Early pregnancy

Posted on: June 1, 2008

When did you realize that you were pregnant? Perhaps you missed a period, or maybe you were feeling extraordinarily lethargic, or perhaps you felt that there was something “just different” going on with your body.

Once you confirm that you are pregnant, you may have started observing your body closely. This is just one of the many ways that you will navigate this entire journey called pregnancy. Being mindful of your body’s needs and responding to it, becomes vital to having a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.

Even before your embryo (this is what your baby is called at eight weeks) implants in your uterus, your hormone levels start to shift. A hormone called the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, which is detectable using pregnancy tests, starts to rise. These hormonal shifts along with your growing baby change your body in amazing ways throughout your pregnancy.

You may experience nausea in the mornings – about two-thirds of all pregnant women do. Thankfully, it does go away somewhere between the third and fourth month. Think of this nausea as wellness insurance as described by one researcher. Pregnancy nausea protects the mother and the baby from harmful chemicals and food-borne illness. Conversely, her cravings may be for foods that are rich in nutrients in order to develop a strong and healthy baby. What can you do? Eat small, regular meals that are comforting and easily digestible. Most of the expectant moms in my program tell me that carbohydrates seem to work for them to quell the nausea, at least temporarily. You can also try tangy or salty foods.

You may also experience extreme tiredness and or mood-swings. Listen to your body and rest when you can. One mother-to-be told me recently – “I would wake up at 7:00 a.m. and be ready to be in bed again by 9:00 a.m.” It is okay to rest – the earlier you respond to your body’s signals, the more likely you will feel rested and ready to take the next steps with your baby in this wonderful journey of the next 9 months. I will talk about C-section in my next post, as this is the one topic that is topmost in the minds of would-be-moms in my program.

I invite you to share your experiences, thoughts, questions and concerns in this forum.

Dr. Vijaya Krishnan


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