What to expect in the 1st Trimester?

What to expect? - 1st Trimester

Congratulations, you are going to be a Mother! ❤️ 

Being pregnant 🤰🏼  is a super exciting time and also a big change in your life with so many new experiences! Your body will go through so many transformations over the next 9 months.
A full-term pregnancy is 4️⃣0️⃣ weeks and can range from 37-42 weeks. With each trimester you are going to notice a variety of different changes in your body and a lot of symptoms.

Let’s see what can you expect in  the 1st Trimester:

Your first trimester starts with the first day of your last normal period 🩸 (0️⃣ - 1️⃣2️⃣ weeks). During your first trimester you may not look pregnant 🤰🏼 but your body is going through so many changes! Some common symptoms in the first trimester: 

  • Fatigue 😴 
  • Sore Breasts 
  • Morning sickness 🤢  
  • Headaches 😖
  • Constipation 💩 
  • Food Cravings or aversions 🍕 🥒 

During the first trimester your hormone levels 📈 change a lot and your uterus begins to support the growth of the placenta and the fetus 👶🏻 . During this time you may notice your heart rate ♥️  increases – this is due to all the extra blood 🩸 supply in order to carry oxygen and nutrients to your baby. 

It is very important to take all your prenatal vitamins 💊 during your pregnancy, especially during the first trimester as this is a vital time for the development of your baby 👶🏻 and all their organs. By the end of your first trimester your baby will have developed all its organs and weighs a full half-ounce – around the size of a lime. 

What to expect: 

The first test done will likely be an at home pregnancy test – from there you will call your health care provider👩🏼‍⚕️ to book an appointment 🗓 – this usually happens around 6-10 weeks (after your last period). At this appointment they may confirm your pregnancy with a urine sample or blood tests, you may have a panel of blood work ordered to check all your levels and indicators on the health of the baby 👶🏻  – sometimes you will just be scheduled for an ultrasound around 8-10 weeks. At this appointment the doctor 👨🏻‍⚕️or ultrasound technician will check your baby’s health and sometimes you will be able to see or hear a heartbeat 💓 !

Things to Consider:

Now is the time to lower your caffeine ☕️  consumption – moderate consumption is okay (less than 200mg) avoid soft cheeses 🧀 , deli meat, raw fish 🐟 , and no smoking 🚬 . During your first trimester it is a great time to look at community support, register for some classes, and start thinking about your pregnancy and childbirth. 

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