First Trimester: Weeks 01 – 13

Congratulations Mum, after confirming your missed periods the reason behind this is your pregnancy, it’s the right time to be sure that soon you are going to have your newborn in your arms and start a new life and become a mom. Things you must know, what exactly happens in the First Trimester and what kind of risks are involved in it, what the symptoms will be, and how you feel in your early pregnancy. These are some important thoughts that generally arrive in your mind once you confirm your pregnancy. 

Common Symptoms in early Pregnancy:

As we all know few common symptoms arrive in the first trimester but sometimes you may feel slightly different it depends upon your hormonal changes. You do not need to worry every person has a different body structure and hormonal balance. Some noticeable body changes and symptoms of early pregnancy are here:

  • Tender Breasts
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Sensitivity to smell
  • Constipation
  • Frequent Urination
  • Change the color of areolas
  • Increasing the basal body temperature
  • Cervical Mucus

Besides that you may feel:

  • Irritate / Dry skin
  • Itching on overall body
  • Hot/Cold feet
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Sleepless nights
  • Dry Nose
  • Food Cravings

All these are also the symptoms you may feel in your first trimester. It is not mandatory in every case but it may be the same in some cases. You can not blame yourself for these symptoms but your pregnancy hormones are the reason for it. All these signs are the indication that the pregnancy is going well and the required hormones are there to help your baby in its growth. 

Precautions have to be taken in early pregnancy:

In the early phase of pregnancy, you must take some precautions. It is mandatory for your pregnancy because the riskiest weeks of pregnancy are week 5 to week 12, Most of the Miscarriages happen in the early phase of pregnancy. It’s all about nature, a thing which is not good or healthy, nature takes back it from us. As simple as that in early pregnancy when your embryo starts to develop if there is any kind of imbalance in embryo chromosomes who meet with both partners chromosomes are not matched in this case most of the pregnancies terminated by nature itself. But in some cases when an embryo implants and attaches itself with the uterus but due to some hormonal or internal damages it starts to detach in that case the miscarries also happen. To avoid these kinds of situations you have to take care of yourself.

  • Take proper rest.
  • Avoid climbing stairs initially. 
  • If there is any spotting / heavy bleeding consult your doctor immediately.
  • Do not lift heavy items.
  • Do not try to sit for too long.
  • Don’t take any kind of stress.
  • Don’t do heavy exercise.

We can not assure that after doing all these the rate of miscarriage goes down but you have to be very careful in the early stage of pregnancy.

When does the baby bump start to show?

Once you come to know that you’re pregnant then it’s quite obvious to have the curiosity to know when you look like that you’re pregnant. No worries it’s not the time yet. You have to wait for more weeks to look like a pregnant woman because in the first trimester the journey of a young embryo to fetus is quite long. It works around 11 weeks from an embryo to a fetus officially.

In the first trimester, you may not feel like you have a baby bump. You may feel some fullness around your lower abdominal area because of Bloating. Once you pass your first trimester your baby and your belly both develop together day by day. 

Healthy diet tips for a pregnant lady:

  • Drink at least 07-08 glass of water in a day 
  • Add dry fruits to your meal.
  • Consume green leafy vegetables.
  • Don’t forget to add seasonal fruits.
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking if you do.
  • Do not try to take raw or uncooked meat.
  • Take proper nutrition which is prescribed(like folic acid, iron, and multivitamins)
  • Do not forget your consultant visits. 
  • Do yoga and light exercise for better blood flow.
  • Avoid junk food.                                              

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