

Now that you have what you need, it’s time to pack for your little one.

What Does Your Baby Need?

Older sibling putting lotion on newborns face

Firstly, you’ll want to pack a “going-home-outfit” for them. When choosing this special outfit, pack a couple of options in different sizes because you won’t know how big they’ll be until they make their grand entrance. Also, if the weather is chilly, don’t forget the hats, socks, and gloves.

While a car seat might not fit in a bag, it’s also an essential item to bring along because the hospital won’t let you leave without it.

If you’ve never installed a car seat before, it’s best to have it installed and ready before you head to the hospital. Trust us, it might look pretty easy, but figuring out which straps go where and how to position the seat in the car can frustrate the best of us.

In addition, remember to bring a couple of bottles if you’re planning to bottle-feed. If you’d like to start your baby on formula, most hospitals will have samples that you can take, but you can always bring along your preferred brand.

Other important items:

Post-Pregnancy Belly

After the big day, your belly won’t look as full or as big as it did during the third trimester. It will also not look anything like it did before you got pregnant. With all the stretching that your uterus did over the past few months, this is completely normal.

Most women’s uteruses can take anywhere from two to six weeks to shrink back. During this time, you may also experience mild period-like pains.

In addition, your belly may feel soft or squishy, and you might also notice that your abdominal muscles are stretched and weak. Don’t worry! In the coming weeks, they’ll begin to strengthen again.

Being patient and loving toward your body is essential, especially during this transitional period into motherhood. You’ve just given birth, and, of course, this has taken its toll on your body.

To help you start feeling good from the inside, remember to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of liquids.

A Beautiful Pregnancy Starts With Healthy Skin

woman in third trimester holding pregnant belly

The size and shape of your belly aren’t nearly as important as maintaining a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy. Remember, several factors play a role in the size and shape of your belly! But, if you are concerned, contact your doctor with any questions.

While embracing your pregnant belly, don’t forget to take care of it! Apply Mustela’s Stretch Marks Oil when you need something that will quickly absorb into your skin to hydrate and help decrease the appearance of stretch marks.

And that’s just one of our many maternity products that you can choose from! Our skin care line works to decrease the appearance of stretch marks, reduce skin discomfort, and protect against the loss of firmness and elasticity.

You’ll have lasting comfort for nine months and beyond!

One Month Pregnant BellyThere is one thing to realize: Your belly will continue to grow until shortly before you give birth. You need to be patient, because the first few weeks of pregnancy can be difficult. The size of your pregnant belly and when it appears depends more on you than it does on the size of your baby. These factors play a role in your growing belly.

You’re excited to share your exciting news with family and friends! And now, you’re just waiting for that bump to start growing. But did you know the size of your pregnant belly and when it appears depends more on you than it does on the size of your baby? These factors play a role in your growing belly

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