For some women, this week begins what is sometimes referred to as the "golden period." This is when the risk for miscarriage is lower, and you can feel comfortable sharing your exciting news. With that, the fatigue, nausea, and other first-trimester side effects may disappear, sleep should improve, and you might even enjoy a surge of energy. In general, you might feel more like the "old" you.
Around this time, you will also notice a few baby-related changes. Being pregnant will probably feel more real to you. Sometime around week 10 to 12, your health care provider may have listened to the baby's heartbeat using Doppler ultrasound. Or your provider may have shown you the baby with a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound. Usually by 18 weeks, you will start feeling little flurries inside. Those butterfly-like sensations are the baby, making its presence felt for the first time!
You may also feel like there is a transition from feeling fat to looking pregnant. Total strangers in the grocery store might wish you well or inquire as to which month you're in. And if you take public transportation, someone might actually offer you a seat!
Keep in mind that not all women at this point are without symptoms and sensations. In fact, a whole new set of aches and pains, and potential problems and complications may set in. You might suffer from back, abdomen, or leg cramps, and you may have heartburn. Your skin may change (darken, grow more moles, or skin tags), and you might have bouts of constipation. But look on the upside -- you're 1/3 of the way there!