The first trimester of pregnancy is the one that goes by the fastest. The reason for this is because most women don’t even realise they are pregnant for at least a month in the pregnancy. So many changes during pregnancy happening in this trimester go mostly unnoticed at first. In fact, a number of first trimester symptoms also go overlooked because you misidentify them as something else- morning sickness as a stomach bug, fatigue and cold as symptoms of flu, and many other instances as just odd occurrences. It is not until the missed period that many of you start to suspect and put the whole picture together.
As you confirm the exciting news of your pregnancy, you are bound to be curious about what all can you expect in these initial three months of pregnancy.
What Changes In You?
- One of the many early symptoms of pregnancy is frequent urination. As the end of the first trimester nears, your uterus will start to put pressure on your bladder as baby development expedites. Later on, you might have slightly lower control on your bladder movement as well.
- Dizziness and feeling faint frequently are also something that you have to deal within this time period. As your body prepares for more blood flow to the womb, it causes lightheadedness in you.
- Your increased need for nutrition during pregnancy makes food stay longer in your stomach. Adding relaxed muscles that are in charge of breaking down of the food, prepare yourself to experience a lot of heartburn and morning sickness in the first trimester and after.
- All the extra blood that your body starts producing in the first three months of pregnancy to nourish your baby makes your veins become more prominent. Seeing blue veins on your chest, belly and legs is common from the early stages of pregnancy.
- First trimester symptoms also include skin changes like spider veins on your face and neck may also happen. The increased blood flow often gives you the “pregnancy glow”, a shiny rosiness to your skin.
- Breast changes start to happen even in the early stages of pregnancy as the first trimester. They will be tender and sensitive with slight bumps developing around the nipples. This is all part of the process as your body prepares for breastfeeding after the birth of your baby.
- Although less noticeable, there are changes in your vagina too. Its lining will become thicker and less sensitive, accompanied by occasional white discharges. Some women also experience mild spotting in the first three months of pregnancy, but it is normal in little amounts.
- Despite the baby growing inside your belly, the first trimester does not see many changes in your waist size or too much weight gain either. The hormonal changes inside your body may be overtly observed in mood swings, but other internal changes stay covert.
What Is Happening To Your Baby?
- Your baby’s growth in the first trimester is nothing short of incredible, going from being a single cell to an embryo already sprouting limbs by the second month.
- Baby development changes during pregnancy include skin, hair and nails growing in the middle of the first trimester. This development is thorough enough for your baby to already have the sense of touch on their face and limbs.
- Your baby’s heart will start to beat by the 5th week in the first three months of pregnancy. And by the time you reach week 10, it will be strong enough to be heard by you with the help of a heart rate monitor or a stethoscope.
- Other than their sense of touch, your baby will start expanding the framework for the sense of sight and taste buds too. With the ongoing development of their brain, your baby’s body parts also start moving from time to time.
How Do You Ease Into It?
- It is a new feeling and you might be a bit overwhelmed with this news. So take time to get used to being pregnant, do things that help you de-stress and start with a pregnancy checklist to start preparing for the coming months.
- There are hormonal changes in your body that might affect your mood a lot. Prenatal exercises, yoga and pregnancy classes can be a lot of help in this time. These will not only help you in being calm, but they will also help with appropriate weight gain and getting the correct information about everything related to pregnancy.
- Keep regular appointments with your gynaecologist to keep track of your pregnancy and get to know about what you should eat during this time to fulfil your changing nutritional requirements. Similarly, also ask about the foods to avoid during pregnancy to keep yourself healthy.
- The start of the first trimester is the time to stop smoking, alcohol consumption, tobacco and any other substances harmful to your unborn child. Ask your doctor about any other medications you are taking or plan to take as well.
- If you have not already announced your pregnancy to friends and family, you can plan out fun ways to do so with the help of your partner. Pregnancy is something worth celebrating and your impending motherhood deserves a joyous welcome.
It is just the start of this wonderful journey of motherhood for you, there is a long and lovely way to go on from here. Knowing what to expect at different points of time in these months helps a lot. After you move ahead from the early stages of pregnancy, you can read about what happens in the second trimester too. You might look back at this time fondly even when you feel tired right now. So cherish these first three months of pregnancy and embrace each moment as it comes, you’ve got this Mommy!