This is my first pregnancy, and I desperately want it to be successful. So, every time I feel a new sensation, I run to the Internet to scour online forums and the occasional good article. No matter what the location of my new-found pain, the answer almost always ends up being “Your body is making room for your baby to grow.”
In an effort to comfort myself and my fellow first trimester gals, here is what’s happening in my body so far. If you have a sensation to add, feel free to share in the comments section.
- Bilateral twinges in my lower abdomen: I first felt this while using the elliptical at the gym. It’s a brief twinge on one or both sides of my lower abdomen that starts just above my groins and circles out and halfway up my abdomen. My coworker who is also a women’s health professional reassured me that this is normal and is most likely round ligament pain—the feeling you get when your ligaments stretch and strengthen to support your growing uterus.
- Period-like aching: At about 4 ½ weeks, I had a dream that I started my period and woke up to that dull ache in the pit of my stomach that so often signals the impending arrival of Aunt Flow. It kept me up for two hours and came back off and on throughout the next day. It worried me sick, but it’s gone now. Based on other women’s experiences from online forums, all signs point to “your body is making room for your baby to grow.”
- Sharp pain extending across the upper abdomen when sneezing: I felt this once while lying on my back on the couch. I let out a big sneeze, which was followed by a sharp pain running the length of my upper abdomen. My friend who is also pregnant and also a health professional assures me that this is normal.
- Dull ache downstairs: Last night during my boring-ass design class, when I had nothing to focus on, my vagina started to ache. It continued through the rest of the evening and is gone this morning. Guess what—my body is making room for my baby to grow.
Okay, your turn. What scary sensations did you experience or are you experiencing during the first trimester? Did it turn out to be a sign of trouble, or did everything end up fine?