When you first find out that you’re pregnant it’s a very exciting time. Even if nobody else can tell that you’re pregnant there are already some changes going on in your body that you will notice. The first trimester lasts for the first thirteen weeks of pregnancy and contains a lot of changes for you, including body changes, visits to the doctor, and wanting to know what is going on with the baby growing inside of you.
Although your body is still tiny – it’s now just a cluster of cells that grows to about the size of a peach, there are a lot of changes going on with it. Your baby begins to grow nails, skin, hair, and optic nerves. At the same time arms and legs are beginning to form. It’s around the fifth week of gestation that a heartbeat can be heard – a true thrill for the expecting parents! Your baby’s brain is gaining control over their new limbs and the senses of touch and taste are forming.
You will be experiencing a lot of changes in your body including morning sickness, mood swings from the rise and fall of hormones, and painful or tender breasts. Remember that morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, not just the morning. Since your baby is so small your weight gain will be minimal – around five pounds at the most. Now is not the time to be “eating for two”. Keep eating like normal, but make sure that you’re eating as healthy as possible and avoiding anything that could harm your growing baby.
There are a lot of changes occurring in your body right now and not all of them feel normal. Being sick a lot of the time is frustrating for all women who experience morning sickness even though it is considered a perfectly normal side effect of being pregnant. There are some changes that you may experience that should be checked out by a doctor. It’s important to call for an appointment if you experience a high fever, sudden pain in the belly area, or heavy vaginal bleeding. All of these symptoms are cause for concern and need to be checked out. Also call the doctor if you have changes in your vision, painful urination, a sudden increase in thirst, or puffiness in your hands or face.
A lot of women are aware of what they should do in the first trimester to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Taking a prenatal vitamin, visiting your doctor to get regular checkups, and having discussions with your partner about care during pregnancy and your birthing plans are all important things to do once you’ve found out that you’re pregnant. This is such an exciting time! It’s important to take care of yourself and to make sure that you do everything you can to take care of your baby. If you work you might want to wait to talk to your employer about your pregnancy but once you do you can start planning maternity leave as well.