The emotional ups and downs of the first two months often continue into the third month. The good news is that the level of pregnancy hormones in your blood will probably peak during this month, meaning at least their side effects won’t get any worse. For most women, the “constant” PMS feeling will begin to diminish by the end of twelve weeks. Other feelings you may have include:
- An inner confidence. The fear of miscarriage, so prevalent in the first two months, now lessens a lot, since miscarriages most often occur within the first eight weeks. If you’ve had a previous miscarriage, you may enter the third month with a sigh of relief and allow yourself to feel a surge of maternal love and hopefulness that you may have held back in case this baby didn’t make it. It is in this month that most women begin to feel confident that they really are going to go on to deliver a healthy baby.
- A need to be alone. Throughout much of the first trimester, but especially at its end, many women report that they just want to be alone. Perhaps this is another one of nature’s messages to slow down, retreat, and consider yourself first. It’s also a sign that you are ready to become acquainted with the little life that’s growing inside you.
- Concerns about weight gain. In the first two months you may have worried less about weight gain than you do now. Chances are you were just happy you could keep any food down at all. (Women who experience more than their fair share of nausea and food aversions during the first two months may not begin to gain weight until the third month.) Now that you are craving food more, and able to keep most of it down, it’s normal to become conscious of the weight this extra food is going to put on.
- Worries about coping. If you are one of the few women whose pregnancy sickness does not begin to diminish by the end of this month, you may wonder how you are ever going to get through the next six. Even the sickest women usually experience some relief by the end of four months, so hang in there. Keep in mind though, as your pregnancy progresses, you’ll feel more pregnant.
- Antsy. It’s common at this stage of pregnancy to feel eager to get into “real” pregnancy, where you look pregnant and feel the baby moving. Waiting is especially hard if you’re feeling out of sorts.