How Will My Body Change During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time that is full of changes, both in your life and in your body. Some of the changes in your body may seem strange if you are unprepared. Your body must adapt to sustain the new life that you are supporting. Unfortunately, some of these adaptations come with a few unwanted side effects.

During your first trimester, a lot of the changes you will go through may not be visible right away. Inside your body, hormone levels change to trigger the various physical adaptations necessary to nourish your child. As time progresses, some of the physical changes will begin to show. Some of the problems you may experience include:

  • Nausea, or ‘morning sickness’
  • Increase in urination
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn and/or constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Increased sensitivity to smells

All of these issues, while they may be unpleasant, are totally normal. It is important to understand and keep track of how you feel during this time. If you feel that something is wrong, contact your physician immediately.

In your second and third trimesters, you will begin to notice the most drastic physical changes. As your baby grows, you will begin to get larger as well. Your belly and breasts will grow the most significantly, but some of the other things you will see might include:

  • Stretch marks
  • Skin changes
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Continued dizziness, fatigue, nausea, etc.

Again, these are all normal aspects of pregnancy, but if you feel that you are experiencing these problems with more severity than what is normal, call Pacific Women’s Center right away at 541-342-8616 to see a physician. We have years of experience helping women through pregnancy and we’d love to help you welcome your new child into the world.