The ‘First Trimester’ is the time in between fertilization of the egg by the sperm (conception) and week 12 of a pregnancy. A woman’s body goes through many changes during the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.
Some signs of that you are pregnant are almost applicable to most of the women & are very general for almost all, these can be:
You’ll experience breasts inflammation
During pregnancy the body undergoes a lot of changes & the body is constant at work, releasing a lot of hormones, 2 of which are ‘estrogen’ & ‘progesterone’. These 2 hormones cause the glands in the breast to expand which makes the breasts heavy, even sometimes sore (which could be cause pain).
With the implantation, will come the bleeding
Don’t panic if you spot light vaginal bleeding just after 6-12 of conceiving. It is very much normal, required & nothing to worry about. It is a sign that everything is going alright.
Weakness, Tiredness & Drowsiness for the next 9 months
Pregnancy is a very big deal, not just emotionally or mentally but very much physically too. Your body is working to create a whole new life within it & is constantly at work to support the process. A lot of energy is used up in this process, therefore leaving you tired all the time. This happens the most during the first trimester.
Welcome to hating food & morning sickness!
Firstly, the good news that most probably this is just going to last for the first trimester only. This happens due to certain reason like the sudden rise of hormones like progesterone & estrogen in the body. A lot of women even feel constipated or the urge to vomit as the intestine also goes through a lot of changes.
A dizzy head
Initially, a lot of women face the problem of feeling dizzy or even sometimes fainting during their first trimester. It happens due to progesterone which causes the blood vessels to dilate. This also happens as the body gets a bit weak as it is busy in undergoing the required changes to support pregnancy.
More frequent rounds to the washroom
This is irritating but this is important too. This happens as the blood level increases in the body, which in return causes the kidneys to process extra fluid & sends it to the bladder, which creates the urge to pee.
Acidity & heartburn on the way
Unfortunately, this also happens during your pregnancy, & responsible for this is again ‘progesterone’. It causes the muscles in the uterus to relax to create space for the baby, also shrinks the valve between the esophagus & the stomach, which is the main reason for the heartburn.
The First Trimester: What & How?
A lot of major body parts of the baby grow during the first trimester, which also makes it the most important & critical phase of your pregnancy. You should be utmost careful during these days as the baby is developing all his organs.
Organs that have grown are:
- Little skeleton
By about week 6, baby starts to grow arms, legs, hands & feet. From week 10 even fingers & toes grow.
- Little nails & soft hair
Skin begins forming between week 5 & 8, with hair follicles & nails beds forming around week 8.
- The Digestive System
By about week 8, baby’s intestines will begin forming, & the baby will have gone through the 2 sets of kidneys.
- Your baby can feel the touch
The baby will have touch receptors on his face around week 8. By week 12, he’ll have receptors on his genitals, palms & the soles of his feet.
- Baby gets his eyesight
Optic nerves & lenses begin to form by week 4, with the retina beginning to form around week 8.
- Tiny heartbeats
By week 5, the tube that will become the baby’s heart begins to beat spontaneously. It will become stronger & audible around week 9 or 10.
- The control center: Brain
Around week 8 of pregnancy, the baby’s brain will start developing.
- Taste buds
The baby will develop taste buds that connects to his brain by around week 8.
|What to do during the first trimester?
|What not to do during the first trimester?
|Make prenatal appointments & take vitamins.
Exercise on a regular basis.
Involve more of fruits & vegetables in your diet & eliminate hazardous food.
Drink a lot of water.
Do exercise but cautiously.
Increase your calories intake.
Take a good night sleep.
|Quit smoking & drinking if you do.
Make a cut on caffeine intake.
Do not go for raw sprouts.
Only go for pregnancy safe exercises.
Finally, summing up, you are already living the best moments of your life, which you will cherish forever. The feeling of being a mom, of having a little life inside is you is something very special & pure. We wish all the happiness to you & hope the best.
“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”
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