Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences that a woman can enjoy and typically signals a life-changing event for both her and for the baby's father. That being said, the first pregnancy is also one that is typically the most nervous and at times may even be the one that is the most dangerous. Here are several things for you to keep in mind when you're pregnant for the first time that will help to get you through the first trimester, the second and third up until delivery.
First of all, you're going to notice some differences in your body, both in the way that it looks and in the way that it acts. This is because the baby that is growing inside you is also signaling your body to flood you with various types of hormones that you may never have had to deal with before. That isn't to say that they weren't present in you before but many of these hormones are now available in greater numbers. This can take many women who are going through their first pregnancy somewhat by surprise but it does not need to take you by surprise. There are plenty of books available out there which will help to describe what you will typically go through during the stages of pregnancy. This will allow you to see if what you are going through is normal or not and can do a lot to help to put your mind at ease.
You also may be trying for your first pregnancy but are not sure yet if it has taken hold or not. Although there are pregnancy tests that are available out there which are relatively accurate and can give you results soon after you're pregnant, there are some good old-fashioned ways for you to be able to tell as well. These would include such things as missing a period, tenderness in the breasts, darkening of the areolas, food cravings and an increase in the amount of times that you urinate. Of course, most of these symptoms are going to show up after you realize that you're pregnant, at least in most cases. The only way for you to truly know if you're pregnant or not, however, is to go to your doctor and have a blood test taken.
One of the most exciting parts for many parents about the first pregnancy is actually preparing for the baby to show up. Although it certainly is possible for you to tell what the sex of the baby is in advance so that you know some direction to go as far as decorating is concerned, many parents still like to keep these things secret. Of course, getting ready for the baby doesn't have everything to do with making sure that the room is ready. You also need to be prepared for the labor and delivery, so make sure that you become knowledgeable about this ahead of time so that your stress level is as low as possible..
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