The First trimester
It is most important to know what to expect in your first trimester pregnancy and be prepared to deal with that. Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some women feel very healthy and glow, but others feel sick all the time and are miserable. You must know which symptoms are bad for the pregnancy and go to the doctor immediately.
These are the most dangerous symptoms of something wrong happening:
-severe abdominal pain
-rapid weight gain or no weight gain
And these are the normal symptoms that can occur, but if exaggerated, they are dangerous also.
Bleeding in the first trimester, if appearing in spotting is normal, it indicates that embryo is implanted in the uterus. But, significant pain, heavy bleeding, and cramps are bad signs. They could be signs of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
Change of the hormones makes the breasts extra sensitive. Hormones are changing to prepare the milk ducts for the baby. The breast tenderness will last the whole trimester. Change the bra to a bigger size and more supporting one.
The higher levels of the progesterone make the intestines move slower. This is what causes constipation and make you bloated. Increase the fiber foods and drink more water. Long walks or nay physical activity also helps.
Leucorrhea is normal to appear in the first trimester. You can wear a panty liner to feel more comfortable. Avoid tampons because they can cause infections. If the discharge is yellow or green, smells bad or if you have a lot of clear discharge, go to the doctor immediately.
A version for food or cravings
More than 60% of pregnant women have aversions for food or cravings. It is completely normal during the first trimester. What is not normal is if you have cravings for non-foods: clay, dirt, laundry starch or something like that. If cravings like this appear, consult the doctor immediately.
Growing a fetus inside you takes more energy than usual. Take more naps throughout the day and increase the iron intake to avoid anemia.A frequent urinating. The growth of the uterus puts pressure on the bladder. Avoid caffeine or other diuretics. When you need to go, go as soon as you can. And don’t stop drinking water.
Progesterone is also the cause for the heartburn. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the esophagus which make food and acids reflux. To avoid the burn, eat small meals and avoid greasy, spicy and acidic foods.
Blame the hormones again, and the fatigue. One moment you feel miserable, the next overwhelmed, then happy and the next thing you know, you star crying.
85% of women deal with morning sickness. Some experience mild nausea, others vomit and some feel nausea all day long. It not dangerous, but if you don’t try to deal with it, it may affect the daily nutrition you take. Call the doctor if you can’t stop vomiting. Most of the women have experience of morning sickness during the first trimester.
It is normal to gain a little weight in the first trimester. But don’t go by the adage of “eating for two”. Eat enough, which is 150 calories a day. Eat extra fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread and lean meat. Consult the doctor about the amounts and kind of food that is best to eat while pregnant.
Symptoms and development in the first trimester pregnancy week by week: