Changes in the body
Follow how your pregnancy unfolds, step by step*, to understand all about the changes that are taking place inside you and thus avoid stressing over nothing.
1st trimester: The great upheaval
Intense hormonal activity transforms your body all over. Your breasts are already preparing for breastfeeding. They have increased in size and are tense; their areolas are generally larger and darker.Up
Your uterus expands and pushes down on the bladder, which explains why you want to urinate more often. This little inconvenience will disappear after a few weeks because the uterus will move up towards the abdomen.
The activity of your hormones also has an effect on your mood, your appetite and your libido. You may become sensitive to the slightest thing. Perhaps you have unusual cravings and certain foods that you normally like turn your stomach.
During the first trimester, weight gain is often minimal, even nonexistent, due to frequent nausea. This generally disappears at the end of the third month.
You are more tired than usual; you may be surprised by an unusual feeling of tiredness due to progesterone, which has a strong sedative power.
2nd trimester: Plenitude
Your belly is filling out, you are serene and content. The scales are showing a few extra kilos. Your back and legs feel it.Up
Rest as often as you need to.
As it develops, your uterus pushes the other organs towards the thoracic cage. This compresses the diaphragm and you become more easily out of breath.
Sometimes a brown line appears on your abdomen; it will disappear after the birth. Your blood volume increases and little concerns due to poor circulation may arise: varicose veins, heavy legs, slight bleeding of the gums.
Your libido is in good shape. And wonder of wonders, you feel baby moving inside you!
3rd trimester: Impatience
As the birth approaches, you are impatient and anxious. Like all mums-to-be!Up
The weight of the baby, which will double during the last trimester, changes the way you hold yourself and walk. You move at a slow pace, but your body is working flat out to do the extra work that baby requires.
Your heart beats an extra twelve times a minute. In 1 minute, 185 ml of your blood irrigates the placenta, providing baby with the elements necessary for growth. Your breasts are ready for breastfeeding and trickles of colostrum, the initial milk that comes before lactation, may stain your clothes.
Your sleep is disturbed and you find it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.
In the weeks before the birth, the joints of the pelvis move apart to allow baby – who is beginning his descent – through.
Rest while you’re awaiting the happy event.