Just imagine. By the end of the first trimester, your baby will have arms, legs, fingers, feet, and toes and will be about 3-4 inches long!
While you may be prepared for some of the changes in your body, there are others you may not be expecting. If you know what to expect, the changes can be a little less intimidating.
What to expect in your first trimester:
Tender Breasts – Often one of the first signs of pregnancy. It will lessen after the first trimester.
Constipation – Drinking lots of water, eating foods high in fiber, and continuing to exercise will help keep constipation to a minimum.
Mood Changes – A common symptom during pregnancy due to hormones, changes in your body, stress, fatigue, etc.
Slight Bleeding – It is estimated that between 25-40% of women experience some spotting or slight bleeding during pregnancy. It is perfectly okay to call your physician with any questions or concerns about bleeding.
Cravings and Aversions – You may crave certain foods or find that things you used to love now seem revolting. Most of these symptoms lessen by the 4th month.
Heartburn – Smaller, more frequent meals can help. Also, avoid spicy and acidic foods.
Frequent Urination – This symptom isn’t limited to the first trimester. Keep your bladder healthy by doing Kegels.
Fatigue – A very common symptom which often returns in the third trimester.
Discharge – While you might have noticed a milky vaginal discharge before, you may find that there is more of it during pregnancy.
Nausea and Vomiting – Often referred to as “morning sickness,” it can happen at any time of the day. It’s not harmful to the baby, but contact your doctor if it is excessive.
Weight Gain – Everybody is different, but a common benchmark is between 1 – 5 pounds during the first trimester and then a pound a week thereafter.
Ongoing prenatal care from a healthcare provider that you trust is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. The team at OB/GYN Associates of WNY is proud of the comprehensive obstetrical care we provide to our patients. For appointments, call 716-675-5222.