What changes to my body can I expect during my pregnancy?

There’s no getting around it — your body will change a lot during your pregnancy. You’ll go through lots of hormonal changes, and you’ll get bigger as the fetus develops. Your uterus will grows up to 18 times its normal size, and your breasts and nipples will probably get larger, too.

It’s normal to gain up to 35 pounds during your pregnancy, and some people may gain more. Your sex drive can increase or decrease throughout your pregnancy. And some people notice changes in the texture and amount of their body hair.

Unfortunately, almost everyone feels uncomfortable at some point in their pregnancy. Some common issues include:

nausea or vomiting, especially in the morning

swollen and tender breasts

heartburn

constipation

aches and pains in your lower back and hips

tiredness and fatigue

trouble sleeping

There are things you can do to feel more comfortable, like changing your diet, and doing certain exercises. Your doctor, nurse, or midwife will have tips for feeling better during your pregnancy.

How do I relieve common pregnancy discomforts?

For nausea and vomiting:

Eat a few bites of food before getting out of bed.

Drink ginger or peppermint tea.

Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of a few big ones.

Drink fluids between meals instead of with your meals.

Avoid strong spices, strong odors, and greasy foods.

For heartburn:

Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of a few big ones.

Chew your food slowly.

Don’t lie down for at least 1 hour after you eat.

Wear clothes that are loose around your waist.

Raise your head with pillows when you sleep.

For constipation

Eat food with lots of fiber (like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals).

Drink more fluids.

Exercise.

Talk with your doctor, nurse, or midwife about getting help for pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away.

Prenatal tests are different procedures that make sure you and the fetus are healthy. Some prenatal tests find birth defects and other problems.