If you just got the positive pregnancy test, I’m sorry (but also, congrats!) Pregnancy is a series of ups and downs. It sucks in your first trimester, but then it’s not so bad. it sucks in your third trimester, but then you get a baby. So if you’re just getting started, you’ll want to know how those first few weeks compare to the last leg of the run, right? So just what is pregnancy like in your first trimester versus your third?
Well (and to absolutely no one's surprise, if they managed to pay attention in health class) throughout pregnancy, a number of changes occur. For some, the difficult side-effects of those inevitable changes only last those first few weeks. For others, they don’t show up until much later. And, for the truly unlucky, the entire experience is rough. Your body aches and feels totally uncomfortable and you often want to puke at inopportune times. You can’t really do a lot of the fun things you used to do (or pretended you would always do someday) and a constant state of fear becomes part of your every day pregnant life.
However, and it is definitely worth remembering, there’s also some really awesome, fun stuff you get to experience when you're pregnant. You get to buy new clothes. People (who aren’t rude) open doors for you, give up their seats, and even let you cut in line. You start feeling little tiny kicks in your belly that are akin to the butterflies you got when you developed your first crush. So don’t lament, it’s not all bad. Here’s a side by side comparison of what to expect.