Pregnancy and Babycare: Normal Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Babycare: Normal Pregnancy

Pregnancies are categorized as Normal and High-risk pregnancies. A normal pregnancy is a pregnancy with no complications; wherein the journey from pregnancy to delivery is a smooth one and the baby is given birth normally, through a vaginal delivery. But in either of these two pregnancies, the events of the pregnancy progress in their own time and at their own pace. If you have taken all the precautions in preconception and observed all the pre-pregnancy checks, then you are most likely to have a normal pregnancy.

Even if your doctor, at your first prenatal check-up, has assured you that everything is going on smoothly, still you are likely to experience certain changes in your body. These changes that happen along as your pregnancy progresses from the 1st to 9th month are part of the process. Let us briefly discuss the normal symptoms, signs or changes that you can expect in your normal pregnancy.

  • Morning sickness: It is closely associated to morning nausea. If you have vomiting and feel fatigued and exhausted in the morning, take it as normal. Most of the pregnant women go through this feeling, either in the morning, or at any other time of the day. It is normal if a simple or light activity leaves you feeling wiped out and tired.
  • Breast tenderness: Breast changes are one of the first symptoms of pregnancy and should be considered normal. You will feel breast or nipple tenderness in the initial weeks and as the pregnancy progresses, you will notice changes in the breasts size and the area around the nipple may become darker in color. Breast changes are normal because your body begins preparing your breasts for breastfeeding and producing milk, when you are pregnant.
  • Weight gain: Gaining weight is a part of being pregnant and the most obvious change as well. A normal weight gain in the beginning of pregnancy is 12-15 kgs. All women gain weight at their own pace. Some women may even lose weight if they are experiencing severe morning sickness.
  • Mood swings and irritability: It is normal to experience frequent mood swings when you are pregnant. It is normal if you suddenly feel joy and sorrow, mixed emotions, laughter and tears, excitement and depression. Once you get constant understanding and support from your partner at this time, you can easily tackle these mood changes.
  • Food cravings: Since your sense of smell increases in pregnancy it is normal to have taste changes. You may find yourself enjoying a food item that you have never liked earlier, do not worry, it is normal! You are pregnant!
  • Fetal movement: It is normal if you experience the first movement of your baby in the 18th to 22nd week. Some women may feel it earlier also. But do not panic, your ‘thrilling’ moment is going to happen.
  • Cramps and discharge: If your regular discharge gets heavier and becomes brownish in color, it is normal. Occasional and irregular contractions are normal and cramping that lasts for 30 to 60 seconds is also no cause to worry.

In the beginning of the pregnancy, the cells divide and by the time you reach your 4th month, the organs of the baby get developed. The organs systems continue to refine themselves during the last six months of pregnancy. By the end of 9th month, the development and growth of the baby is complete and it is ready to be born! In a normal pregnancy, you will be required to visit you doctor every 3 to 4 weeks in the beginning. As your pregnancy advances, the visits will become more frequent, until you begin having weekly visits in the last month, during the ‘countdown time’.

No one can rush the process of pregnancy; the development, growth and changes will occur at their destined time. And if you think closely, it is for the good. This gives you ample time to prepare for the ‘new one’ and make sure that you have a healthier pregnancy and baby. It is your first-most responsibility to take good care of yourself and make sure that you follow a lifestyle and diet that encourages proper nourishment of your baby while it’s in your womb.

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