Pregnancy is not going to be easy for some women. You will experience a lot of body changes and pregnancy discomforts. Some may frustrate you if you don’t know how to deal with them. These include weird food cravings and aversions, morning sickness, fatigue, breast pain, and many more.
You may also start feeling the weight of having another person to carry and your body will start to stretch. During this period, make sure to have some helpful buddies to help you through the changes. You can try a prenatal lotion or a stretch mark prevention oil.
Hearing baby’s first heartbeat
The first ultrasound is usually performed during this period. You get to meet your little one for the first time by hearing the first thumping of his or her heart. This makes everything feel real. You’ll find out how this moment can be life-changing for so many expecting moms and dads-to-be. Don’t forget to document this moment (if your doctor will allow you)!
Announcing the pregnancy
Sharing this special news to everyone is a personal decision. While others announce right after seeing those two lines on the pregnancy test, experts advise to wait until pregnant women pass the 12-week mark since this is already a safe time as the risk of miscarriage is lower than when you are in the first trimester. There are now many creative ways to break the pregnancy news, whether it’s via social media or in an intimate celebration.
Wearing maternity clothes
The second trimester will make your body changes look more obvious. Your tummy will begin to bulge, your diet will have to be seriously altered to ensure you’re getting all the right nutrients for the baby, and your cravings and morning sickness may still persist. When it comes to your size, don’t be surprised if you’ll be buying more maternity clothes at this point. Choose more stretchy pants and leggings and maternity dresses (even maternity swimwear). It’s good to have support belts and maternity bras with better support.
Feeling your baby’s first movements
A baby’s movements can be unpredictable at this time. So you have to be on the lookout for those little moments when they’re starting to kick and flip inside your tummy. They may feel like little flutters or waves and more often than not, they will leave you and your partner overjoyed and thrilled.