What Can You Expect for the Next 9 Months?
What to Expect When You're Expecting
If you are pregnant for the first time, you are probably feeling a combination of excitement and some trepidation over the changes you will be going through during the next nine months. Many women contact us at the first signs of pregnancy, as we typically see them within a few days of their call. Our nurse practitioner will confirm your healthy pregnancy by performing your first prenatal ultrasound.
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We will then see you about every four weeks until you reach 28 weeks of pregnancy. From 18 to 22 weeks, we will perform a comprehensive ultrasound to ensure that your pregnancy is progressing normally. We will screen you for gestational diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks. We will then see you every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy, and every week during your final month. If you have any problems during any of these time periods, we will see you as often as you need to be seen until the problem is resolved. We always make ourselves available to our patients. In the rare circumstance in which we are not available, we share calls with three other wonderful board-certified female ob/gyns!
Physical & Emotional Changes You Can Expect
Each woman experiences pregnancy differently. Some women positively glow with good health and others feel miserable. Here are some common changes you might experience during your pregnancy:
- Bleeding - Some 25% of pregnant women experience slight bleeding during their first trimester. This is not cause for alarm.
- Breast soreness - Sore breasts are common during early pregnancy.
- Constipation - Constipation and gas can make you feel very uncomfortable. It helps to eat more fiber and drink extra fluids to keep things moving
- Fatigue - Your body is working hard. Rest as needed throughout the day and make sure you’re getting enough iron to avoid anemia, which causes fatigue.
- Food cravings/aversions - Over 60% of pregnant women experience food cravings or food aversions. If you are eating healthy, it’s okay to give in to an occasional craving.
- Frequent urination - Your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder.
- Heartburn - Eat frequent, small meals throughout the day. Avoid greasy, spicy and acidic foods (like oranges or lemons).
- Mood swings - Changing hormones can put you on an emotional roller coaster. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, find an understanding ear – from your partner, a friend or a family member.
- Morning sickness - Nausea affects up to 85% of pregnant women. It can last through the entire first trimester. Avoid foods that make you feel nausea.
- Weight gain - Pregnancy is one of the few times in your life when weight gain is considered a good thing, but don’t “eat for two.” You only need about an extra 150 calories a day during your first trimester.