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The First Trimester Of Pregnancy

Updated on March 24, 2013

The first trimester of pregnancy is calculated as the time between 0 and 12 weeks and it very often begins even before the pregnancy first signs. As the baby grows inside you, even though you might not notice any weight gain or stomach bulge, what you will feel are changes that might not be very pleasant. While the lucky few do not have any problems, for many women, this is the time when they feel pregnancy nausea and discomfort. Let’s take a look at the changes that most pregnant women experience during this three month period.

The first trimester of pregancy
The first trimester of pregancy

One of the first changes you will notice is the change in the breasts because they are getting ready to feed the little one when it makes its appearance into this world. The nipples get larger and might turn darker and very often, there are small white raised patches called as Montgomery’s tubercles. These changes occur because of the changing estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. You need to make sure that you get a really fitting bra and keep changing your bra as often as you need to.

This is the time to make sure that you have a good gynecologist to go to. It makes things so much better when you have one right through the nine months so he or she knows the progress of your pregnancy. If the nausea is unbearable, tell him so he can give you something safe to keep it under control. At home, try not to have liquids first thing in the morning. A few sips of light tea, preferable a herbal tea like chamomile with a couple of slices of toast or biscuits are better than a big breakfast of egg, cereal, etc. Yes, you need milk during this time but you could have it later in the day or in the evening. Eat smaller and more nutritious meals through the day rather than large meals.

You might also need pregnancy help during this trimester if you are thinking of pregnancy termination. Later, this could prove dangerous so doctors will advise you that to have it done if you need to when it is an unplanned pregnancy.

Some women feel very tired during this period and because the immune system isn’t as good as it usually is, you might fall prey to infections like a cold and cough, flu or even stomach upsets. Once you know you are pregnant, tell your doctor so you are sure that no medication that could be dangerous to the fetus is given to you. Just a little care and you ca go on to have a good first trimester of pregnancy.

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