Why you don’t feel pregnant anymore?
Why don’t I feel pregnant anymore? This question can raise some anxiety, especially if you don’t know what to expect during the next nine months. However, there are logical explanations about why you don’t feel pregnant anymore. I’d also like to share some informative reading material with you to help relieve any worries that you might have.
Anticipating the Unexpected
There are going be times during the gestation period when you wish certain symptoms would go way and when you don’t feel pregnant anymore. Take morning sickness as an example. You might have trouble dealing with it during the first few weeks; then unexpectedly, it’s gone.
So the point is more than likely, you may never completely know what to expect, including the phase of no longer feeling pregnant. And that’s ok. Knowing what’s “normal” is can be quite helpful.
Therefore, gaining some information that addresses the concern of why you’re not feeling as pregnant can be very helpful. Here are a few books that can shed some light on this matter:
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors who are Parents Too!This illustrated book contains week-by-week information about the baby’s development along with advice from medical professionals.
- The Pregnant Body Book: This reference comes complete with an interactive DVD. Both the book and video include vivid and detailed information on the development of the baby and your own physiological changes.
- Pregnancy Day by Day: Updated and revised, this book not only provides information that reflects today’s practices but also offers some practical advice for all stages of pregnancy—from nutrition to exercise during certain phases of gestation.
- The Pregnancy Encyclopedia: This book is written in question-and-answer format, which might make for easy reading. Also, this format allows you to look up specific topics, and over 300 are covered. The text is also accompanied by photographs and illustrations.
- What to Expect when Expecting: This work is now in its fifth edition and covers all three trimesters and the first month after birth. Also, it addresses any of your concerns in a detailed manner.
As the old saying goes, “knowledge is power.” The more you educate yourself on what to expect during pregnancy, the calmer you’ll feel about any symptoms that you experience even during the times when you don’t feel pregnant anymore.
The Second Trimester: When You Don’t Feel Pregnant Anymore
This is the stage when you might feel “normal” again compared to the first trimester—almost to the point where you don’t feel pregnant anymore.
The dust has settled since you’ve received the great news, and the morning sickness has dissipated a bit if not disappeared altogether. You’ve finally completed one part of the journey, and frankly, life is a lot easier without having to deal with PMS.
So it’s not totally unheard of to not “feel” pregnant right around the sixth week. This is because the placenta is slowly taking over the duties of transporting necessary nutrients and oxygen to your baby. Since the development of all the baby’s vital organs occurs within the next six weeks, things start to slow down a bit compared to the first trimester.
Another reason why you don’t feel pregnant anymore is because you’ve grown more accustomed to the physical changes. You would be amazed at what you can get used to within a few short weeks. In fact, you can consider this a period of reprieve when you’re finally adapting to all the changes.
When to Call the Doctor
On the other hand, there are times when you have questions about something that seems unusual, like not feeling pregnant anymore. In this case, you should call your doctor to get the answers that you need.
There are also more serious situations when you should rush over to the nearest clinic or emergency room. The following are symptoms that require attention as quickly as possible:
- Very sharp abdominal or pelvic pain that lasts more than just a few minutes
- Bright red or dark brown spotting or bleeding
- Pain or burning while urinating; yellowish brown urine
- Abdominal pain under the ribs on the right side
- Pain in either shoulder and in the upper right quadrant
- A headache that is not alleviated by acetaminophen
- Pain and swelling in one leg and not the other
- Contractions that increase in severity and frequency—more than six in one hour (signs of possible preterm labor)
As mentioned, if you experience any of these discomforts, you will need to contact your doctor right away or go to the emergency room.
Some important advice is to pay close attention to what your body is experiencing throughout the duration of your pregnancy while refraining from panicking every time something changes. Many signs (or lack of) actually signify the normal process of gestation.
Some ideal approaches to monitoring your pregnancy should include:
- Gathering information from quality sources, such as The Pregnant Body Book or What to Expect When Expecting. Finding answers from a user-friendly reference can take the mystery out of what you’re experiencing during your pregnancy.
- Maintain consistent communication with your doctor both during appointments and via email, text, or other means of messaging.
- If you undergo physical changes that are more profound than before, then go immediately to the emergency room or clinic.
Remember that a decrease in symptoms should not be considered a bad omen. Rather, this can bring some welcome relief after the tumultuous first trimester. Every pregnancy is different, and the more general knowledge you have about this process, the better you’ll feel.
What are your thoughts on this process? Please feel free to share questions or comments with us.