What to Expect With Your First Pregnancy
By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
August 06, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnancy   First Pregnancy  

Being pregnant can be a thrilling, but slightly scary experience. Your body goes through various changes as it grows the new life inside you. Many of these changes occur before you're even aware you are pregnant. Visiting your obstetrician for a healthy pregnancy in Ridgewood, NJ, is an essential component of prenatal care. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta provide a wide range of OB/GYN services to help you before, during and after pregnancy. Read on to learn what to expect when you are pregnant for the first time.

Nausea with or without Vomiting

Commonly referred to as morning sickness, some pregnant women experience nausea with or without vomiting. Although it's called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of day. It typically begins during the fourth week of pregnancy and ends around the 12th week. Some women experience morning sickness throughout the majority of their pregnancy.

Tender or Swollen Breasts

Changes in your hormone levels may make your breasts swollen and sore. When your body grows accustomed to these hormonal changes, you will probably feel less discomfort.

Frequent Urination

If you're pregnant, you'll probably find yourself going to the bathroom more than usual. This is because your body begins to produce more blood when you are pregnant. As a result, your kidneys process more fluid. This fluid makes its way to your bladder, causing frequent urination.

Fatigue

As a pregnant woman, you may feel tired because of hormonal changes. The extra blood your body produces transports nutrients to your unborn child. Your blood pressure and blood sugar levels lower. Increased levels of progesterone also contribute to your fatigue. All of these factors play a role in your need for extra sleep.

Emotions

Hormonal fluctuations bring a host of physical changes in pregnant women, but they cause emotional changes as well. You may experience joy and excitement at the prospect of becoming a new mom, but you may also feel nervous and frightened of childbirth and the life changes that will occur once your baby is born. You may also deal with irritability or forgetfulness.

Schedule Your Appointment

Regular appointments with your OB/GYN when you are experiencing pregnancy in Ridgewood, NJ, will help you ensure the health and safety of you and your unborn child. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta so that you can receive quality prenatal care that will help you maintain a healthy pregnancy. Schedule your appointment with us today by calling our Ridgewood location at 201-447-1700 or our Bayonne location at 201-447-0467.

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