|The symptoms of pregnancy
vary so widely from person to person and there is a very wide
range of normal experiences. The symptoms you experience may
sickness, excessive salivation, constipation, frequent
need to urinate, heartburn
and indigestion, headaches,
dizziness as well as breast changes. Mood swings and extreme emotions are also part and parcel of this amazing experience. By the
same token it is equally normal to feel wonderful and not
have any troublesome symptoms.
The routine doctor’s
You are now between 5 and 8 weeks into your 40 week pregnancy
and may be feeling plenty of physical and mental changes.
Your clothes may already be feeling a little snug, especially
around the waist and breasts,
but otherwise the changes that you experiencing will not
be obvious in your appearance. If you have just found out
that you are pregnant then you should read the information
in the first month summary regarding choosing a doctor and
the first consultation. If you have already taken this step
then your visit to your doctor will be a routine pregnancy
check-up. The standard checks, which will be carried out
every month from now on, are focused on making sure that
your pregnancy is going according to plan. The routine will
vary from doctor to doctor but in general your urine, blood
pressure and weight will be checked and any problems or
queries will be checked and discussed.
During this time, the pregnancy
home tests will be more accurate due to the higher levels
of the hormone hCG which is excreted by the foetus. This
hormone can be blamed for many of the classic symptoms of
pregnancy such increased blood supply in the pelvis which
is one of the reasons for the increased desire to urinate.
Increases in other hormones such as progesterone and oestrogen
may cause your breasts to swell – it may be one of
the first symptoms that you notice.
From a grain of rice…your
baby grows incredibly fast.
Your baby will grow an incredible amount in this period.
At 5 weeks the embryo is the size of a grain of rice and
has a neck and head, brain and heart as well as blood stream
and digestive system. Yet by eight weeks this same baby
will be the size of your baby toe, the heart will be pumping
blood through a network of tiny veins visible under the
skin. The head is huge in relation to the test of the body,
and the baby is trying out kicking movements with arms and
legs that show on a scan although you cant yet feel them.
You deserve a rest!
Bear this in mind next time you are feeling exhausted. There
is a good reason for it and you need to pay attention to
rest when you can and don’t demand too much of yourself.
to call the doctor?