Pregnancy is a fantastic experience but its also an emotional roller coaster. Here is a guide that outlines what to expect from trimester to trimester.
When you first find out you are pregnant you will experience disbelief and then joy. The initial feeling is normally surreal and almost like a dream come true.
If you have experienced a miscarriage in the past then you will be reserved and afraid to let yourself get too emotionally attached to the baby. Over twenty five percent of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage in the first trimester. These statistics are grim and they mean that many women have suffered the loss of a miscarriage. These women suffer extreme fear. They tend to count the days and pray for the second trimester to arrive because then the danger of miscarriage drops dramatically.
When you have suffered the loss of a baby you are truly afraid every day to hope. Many couples do not even tell family and friends they are pregnant until the second trimester arrives because of the fear of loss that many have dealt with.
Sometimes you will feel like you are afraid to breath the whole first trimester and you can only truly breath and feel relief when the second trimester arrives. It is a feeling of stress and fear that overtake you each day.
The first trimester tends to be an emotional roller coaster. You will have dramatic mood swings and be moody. Sometimes you will cry for no reason. Your body is going through a lot and the hormones are raging.
Many women report that they have very vivid dreams during their first trimester. It is not uncommon to dream about old boyfriends or ex’s. Scientists do not know exactly why this happens but its very common. Your dreams will be extremely detailed and elaborate.
When the second trimester arrives you will feel relief and joy. The chances of a miscarriage have dropped dramatically. You can finally let yourself acknowledge your pregnancy with joy and happiness.
You will feel a need to start preparing for the baby. At this time you will finally allow yourself to shop and buy things for the little one.
Some women start to feel unattractive as their body begins to show the pregnancy changes but other women feel beautiful and glowing.
Many women will begin to worry about labor and feel a bit of fear.
The second trimester is normally the best because you can feel happy and joyous. At this time you can let yourself celebrate the upcoming birth of your baby. You will have renewed energy, morning sickness is a distant memory, and you are far less tired.
Many women are very tired in their third trimester which is completely normal.
First time mothers often worry about labor and delivery. They feel fear of the upcoming pain and they worry about being a mother for the first time.
If you have had a baby before you normally feel anticipation for your upcoming labor and delivery. You truly cannot wait to hold your baby and see it for the first time. You are almost there and you are anxious. The excitement often dominates your days as you anxiously await your due date.
Many women are more emotional in the third trimester but others feel just fine.
As the last two or three weeks approach many women will begin to experience what is called ‘nesting’. These women will clean the house almost compulsively in anticipation of the babies arrival. This need can give them huge bursts of energy and it is not uncommon to be up at midnight scrubbing a perfectly clean floor. With both of my pregnancies I experienced these emotions. I was obsessed with maintaining a spotless floor. Every day I would scrub the floor on my hands and knees. I would also vacuum three times a day. The doctor said it was a perfectly normal emotion and very similar to what animals do in the wild as they prepare their ‘den’ or ‘nest’ for the arrival of the babies.
Pregnancy is an amazing experience. There are no true words to describe it until you have undertaken the adventure. Treasure every emotion, the good and the bad. I would suggest keeping a journal so you can share every day and emotion with your baby as it grows up.