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1st Trimester – Changes in your partner’s Body

Changes in your partner’s body

 


During the first three months of pregnancy, or the first trimester, your spouse’s body undergoes many changes. As her body adjusts to the growing baby, she may have nausea, fatigue, backaches, mood swings, and stress. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, these things are all normal.


 


Most of these discomforts will go away as the pregnancy progresses. And some women might not feel any discomfort at all! If she has been pregnant before, she might feel differently this time around. Just as each woman is different, so is each pregnancy.


 


As her body changes, your spouse might need to make changes to her normal, everyday routine. Here are some of the most common changes or symptoms she might experience in the first trimester: Tiredness Many women find they’re exhausted in the first trimester. Don’t worry, this is normal!


 


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this is your spouse’s body’s way of telling her that she needs more rest. After all, her body is working very hard to develop a whole new life. Try these tips to ease exhaustion:



Nausea and Vomiting


 


Usually called “morning sickness,” nausea and vomiting are common during early pregnancy. For many women, though, it isn’t limited to just the morning. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, although it can seem like it will last forever, nausea and vomiting usually go away after the first trimester.


 


Try these tips to help your spouse prevent and soothe nausea:



If your spouse thinks she might be vomiting excessively, call the doctor. If she loses too much fluid she might become dehydrated. Dehydration can be dangerous for your partner and your baby.


 


For some women, the nausea of the first trimester is so severe that they become malnourished and dehydrated. These women may have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG refers to women who are constantly nauseated and/or vomit several times everyday for the first 3 or 4 months of pregnant.


 


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HG keeps pregnant women from drinking enough fluids and eating enough food to stay healthy. Many women with HG lose more than 5 percent of their pre-pregnancy weight, have nutritional problems, and have problems with the balance of electrolytes in their bodies. The persistent nausea and vomiting also makes going to work or doing other daily tasks very difficult.


 


Many women with HG have to be hospitalized so they can be fed fluids and nutrients through a tube in their veins. Usually, women with HG begin to feel better by the 20th week of pregnancy. But some women vomit and feel nauseated throughout all three trimesters.


 


Frequency of Urination


 


Is your partner running to the bathroom all the time? Early in pregnancy, the growing uterus presses on her bladder. This causes frequent urination.


 


See your doctor right away if she notices pain, burning, pus or blood in her urine. She might have a urinary tract infection that needs treatment.


 


Weight gain


 


During the first trimester, it is normal to gain only a small amount of weight, about one pound per month.