Your first trimester is going to be very hard for first-time mothers because your body will experience a lot of changes and such moms might not know what to do.
Well, since you are going to be in a more sensitive state, you shouldn’t get stressed. Have your partner do all of the other stuff like installing a baby car seat in your vehicle, making sure that your baby’s clothes are ready, baby milk bottles are prepared, and a host of other things.
For mothers, it is your job to ensure that you do everything that you can to stay healthy. To help you during this sensitive time, I am going to outline some symptoms that you can expect during your first trimester so that you’re coming in prepared.
The Start of an Epic Journey
Your first trimester is going to be a sensitive one, given that your body will start to undergo major changes. Once an embryo is fully formed, it will then start to line up into your uterine wall to start the entire process of pregnancy.
During the first four weeks, you are going to feel a surge of different hormones that are required to jumpstart your baby’s growth and development.
Here are some of the common symptoms that you will experience during this time:
- Toxemia, which is a collective term for vomiting, excessive salivation, and nausea
- Excessive sleepiness
- Spotting/Slight Bleeding
- Frequent Urination
- Swelling or Breast Tenderness
When to Visit a Doctor
After having intercourse with your partner and assuming that you’ve planned your pregnancy, you will get pregnant within the week after copulation. To confirm this, you can buy over-the-counter pregnancy tests.
Once you’ve confirmed that you are indeed pregnant, you can start scheduling a visit to your doctor. You will usually be required to visit anywhere between your 7 th or 9 th week.
Now, what you should expect during your first appointment? Well, your gynecologist will be asking you a couple of questions about your medical history, medications that you take (if any), your last menstrual cycle, previous pregnancies (if any), your habits and lifestyle, and so much more.
They will also run a series of tests as well, which will include your heart rate and respiration, blood pressure, complete physical checkup (weight, height), obstetric examination that will be conducted on a gynecological chair and other laboratory examinations (if necessary).
After all of that is done, you will then be given another appointment every 4 weeks from then on out.
Always keep in mind that whatever you eat will affect the baby you are carrying inside your tummy, so always be mindful of the foods that you put in your mouth. Here is a brief nutritional guideline for women during their first trimester:
- Apportion smaller meals. In other words, you may have to change your meal frequency as you will feel hungrier than usual throughout the day
- Always stick to the diet that is recommended by your doctor
- Never eat anything raw. Always have them prepared and cooked well
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Lower your caffeine consumption (if you can cut the habit, that’s even better)
- Do not drink carbonated drinks (soft drinks)
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages
- Minimize your intake of foods that are loaded with preservatives, stabilizers, taste enhancers, and other additional ingredients.
- Always opt for fresh produce