Pregnancy can be planned or unexpected. Either way it can be a wonderful experience. Not all pregnancies are the same. In this article, I am going to share what a typical pregnancy is usually like and what other pregnancies can be like.
In a typical pregnancy, the first trimester can be filled with morning sickness, fatigue, breasts start to swell, you find that you are urinating more, weight gain starts and mood swings start to happen.
For morning sickness, try eating saltine crackers before getting out of bed, this tends to help some. Feeling tired more often, lie down and take a nap. If you are having a bad day, take a timeout and do something just for yourself.
The second trimester consists of more weight gain and you start to notice your stomach is distending out a little more. Now may be the time to start looking for maternity cloths. By this trimester, most of the signs from the first trimester are gone and you start feeling more energetic. Cravings for certain foods start to kick into high gear. Pickles, salt and vinegar potato chips, ice cream, French fries and any other type of food you may have never wanted, you start to crave now. Have your husband ready to make a midnight run to the grocery store when a craving hits and it is not in the refrigerator.
Watch the sugar intake during the second trimester. Gestational diabetes is common and can make you dizzy, lightheaded and you could faint. Spicy foods can cause heartburn during this time. If you watch what you eat and notice what sets heartburn off, you can just omit that from the food that you eat. Swelling will also become a problem during this trimester. Propping your legs up on a pillow and relaxing can ease the swelling. Sleeping on your back is the best way to keep swelling at a minimum.
The third trimester consists of many different changes taking place. Tiredness sets back in, so you will need to take frequent naps. More pressure to your bladder is happening, r due to the baby growing bigger. Therefore, frequent bathroom visits are back in full force. Back, leg and foot pain start to set in. Have your husband give you a massage to help ease the discomfort. If this is your first child, you may experience Braxton Hick’s contractions. This is preparing your uterus for the real thing. These contractions do not get closer or longer like real contractions do.
All of what I have just explained to you is what a typical pregnancy is supposed to be like. Now I want to let you in on a little secret that I recently saw for myself. My daughter has given birth to a wonderful baby boy. Her pregnancy was not normal by any means. My daughter knew she was pregnant because of a missed menstrual cycle. That was the only thing that was normal. The rest of her pregnancy had no symptoms whatsoever. There was no morning sickness, no tiredness, no mood swings, no leg, foot or back pain. Not even Braxton Hick’s contractions toward the end.
This was a shock to me, because with all four of my pregnancies I had every symptom you could think of and then some. I was starting to wonder if I would know when she was in labor. Then October 8, 2009 came. I had left home for about an hour and when I got home, my daughter said she was having pains in her lower abdomen. They did not seem to hurt to bad, so we just started to time them. They got closer and started to last longer. I told her she was in labor and she said no it is false labor. I finally convinced her to go to labor and delivery; sure enough, she was in real labor. She still owes me Five dollars for the bet on if it was false or real labor. Anyhow, she had an appointment that morning with the doctor and she had only dilated to 1 ½ centimeters, by the time we reached the hospital she was at a four. I thought okay this is going to be a piece of cake, wrong.
By the next morning, her water had not broken and she had developed toxemia, a condition that can put her and her baby at risk. Doctors started my daughter on magnesium to help prevent a seizure from the high blood pressure she had developed. Then an hour later, the doctor broke her water.
Her contractions picked back up and she dilated fast to an eight. Next thing we know she was ready to push. After an hour of pushing, her son was born at 2:43p.m.
My daughter was so exhausted that she could not stay awake very long. The doctor kept her on the magnesium for another twenty-four hours. Both she and her son are doing great.
During the labor and delivery I was so proud of her, she handled it like a pro. Not once did she scream, cry or even fuss at anyone. She remained calm during the entire process.
I just wanted to share this experience because suffice it to say, not all pregnancies are the same. My daughter is proof of that.