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First Trimester Pregnancy

First trimester pregnancy starts from week 1 to week 12 of your pregnancy.

This is the time when you get ready to cover the journey of being pregnant and start dreaming about the pleasant changes in your life.
First Trimester Pregnancy

One body change you are likely to notice during the first trimester weeks is how easily you become tired.

As your hormones change, so does your need for rest.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself having to catch a quick nap in the middle of the afternoon or when you return home from work.

Your body is telling you to rest and you need to listen and obey it.

One effect you may also experience during the first few weeks of your pregnancy is morning sickness. Although this doesn't happen to all women, a good majority suffer from at least some symptoms of morning sickness.

The name itself is a bit misleading as morning sickness can occur anytime during the day or evening. If you happen to experience this first trimester pregnancy symptom, keep in mind that it will pass.

Morning sickness rarely lasts for the duration of your pregnancy, it's almost always restricted to the first trimester.

Things can go wrong during a pregnancy and in most cases, if that does happen, it will be during the first trimester pregnancy period.

Miscarriages are unfortunately a fact of life, and quite often are nature's way of protecting a fetus that has some sort of birth defect.

Should you suffer from a miscarriage, take comfort in the fact that most women who lose a pregnancy go on to give birth to one or more healthy children.

It's very rare for a miscarriage to happen beyond the first trimester, so if you are into your second trimester, take comfort in that.

Fatigue, nausea, light-headedness and breast tenderness are some of the symptoms that come with a first trimester pregnancy.

To help you throughout your pregnancy it is also a good time to start developing some good nutrition habits.

You will probably start feeling better in a few short weeks even if nausea curbs your appetite right now and you can get through the rest of your nine months with a good diet.

In order to ensure smooth development of your pregnancy, you will need to see your doctor every four weeks during this first trimester.

Your doctor will check all the potential risks and complications. You might have to do some test according to the recommendation from your doctor.

This is a vital phase of your pregnancy. So, make sure that you follow the guide from your doctor strictly.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

Because of the implantation of blastocyst (an embryo that has developed for 5-6 days after fertilisation) into your uterus, you may experience some spotting or bleeding.

Most women often associate this with having a period. Don't worry because this is normal.

On your fourth week, you may experience some first trimester symptoms that are very similar to the symptoms of having a menstrual period.

You will notice that you are exhausted most of the time even though you're just doing the same routine.

Your breasts will feel tender and very sensitive because milk glands are starting to multiply and as early as now, you will have mood swings and the bad news is, they will be hanging around for the rest of your pregnancy.

Symptoms vary from woman to woman. The most common symptoms that you will face during this first trimester include the feeling of fatigue, nausea, light-headedness and breast tenderness.

In addition, you may want to sleep more than usual. You should let that happens if you can.

Some extra rest is good for you in the first twelve weeks of your pregnancy.

You may also feel hungry very often and you will develop a craving for a certain type of food, other women do not experience this though.

Others have food aversions and just one sniff or the thought of eating that food makes them sick in the stomach.

Since your uterus is expanding or growing, it will press on your bladder causing you to have frequent trips to the bathroom.

On your seventh week, you may either gain or lose some pounds. This is perfectly normal at this stage.

On the next coming weeks, your waistline will be expanding and if this is your second or third baby, you may have a pooch already.

What else should you expect? Pimples, sometimes lots of them! You may also experience heartburn and indigestion.

Eating ripened papaya may help to alleviate these symptoms.

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