Even if you’ve been pregnant before, you may experience a lot of anxiety around what you’re feeling. Being told that every pregnancy is different isn’t much of an assurance; after all, how do you know for certain that the physical and emotional sensations your body is subjecting you to aren’t cause for concern?
The following pregnancy symptoms have been cleared by doctors as nothing to worry about:
All day sickness
You may expect to feel nauseous in the morning during the first three months of your pregnancy, but all day? Long after the first trimester is over? Actually, yes. The term ‘morning sickness’ is a complete misnomer, as that surge of biliousness can strike at any time of the day, right up until you give birth. It’s nothing to worry about – but, that said, if you are vomiting excessively and losing weight, it’s a good idea to discuss with your doc.
You’ve always been the one the team relies on to remember everything from the new client’s name to what time that meeting starts – but now, you feel as though your mind is stuck in first gear. Completely normal. You can put ‘mush brain’ down to the stress of birth and pregnancy, and take comfort in the fact that your mental acuity will return!
Instinct probably tells you that any pain or discomfort in your abdomen must be a warning sign – but, not so. Far from signalling that your baby is in distress, it’s actually a sign of healthy growth as your round ligaments stretch and your uterus expands. But, if it’s ongoing or accompanied by bleeding, you should consult your health professional.
This is a strange one but, again, it’s perfectly legit. Your sleep patterns will return to normal after the birth when they’ll become interrupted for a completely different reason.
Chances are if you felt as tired as you do during your first trimester at any other time, you’d hotfoot it to the doctor. But, sadly, this intense exhaustion is all in a day’s work when you’re busy making tiny feet, blood corpuscles and eyelashes. This kind of thing requires a lot of energy, after all.
No, you’re not going crazy, nor have you turned into the most hysterical person on the planet. You’re simply at the mercy of the hormones coursing through your body and the sleepless nights that are leaving you cranky and emotional.
Just to add to your discomfort, that growing baby is going to press down on your rectum, while your intestinal muscles become sluggish (thanks, hormones). To rid yourself of that toxic feeling, drink lots of water, try to keep moving and ask your pharmacist for an over the counter stool softener.