Your Body

You may begin to find that your waistline is gradually expanding, leading to your pants becoming a bit more difficult to zip up. If this is your first pregnancy, your waist may not be much thicker than it was pre-pregnancy. Even though you’re probably very anxious to start showing off your baby belly to the world, try and be patient, your little miracle will make his or her presence known very soon! Women who are pregnant with their second, third or forth baby tend to show earlier, because in subsequent pregnancies your muscles and ligaments aren’t as tight as they were the first time around.

You may be bothered by having to run to the bathroom all of the time. This is very normal and can begin as early as 3 weeks after conception. Increased urination is brought on by the pressure that your growing uterus puts on your bladder as your baby grows. Increasing blood and fluid levels in your body during pregnancy contribute to this. Don’t decrease your fluid intake, thinking by doing that you’ll make less trips to the restroom, because drinking adequate amounts of water is very important for many reasons.

If you haven’t scheduled your first prenatal appointment, you need to do so now. Your doctor or midwife will want to have you come in around this week. This appointment is quite a milestone and usually very thorough. Be prepared for possibly the longest appointment during the course of your pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife will most likely ask you a series of questions about your medical history and family health problems. You may be asked about any medications you are currently taking and you should tell them about any over-the-counter and herbal ones you’ve taken during your pregnancy as well.

During your visit, your weight will be noted on your chart and your blood pressure will be taken by the nurse. You will be asked to provide a urine sample, which is routine of all prenatal visits. Many times during your first prenatal appointment, several lab tests are done, by drawing your blood. If you haven’t had a recent pelvic exam/pap smear, you may have one during this appointment, along with an external abdominal exam. Some doctors and midwives routinely do ultrasounds now, but not all do. If you are able to, you may be able to see your little one’s heart beating!

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