• All You Should Know About Your First Trimester

    All You Should Know About Your First Trimester

    For most women, the first trimester of pregnancy is so time consuming because everything is all so new, exciting and even overwhelming. This is the time to schedule early pregnancy appointments, confirm your pregnancy and have your doctor run tests, talk to your doctor if you feel sick, tired or having strange cravings. Did you know your heart pumps 40-50% more blood while you’re pregnant as your baby’s heart is pumping too?

    The first weeks of your pregnancy are a vital time as your pregnancy gets established. While you get used to being pregnant, your body is busy building a baby. How exciting!

    The first trimester begins on the 1st day of your last period and lasts until the end of week 12, but there’s a lot more you need to know…

    Week 1: Start taking a daily prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid (Pregnacare Supplement ofcourse). Quit any unhealthy habits, such as smoking or drinking.

    Week 2: Ovulation occurs. For the best chances of getting pregnant, have sex one to two days before your expected ovulation date. Keep (or start) moving. Experts recommend that you exercise for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days throughout pregnancy.

    Week 3: You may be pregnant but probably won’t have any symptoms. Don’t take any medications, prescription or over-the-counter without checking with your doctor. Keep eating healthy food, and use your Pregnancy supplements.

    Week 4: You may be starting to feel bloated, crampy, tired and moody, and experiencing sore breasts, nausea/vomiting and a frequent need to pee. But don’t worry if you’re not, that’s normal. Get an extra supportive bra, especially if your breasts are expanding. Many women grow a full cup size in the first few weeks.

    Week 5: Your baby’s tiny face is starting to form – the beginnings of a miniscule nose and eyes are already taking shape. Hairs, Nails and even brain are forming and developing.

    Week 6: A heartbeat can usually be heard. The tissue that will become the ribs and the muscles are developing, as are buds which will form into legs and arms. While the baby’s skull is not firm, all of the channels and areas for spinal fluid circulation are now present.

    Week 7: With pregnancy hormones increasing, morning sickness may be worsening. Or, you may be ravenous 24/7. If you’re nauseated, try eating several small meals throughout the day, especially ones with ginger and citrus; avoid strong odors; and wear acupressure wristbands.

    Week 8: Here comes a growth spurt: Your little one will double in size this week. Your doctor may look or listen for the baby’s heartbeat with an ultrasound. The baby’s joints are becoming well defined, as are the eyelids, nose, lips, toes and fingers.

    Week 9: The pressure of your growing uterus on your bladder may cause you to leak small amounts of urine. The head is folded downward against the chest, hair follicles, gall bladder, pancreas and reproductive organs have formed.

    Week 10: While the icky side effects of pregnancy may be starting to abate, your anxiety about having a healthy baby might be increasing.

    Week 11: Your bump may start to show soon. Your cravings may run the gamut from cheeseburgers to chalk (really!). Weird non-food cravings are known as pica and can reflect a deficiency in your diet. Nearly all of the foetus’s organs are beginning to function, and genitals begin to take on male or female form.

    Week 12: Your uterus has begun to expand outside the protective pelvic bones. Your baby’s bones, muscles and all its organs have formed. Start shopping for maternity clothes.

    Some other things you go through during your 1st trimester:

    Aversions: Being repelled by certain tastes and smells is common. Your digestion is slowing down, some formerly appealing foods become intolerable. Ignoring an aversion may only make you feel sicker, so don’t feel you have to eat something just because you think it’s good for you.

    Cravings: The flip side of aversions. Although the cause is unknown, they may simply be your body’s way of telling you to eat what you can feel like.

    Breasts: Pregnant women always think of their bellies as the focal point, but usually the first physical symptom they notice is a too-tight bra. The symptoms of early pregnancy like acne, mood swings, cramps, swollen or tender breasts, closely resemble PMS.

    Fatigue: Extreme fatigue is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy. Your metabolic rate—the amount of energy you burn just to exist—is way above normal then. If you’re at risk for having a baby with an inherited disorder, counselling can help you and your partner decide whether to undergo tests to determine if either of you is a carrier or to see if your foetus is affected.

    Labour Prep: Women generally start taking childbirth-prep courses, during the second trimester, but classes fill up quickly. Research the options in your area. Your doctor or hospitals probably have lists, so sign up early. While you’re at it, look into breastfeeding and new born-care classes, hospital tours.

    Pregnancy Tests: If you take a pregnancy test on the first day you miss your period, there’s a 10 percent chance that you’ll get a false negative reading. In the interest of safety, assume (and act as if) you are pregnant and retest a week later.

    Weight Gain: While the average weight gain during the first trimester is normal, some women actually lose weight because of morning sickness and food aversions. If it happens to you, don’t panic: You’ll soon see the numbers on the scale climb. Pregnancy is not the time to go on a diet, but rather to eat as healthfully as you can. Anytime you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs, it has to rob them from someplace else, and that may mean invading emergency stores of calcium or iron or other nutrients.

    X and Y Chromosomes: The sperm determines the baby’s sex. The egg and sperm each contribute one chromosome. The egg always carries an X; the sperm, either an X or a Y. If the fertilizing sperm contains an X chromosome, you will have a girl. If it contains a Y, you’re having a boy.

    Get relief from morning sickness: Unfortunately, “morning sickness” can last all. Try eating small, frequent meals and healthy snacks.

    Go to bed early: In early pregnancy, you may be more exhausted than you ever imagined you could be. Get more rest by turning in early – even if it makes you feel like a grandma.

    While you are busy dreaming about what your child will look like, be like and planning for all the necessities you will require for your new bundle of joy, your body is also quite busy and going through a great deal of preparation. The first trimester of pregnancy is an extremely important time with many things going on.

    Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle are very important in your first trimester and all through your pregnancy.

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