At month 3 of your pregnancy, things are starting to feel very, very real, but what’s actually happening to your body and baby right now, and how can we support you? We chat to Jess and some of our favourite health experts to find out…
As you go through your pregnancy, your body is constantly changing to accommodate your growing baby and get you ready for birth. It’s pretty awe-inspiring how it does that, but all those changes can make you feel a bit out of control. Hormones are kicking in, your ligaments are loosening, your baby is growing and it can feel like your body is not your own.
To help you take back a bit of control and understand what’s going on, we asked Jessica Ennis-Hill and her physiotherapist Ali Rose to share their experience and expertise, then we share the exercise philosophy that will help you feel like you again.
At this point in your pregnancy, you might have had your first scan (although this can be any time up until 14 weeks) and you may have started telling people your good news. This can feel like a huge relief (especially at social occasions when you’re trying to dodge the prosecco), but it can also make things feel quite ‘real’ once the news is out.
While you’re unlikely to have a bump (although some women do start showing), there’s tons going on inside you. By the end of this month, for example, your uterus has shifted position from the bottom of your pelvis upwards into your tummy area to make more room for your baby. The good news about all this internal activity is that there’s every chance you’ll need to wee less often because the pressure has been taken off your bladder. Phew!
The chances are that you’ll be feeling pretty tired right now. So be kind to yourself. After all, your body is very busy growing a baby, plus a whole placenta.
You might be starting to see the back of some of those annoying early pregnancy symptoms, like nausea, sore boobs and that weird repugnance for certain foods. And you may be feeling hungrier than before. The important thing to remember is to eat nutritiously, but don’t eat for two (we know – annoying, right?). It’s important to stay a healthy weight not just for you but so that your baby remains a healthy weight, too.
You might also notice the effects of the hormone relaxin. This is produced at the beginning of your pregnancy to loosen up your liagments and make more room in your pelvis, says physiotherapist Ali Rose – and it peaks around your 12th week. “Relaxin can start pulling other joints out of line, particularly your hips, feet and shoulders,” she explains. “It can feel as though your body is no longer your own.”
The chances are that you’ll be feeling pretty tired right now. So be kind to yourself. After all, your body is very busy growing a baby, plus a whole placenta
This is an exciting but also nerve-wracking time – and that’s completely understandable. “When I first found out I was pregnant, I just had this amazing feeling of excitement,” says Jessica Ennis-Hill. “You can’t quite believe what’s about to happen to your body and how your life’s going to change.”
“I also started to wonder if all these random sensations were pregnancy symptoms. If my eye twitched, for example, I’d be like – what does it mean? Is it because I’m pregnant?” laughs Jess.
“Physically, you don’t look that different, but inside you’re feeling massive changes and as though your body isn’t quite you,” she says. “That’s the hardest thing I’d say, so make sure you chat to friends or family who have been through what you have and share what you are feeling. That really helps.”
Ok, so that’s topline about what’s going on for you, but what about your baby? At this point, they are about 5.5 cm long, so around the size of a plum, and they weigh about the same as three grapes. They have also been very busy. Almost all their organs are fully formed now except for the brain and spinal cord. And yes, that goes for their sex organs too. Saying that, it’s still too early to tell yet whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
They have also been very busy. Almost all their organs are fully formed now except for the brain and spinal cord. And yes, that goes for their sex organs too. Saying that, it’s still too early to tell yet whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
Pregnancy exercise is not about doing crazy hard work-outs, but rather strengthening your body so you can stay active and be ready for your baby
How Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Jennis Pregnancy app can help
Exercise is really beneficial for you and your baby in pregnancy, and it feels great too. Wondering where to start? “Yoga, pilates, strength and stability work are all brilliant in the first trimester,” says Ali.
This is where Jessica Ennis-Hill’s pregnancy workout app, Jennis Pregnancy, is fab. All the exercises on Jennis Pregnancy have been physio-approved and designed to a) keep you safely active throughout your pregnancy, b) help you have a healthy birth, c) help you recover well afterwards. Plus Jess talks you through them, so they’re really easy to follow. Find out more about Jennis Pregnancy exercises for the first trimester.
Another bonus? Pregnancy exercise is not about doing crazy hard work-outs, but rather strengthening your body so you can stay active and be ready for your baby. “Exercising when pregnant is about remaining fit rather than pushing yourself too hard to become fit,” says Jess. “I really enjoyed exercising throughout my pregnancy. It was nice to not have to push myself too hard – just enjoy staying active.”