At this early stage of your pregnancy, you probably still haven’t put on much weight; possibly just a few pounds. If you’ve been bothered by food aversions and morning sickness, you may have actually lost a few pounds instead. Your waistline may be about the same as it was before you became pregnant, although if this is your second or third pregnancy, you may notice a difference now. Even though you’re not noticing a big change in your abdomen, your uterus is gradually growing larger. Big changes will come soon!
Your caloric intake needs to be more, now that you’re eating for two. During pregnancy is not the time for dieting. It is recommended that pregnant women consume an added 300 calories a day, particularly during the second and third trimesters. You need to pay extra attention to the quality and variety of foods you eat to ensure that you and your baby are getting enough calories. Junk foods should be avoided, when possible, because they lack nutritional value and are considered “empty” calories. Good eating habits during pregnancy will also result in less complications and discomforts including heartburn, constipation, fatigue; to name a few. If you need help choosing the right foods or have questions about improving your diet, talk with your doctor or midwife.
The major hormonal changes associated with pregnancy may be causing you to feel run-down. Fatigue is a common complaint of pregnancy. Many women feel sluggish throughout pregnancy, particularly early-on and also during the third trimester. This is very normal now and generally your energy level will pick back up when you start getting into the second trimester. It’s no wonder you feel the way you do, because your body is working over-time to grow a new little human! Make sure you nap when you are able and get plenty of rest at night. If your fatigue becomes worrisome or doesn’t seem to let up soon, you may want to talk with your doctor or midwife, because anemia can make you tired, as well.
Have you noticed your breasts changing? You may have been experiencing sore nipples and tender breasts for a couple of weeks already, but what about the circular area around your nipples darkening? Your areolas are normally pinkish, but many pregnant women gradually notice their areolas change to a darker shade and sometimes get bigger around. The bumps surrounding your nipples (called “Montgomery’s tubercles”) elevate and enlarge around this time; maybe even earlier. Sometimes these changes are so gradual, you won’t notice much of a difference until much later in pregnancy; sometimes not at all.