At this time, you may still be experiencing some of the same symptoms as earlier on in pregnancy, although as you soon as you enter your second trimester they may ease up. However, there are new symptoms that will likely develop as pregnancy continues.
At 12 weeks pregnant, you may still be experiencing pregnancy nausea, and possibly vomiting. You may feel pregnancy sickness even more intensely with a twin pregnancy. The good news? For many women, pregnancy sickness eases up in the second trimester.
Many women experience specific food cravings or a new dislike for a specific food. The types of food pregnant women crave or can’t stand varies from person to person. While some crave pizza and French fries, it's also perfectly normal to crave veggies and fruit. Remember, it's temporary, and your cravings will return to normal soon.
Because the pregnancy hormone progesterone slows down your digestive system, you may have constipation and struggle to have bowel movements. Walking, drinking water, and eating fiber can help prevent constipation, but talk to your provider if you’re unable to have regular bowel movements.
As your babies grow and your uterus expands, pressure is being placed on your bladder, making it so you need to pee often. Pregnancy hormones and an increased amount of blood flow throughout your body also increases how much fluid is filtered through your kidneys. Limiting how much coffee, tea and soda you drink, cutting back on beverages before bedtime, and emptying your bladder when you do pee can help.
Weight gain is important and expected during pregnancy, and eating well will help ensure you and your baby get the nutrients you need to grow and develop. While each woman is different, weight gain expectations are higher for women who are pregnant with twins compared to women who are pregnant with a single baby.
The increase in hormones throughout your body, as well as a normal increase of blood volume during pregnancy may cause headaches. Depending on the cause and type of headache, there are some things you can do to ease the pain, like avoiding any known headache triggers, taking a shower, and applying a cool compress to your head.
As blood flow to your uterus increases to support your baby, you may have decreased blood pressure when you stand up, switch positions, or stand in one place for too long. This can cause dizziness. Talk to your provider if dizziness becomes more serious or frequent than you're comfortable with.
While backaches are more common later in pregnancy due to the increased weight of your babies, they can also occur at the beginning of pregnancy due to loosening joints. This is all thanks to the changes in your hormones – and your expanding uterus.
It's normal to have more vaginal discharge during pregnancy. This is normal and due to an increase in estrogen. However, consult with your provider if you have green, yellow, or thick cheese-like discharge, if you have foul smelling discharge, or if your vaginal area is red, itchy or irritated. Any of these things could be signs of an infection or problem.