Hormonal changes taking place in your body can make you feel nauseous, sore, emotional and upset – particularly in the first three months of pregnancy. Breast tenderness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and results from the increased blood flow to the breast area and changes in the breast tissue. You may also find your nipples getting larger and darker in colour and they may even leak a thick, yellowish substance called colostrum as your pregnancy progresses. All these are signs of the body preparing for breastfeeding, whether you may choose to or not. During pregnancy, ligaments become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour, which can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis and cause backache. You may also find that you cry more easily, sometimes for no reason, and lose your temper more. Being tired and run down can make you feel low. Try and look after your physical health and get plenty of sleep.
The team of specialists who deliver antenatal care and beyond can include midwives, an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, a paediatrician, health worker and sometimes a dietician. Each has their own individual role to play. Here at Liverpool Women’s, we offer many services during pregnancy, including specialist antenatal services, advice on diet and exercise, restricting alcohol intake and smoking cessation, support for women and their families with disability needs and specialist care for women with complex medical problems.
Antenatal breastfeeding workshops are available to women and their partners from 28 weeks. To book onto one of our workshops, call our antenatal reception on 0151 702 4180.