Pregnancy

What to expect during first trimester

The first trimester is considered to be the most difficult because of women may experience nausea, fatigue and breast tenderness. At the same time, there is a largely invisible but amazing development taking place.

Changes That Occur During First Trimester

Exhaustion:

  • Pregnant women get exhausted very easily in their first trimester
  • The hormone progesterone spikes, which results in increased fatigue
  • Try going to bed little earlier
  • Take short naps during the day to relieve exhaustion

Nausea:

  • This is a common problem experienced by many pregnant women
  • 75% of women complain of nausea during their first trimester
  • If your nausea and vomiting is severe, ask your doctor about anti-nausea medication
  • Do not eat high fat or acidic foods because they are very hard to digest
  • Eat dry crackers in the morning to avoid nausea
  • Eat small and frequent meals
  • Drink plenty of water or fresh juices to avoid dehydration

Bloating:

  • Elevated levels of the hormone progesterone is the main cause for bloating and gas
  • The intestinal tract is also relaxed and this results in slow digestion
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Comfortable stretchy pants can be worn to reduce the discomfort

Frequent Urination:

  • The growing uterus needs more space, resulting in the crowding of other pelvic organs
  • The uterus rests on the urinary bladder, decreasing its capacity and increasing the need to urinate

Mood Swings:

  • Hormonal imbalances while pregnant can make you emotionally and physically exhausted
  • Lack of sleep may also contribute to mood changes
  • Get plenty of rest and try to avoid stress to reduce mood swings

Tender Breasts:

  • Breast tenderness is mainly due to hormonal changes
  • The breast tissue changes in preparation for breast feeding
  • The areolas become darker and veins are more visible

How to cope with these changes:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Take your prenatal vitamins regularly
  • Keep active with exercise
  • Get lots of rest
  • Look for your partner’s emotional and physical support
  • Consult your doctor if the pains or changes are severe

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