You missed your period, and are wondering if indeed you could actually be pregnant. It’s not a far off thought, you have toyed with it for a while…you are scared and pretty excited in equal measure as this is something you don’t really know how to handle.
You are 6-8 weeks pregnant and are wrapping your head around this idea of pregnancy and while you may not be showing yet, your baby is starting to have some key developments. At this time, you might also want to consider your first pre-natal appointment. Are you a first time mum or even a repeat mum and don’t know where to go?
Just in case you are wondering if you really are pregnant, or wondering what are the changes you are experiencing, here is a short list you might want to look at:
- Sore breasts. Your breasts may feel bigger, heavier, and let’s face it, sore. That’s because milk-producing lobules in your breasts are starting to expand. It’s all for a good reason: they’re prepping for breastfeeding.
- Fatigue. #Thestruggleisreal to nap when pregnant. Why? As your hormones fluctuate, your body produces more blood for baby, and your blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lower than they were pre-pregnancy. The best fix? Get more sleep. We know it sounds easier than it really is, but make it your number one priority to get to bed early or to sneak in a nap or four on the weekends.
- Morning sickness. Nausea could be really strong during the first trimester, which can be highly attributed to the pregnancy hormones. Stay hydrated and bite on healthy snacks throughout the day. If you’re experiencing severe pregnancy nausea, it might be tough to keep food down , let alone eat right, so finding options you can actually stomach is key..
- Heightened sense of smell. Along with morning sickness comes another fun symptom: an uncanny sense of smell. Catching a whiff of an offensive odor—perhaps something that’s totally innocuous or never bothered you before—could trigger nausea, so it’s best to try to avoid the smells you’ve become sensitive to.
- Pregnancy cramps. At about 6-8 weeks pregnant, cramping is normal. That’s because the ligaments in your abdomen are stretching as your uterus expands. If your cramping is severe or you’re worried in any way, let your doctor know.
- Constipation. If you’re having trouble going number two, you’re not alone. Constipation during pregnancy happens to about 50 percent of us. To deal, drink lots of water, eat fiber-rich fruits and veggies, and take lots of walks. If you’re still stopped up, talk to your doctor about other remedies.
- Weird dreams. If you’re having vivid and strange dreams, guess what, they’re totally normal throughout pregnancy. It’s not clear what causes these dreams—it could partly be due to new thoughts and anxieties. You’ve certainly got a lot on your mind these days!
- Spotting. It can be alarming to find that you’re spotting at 6-8 weeks pregnant because, yes, blood can be a sign of miscarriage. But there are some other causes of spotting in the first trimester, including sex (since your cervix may be more sensitive these days). Let your doctor know, so s/he can rule out any problems.
If you’re pregnant with twins, you may feel extra tired and nauseous, since you’ve likely got a higher level of those pregnancy hormones—needed to create two babies.
Remember: if you’re feeling nauseated, extra hungry, or extra tired, it’s all because baby’s growth is in overdrive—and because your body’s still adjusting to all those hormonal changes. Try to remind yourself it will be worth it. (Especially once you reach the second trimester, when most moms-to-be bounce back and feel more energized.)
Also, know that experiencing no pregnancy symptoms at this time is totally normal too. So don’t worry if you’re not feeling too different yet. We promise—soon you will!