The first trimester starts on the first day of your last period, yes right at the very beginning. It continues up until the 12th week, so you are looking at three long months with various body changes and multiple mood swings. But, don't be scared, it is not as scary as most people make out!
It's true that the first trimester can be the trickiest part of pregnancy, not to mention the most terrifying. Think about it? You have probably just found out that you are pregnant, so along with the daunting idea of becoming a parent, you also have to deal with sickness, the anxiety, and all the other annoying and irritating things that the first trimester brings. Yes, a lot can happen during these first three months, but hopefully, this can help calm your nerves a little. Here are 10 need-to-know things about the first trimester.
Due dates can be one of the most exciting things upon finding out that you are pregnant, with most women desperate to know when they are about to meet their little bundle of joy. However, during the first trimester, it is very likely that the due date will be wrong and instead more of an estimate or even a guess. In fact, most ultrasounds during the first trimester have a margin of error of around 1 or 2 weeks, with later ultrasounds said to be even worse when predicting the date of your baby. That's right, by 28 weeks, due dates can be off around a whopping three weeks, with the ultrasounds tending to focus more on the baby's health and weight.
It is crucial to educate yourself with regards to what you should eat and what you should avoid while pregnant. Most importantly, during the first trimester, it is vital that you get the correct nutrients and vitamins for your body as well as your unborn baby. For instance, things such as folic acid (found in beans, green vegetables, and citrus fruits), iron (found in meat, seafood, and beans), calcium (found in milk, yogurt, and cheese) and vitamin B12 (found in breads, poultry, and cereals) are all key forms of fuel for those who are expecting. Plus, don't worry about immediate weight gain, it is extremely normal to put on a few pounds in the first trimester due to an increase in blood and fluids.
Morning sickness will probably be one of the first major changes that you will experience during the first trimester and it is usually an indicator to those who don't know that they are pregnant. Yes, morning sickness occurs due to low blood sugar and high levels of estrogen, something that also causes long-lasting nausea.
Thankfully, although this might be one of the worst things to deal with during pregnancy, there are a number of tips to keep it under control. For instance, try to eat something, even if the thought of food makes you want to vomit, an empty stomach makes nausea even worse and is also dangerous for your unborn baby.
One myth about the first trimester and the first few weeks of pregnancy is that you will suddenly put on a lot of weight and look 9 months pregnant within a couple of days. Thankfully, this isn't the case, with it rare that you will put any weight on at all. Yes, you might put on a few extra pounds due to all the fluid intake and extra blood volume, but it is unlikely that you will start showing until the second trimester. Plus, the first trimester is where you are most likely to experience morning sickness, which in some cases can actually lead to weight loss.
One of the strangest things about the first trimester is the body and mind's need for certain foods and drinks. Yes, cravings are a common occurrence during the first trimester and can really mess with a person. For instance, not all cravings are good, with some people experiencing Pica, a common craving for non-edible foods such as chalk or sponge. Furthermore, cravings can also lead the body being repelled by certain tastes and smells, even if it also makes you think that you want to eat them and drink them. That's right, cravings can be really annoying and in some cases lead to vomiting. But, don't worry, this is normal and should disappear by the second trimester.
Pregnancy can be extremely tiring, no matter the trimester. However, it is more likely that your body and mind will struggle with fatigue much more during the first trimester. Think about it? Your body isn't used to such huge hormonal changes, never mind the large amounts of energy-burning and metabolic rate.
As a result, this can put a lot of pressure on your body, which then results in extreme fatigue during the first couple of months. Furthermore, it is also likely that you will experience severe "baby brain" a term that is used to describe frequent forgetfulness among other things. Thankfully, this shouldn't last for long, with your body and brain used to the changes by the second trimester.
Most women know the ins and outs of menstrual cramps. How painful they can be, how annoying they can be, and how they can just suddenly pop up from nowhere. You would think that being pregnant would mean an end to period pains, but sadly you would be mistaken. That's right, cramping is extremely common during the first trimester of pregnancy, something that can really worry expecting mothers. Yes, cramps can indicate a problem, but most of the time its your uterus growing and stretching. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry and if you are worried about any strange pains or cramps you should always visit your local doctor.
Constipation can be annoying at any time. However, during pregnancy, it can really mess with your routine, your mind, and your sense of self. That's right, during pregnancy, it can be extremely difficult for women to process food through their intensities due to the high levels of the hormone progesterone. As a result, pregnant women often suffer from bouts of constipation as well as trapped wind and severe bloating. A good way to tackle this problem is to incorporate more fiber into your diet, as well as plenty of water. Yes, extra fluids are great for anything and everything and can really help move that stubborn stool.
Superheroes and pregnant women have a lot in common, especially when it comes to heightened senses, which are somewhat no different from some certain superpowers. Yes, during the first trimester, many women notice changes in their sense of smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch. For instance, a pregnant woman's nose can become so powerful that it can smell things that would be previously undetected when not pregnant. Sadly, this can have a negative effect on many women, with a heightened smell often leading to nausea and sickness. The same goes for the other senses, with pregnant women often suffering from blurred vision and spotting inside the eyes.
The first trimester starts on the first day of your last period and lasts until the end of week 12. For most women, the first few weeks can be extremely scary, with many worrying about what they eat, how they feel, and what might happen. However, when going into the second trimester, several women later comment on how quick the first trimester was and how they wished they could have enjoyed it that little bit more. Yes, the first three months can be exceptionally stressful, but why not try to make the most of your baby's first journey into this world, even if it is a little nerve-wracking.