If you're pregnant for the first time, some of the side effects might come as a surprise to you.

If you're pregnant for the first time, some of the side effects might come as a surprise to you.

By Missy Jaramillo

If you're pregnant for the first time, some of the side effects might come as a surprise to you. Everything fromfirst trimester symptoms to your growing belly might make you question everything you already know about pregnancy. Lisa D'Amato, a contestant on "America's Next Top Model," recently told People magazine that this was certainly the case for her.

D'Amato announced her pregnancy in May, and as she inches closer to her due date, she says that there’s plenty to learn about the process. For instance, she's discovered that morning sickness isn't just something that you deal with during the first trimester - it can go beyond the initial few weeks.

"I'm usually feeling pretty bad but always trying to stay positive," D'Amato told the magazine. "When people say I'm glowing, I tell them it's because someone needs to put on the [air conditioner]. That whole 'pregnancy glow' thing is a joke! There is nothing pretty about pregnancy except creating a life - other than that I think it's pretty gross."

D'Amato stated that she isn't concerned about gaining weight during her pregnancy. She sticks to a rigorous diet and exercise schedule, and when her pregnancy is over, she believes that she'll have no trouble getting back on them.

"I'm so disciplined with my quality of food and amount of food intake as well as my gym routine," D'Amato told the news source. "But pregnancy doesn't care what I do or how I feel or think on the matter. It has a mind of its own."

Morning sickness and its causes

Medical News Today stated that morning sickness is typically caused by fluctuating levels of estrogen in the body and low blood sugar counts. However, many doctors are still questioning exactly how and why it occurs in nearly half of women who become pregnant.

There are a few tips you can take into account if you want to reduce the severity of morning sickness during your pregnancy. Ideally, you should try to get a good night's sleep to combat fatigue associated with the ill sensations. Staying away from spicy foods and downsizing your meal portions can also help you cope with morning sickness more efficiently. Don't hesitate to speak to your doctor if you feel like the symptoms are becoming increasingly severe.

How have you dealt with morning sickness in the past? Do you have any tips for combating these symptoms? Leave your feedback in the comments section!