What to (Really) Expect When You're 3 Months Pregnant
Your Body At 3 Months Pregnant
Nausea & Morning Sickness May Subside
As you near the end of your first trimester, the nausea and morning sickness from earlier in your pregnancy may begin to subside or go away entirely. (Hallelujah!) Constipation, gas, and heartburn often persist, but at least you’ll be able to keep down a meal — and maybe even start enjoying food again.
The Pregnancy Glow Is Real
With a double dose of female hormones coursing through your body, many women develop what’s referred to as the “pregnancy glow” during their third month of pregnancy. In fact, your blood’s hormone level reaches its maximum at month three. You also may begin to show and, because 85 percent of miscarriages occur during the first trimester, you can finally start sharing the good news with friends and family as the month comes to an end.
Your Baby at 3 Months Pregnant
Lots of Growing!
During the third month of pregnancy, your baby will grow to between two and three inches in length and weigh in at 1/2 ounce — in other words, he or she is now about the size of a roll of Life Savers. Your baby’s toes and fingers continue to develop during month three of pregnancy — and they may even begin to grow fingernails and toenails.
By the end of month three, your baby’s external genitals will have started to form. This means that, if you want to know the sex in advance, you won’t have to wait much longer to find out! During month three of pregnancy, your baby’s muscles are developing and that means he or she is moving around more. Their facial muscles are also functional at this point, so they can do things like open their mouths and clench their fists. Although your baby is doing all kinds of gymnastics and somersaults, you won’t be able to feel them yet — most women feel the first kick at around month five.
Your Symptoms and Health at 3 Months Pregnant
Ahead, the most common pregnancy symptoms you’ll experience at this point in your pregnancy:
The increased blood supply in your body combined with pregnancy hormones can result in more vaginal discharge than usual. If the discharge is clear, whitish, and doesn’t have an odor, there’s nothing to worry about.
Changes In Skin Color
At three months pregnant, you may notice that the color of your nipples has darkened. This is nothing to be concerned about and it happens because your body is producing more of the pigment melanin than usual. Some women also develop a dark vertical line that runs from the pubic area to the belly button. These changes in skin color will either fade or disappear completely after you’ve given birth.
We regret to inform you that fatigue remains a common symptom during month three of pregnancy. Continue to rest, stay hydrated, and engage in some physical activity — it’ll help you get better quality sleep at night. Don’t push yourself to do anything too rigorous; prenatal yoga and walks will do the trick.
Changes To Your Breasts
During month three of pregnancy, many women’s breasts continue to grow. It’s common for the areolas to become larger and darker, and you may notice that your nipples have begun to protrude. This is because milk glands are getting ready to produce milk for your little one when they arrive, which adds fat to your breasts. If your bras are starting to feel tight and uncomfortable, it’s time to invest in a new one that’s comfier.
Written by Caitlin Flynn.
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