What You May Be Feeling

Dec 18, 2010 No Comments by

As always, remember that every pregnancy and every woman is different. You may experience all of these symptoms at one time or another, or only a few of them. Some may have continued from last month, others may be new. Still others may be hardly noticed because you’ve become so used to them. You may also have other, less common, symptoms. Here’s what you might experience this month:

Physically

  • Stronger, regular fetal activity
  • Increasing vaginal discharge
  • Increased constipation
  • Heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating
  • Occasional headaches, faintness or dizziness
  • Nasal congestion and occasional nosebleeds; ear stuffiness
  • Sensitive gums
  • Leg cramps
  • Backache
  • Pelvic pressure and/or achiness
  • Mild swelling of ankles and feet, and occasionally of hands and face
  • Varicose veins of legs
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Itchy abdomen
  • Protruding navel
  • Stretch marks
  • Increasing shortness of breath as the uterus crowds the lungs, which eases when the baby drops
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increasing “practice” (Braxton Hicks) contractions
  • Increasing clumsiness
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Colostrum, leaking from nipples (though this premilk substance may not appear until after delivery)

Emotionally

  • Increasing eagerness for the pregnancy to be over
  • Apprehension about the labor and delivery
  • Increasing absentmindedness
  • Trepidation about becoming a parent, if it’s your first time
  • Excitement – at the realization that it won’t be long now


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