Dry eyes or changing vision
With increased blood circulation, your entire body can feel a little swollen, and this includes your eyes. Your corneas thicken and curve, and that changes the way they refract visual images. For contact lens wearers, that may mean ditching the contacts and wearing glasses until delivery. And even those moms-to-be who wear glasses sometimes can't see as well. Even if your vision stays the same, your eyes may dry out from fluctuating hormones. You can try eyedrops to lubricate your eyes and, if needed, visit an eye doctor to temporarily adjust the prescription for your glasses.
Even though your baby is the size of a comma, your breasts are getting ready to nurse her. Hormonal changes and expanding milk ducts produce a growth spurt, usually around your sixth week of pregnancy, and make your breasts feel swollen and tender. To ease the ache:
- Buy larger bras with extra rows of hooks for easy adjustments (don't waste money on tight front closures).
- Get a soft cotton "sleep" bra if soreness is preventing you from getting rest -- the support will ease the ache.
Changes in libido
The surge in hormones and blood flow can affect your vagina and clitoris, making them softer and hypersensitive. For some women, that means a libido in overdrive, with more intense or multiple orgasms. For others, sex becomes as appealing as ice-fishing.
Whatever mood you find yourself in, it's normal. But do keep your husband in the loop -- let him know how you're feeling and what turns you on (or not), so he doesn't start feeling insecure or rejected. And remember, sex involves more than intercourse. Cuddling, touching, and back rubs can be ways to stay intimate.
Emotional ups and downs
Hormones, the lack of a good night's sleep, the reality of pregnancy -- all of these can contribute to a roller-coaster of emotions. You could feel quiet and withdrawn, elated, worried, angry or tearful, or happy-go-lucky -- and it's all perfectly fine. Of course, it's better to stay on as even a keel as you can (your loved ones will thank you), so try to get as much rest and exercise as you can. What else helps? Finding sympathetic friends, preferably those who are pregnant, online or off.
You first trimester is exciting -- and possibly a little scary. The changes your body is undergoing can produce a wide variety of symptoms, and an equally wide range of feelings to go along with them. Try not to worry too much, and ask your doctor if you have any question about what you're experiencing.