Soon after you discover you are pregnant, it is important to get specialised pregnancy care from a midwife. It is also a good idea to start avoiding things that are unsafe for your developing baby. These include alcohol, smoking, certain medications, certain foods, and more. If you are unsure of what is unsafe for your baby, please talk to your midwife.
Pregnancy can be different from woman to woman, and even for the same mother from one pregnancy to the next. A pregnancy is usually counted by weeks. A typical pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last period to the delivery of the birth. The weeks are grouped into three trimesters. Each trimester lasts three months and within these months, significant changes will occur for you – both physically and mentally.
In addition to weight and body shape, other alterations in your body chemistry and function also take place during pregnancy. Your heart works harder, your temperature will be slightly higher, body secretions increase, joints and ligaments will become more flexible and change in hormones.
As your body changes, you might need to make changes to your daily routine, such as going to bed earlier or eating frequent, small meals. Fortunately, most of these discomforts will go away as your pregnancy progresses. Some women might not feel any discomfort at all!