First Trimester


Congratulations! Your journey to motherhood is underway. Each month of your pregnancy will be filled with new and exciting revelations about you and your baby.

The First Trimester (Week 1-Week 12)

During the first three months of pregnancy your body will undergo many new changes. As your body adjusts to the growing baby, you may have nausea, fatigue, backaches, mood swings, and stress. These things are all normal. Most of these symptoms will pass as you enter the second trimester of your pregnancy. However, some symptoms like backaches and fatigue may be there to stay! Don’t get discouraged. This is a wonderful experience for you and your significant other. As your body changes, you might need to make changes to your normal, everyday routine. Here are some of the most common changes or symptoms you might experience in the first trimester:

Tiredness

Many women find they’re absolutely exhausted during the first trimester. Don’t worry, this is normal and it will pass! This is your body’s way of telling you that you need more rest.  Working Moms might have a hard time finding extra time to take a break, but remember everyone needs some time for themselves everyday. So be sure to take a few minutes a day to de-stress, take a nap if possible, and unwind from your daily routine. If you can at least 8 hours of sleep every night that would be ideal.

Nausea and Vomiting

This is more commonly known as morning sickness, but don’t be fooled. This may not just occur in the morning. It can pop up in the afternoon and evening hours as well and some women are plagued with round the clock nausea. This is probably the worst first trimester symptom and while it seems like it may last forever, don’t despair! Most women find relief after the first trimester is complete. The help soothe nausea try eating smaller meal more frequently throughout the day and avoid fried or spicy foods. Try eating starchy foods like crackers or toast. If your nausea or vomiting become excessive, call your doctor. This may lead to dehydration which is a danger to you and your baby. There are also great prescription medications available that can help soothe the nausea and vomiting you may be experiencing.

Frequency of Urination

Can’t make it through the night without a trip to the bathroom? This is very normal and will become even more common as your uterus expands and applies pressure on your bladder.

Weight gain

During the first trimester, it is normal to only gain about one pound per month. However, if you gain more than that, do not be alarmed. Eat when you are hungry, but try not to over indulge.

Changes in Your Baby

By the end of the first trimester, your baby is about three inches long and weighs about half an ounce. The eyes move closer together into their positions, and the ears also are in position. The liver is making bile, and the kidneys are secreting urine into the bladder. Even though you can’t feel your baby move yet, your baby will move inside you in response to pushing on your abdomen.