Even though your baby will have only just started to develop, your body will likely undergo a lot of changes during the first three months of your pregnancy.
There will undoubtedly be countless things going through your head when you first discover you're pregnant. Once that whirlwind of emotions has passed, part of you will probably think "oh I've got ages until the baby arrives." While that is true to an extent, the changes the baby will make to your body will have already begun.
In fact, for some moms, some of the most extreme changes take place during that very first trimester. Even though by the eight-week point your baby will only be the size of a raspberry, it will already be taking its toll on your body. It's nothing to worry about, we just want to make sure you know what to expect. Here are a few of the things you might well go through courtesy of baby.
The most common of all is morning sickness. Pretty much everyone has heard of this one and annoyingly, almost all moms go through it. Don't let the name fool you, though. Sickness during your first trimester can strike at any time and won't necessarily be reserved for the morning. Eating little and often is key, and try to eat as much plain and dry food as possible.
The other big one that really goes without saying is tiredness. Again, despite the baby's tiny size, it is still going to take a lot out of you. Sore breasts, mood swings, and an increased need to pee may also affect you. All symptoms women don't expect to experience until later in their pregnancy but they can strike very early on, so don't be alarmed if they do.
You'll probably hear from a lot of moms that the first trimester is actually worse than the second. That does tend to be the case for a lot of women. Sometimes some of the above eases off a little, while in other cases moms-to-be might simply be getting used to them. Don't depend on them going away though, each pregnancy is unique and there is no way of knowing what each individual will experience until they are going through it.