1st Trimester: What to Expect
"I'm pregnant. Now what?"
This may have been one of your first thoughts once discovering you are pregnant. You may also have no idea what to expect - especially if the pregnancy was unplanned.
Don't worry. That's what we're here for.
Discovering you are pregnant can be a joyous time. It can also be terrifying. To keep you in the loop, we've outlined what to expect during your first trimester.
Changes in your body
Bleeding: This can be an alarming symptom, especially if you don't know you're pregnant yet. Light bleeding during the first trimester is normal. This is a sign that the fertilized embryo has implanted in the uterus. Anything beyond light bleeding or spotting (along with cramping and sharp pain) should be mentioned to your doctor.
Breast Tenderness: Sore breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Women often mistakenly suspect normal menstrual symptoms rather than being pregnant when noticing breast tenderness. If breast tenderness is accompanied by a missed period, take a pregnancy test. Breast tenderness occurs from hormonal changes that are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby. Invest in a supportive bra (a cup size larger or more) for added comfort.
Fatigue: Your body is manufacturing a new life! There is no question that you will feel tired often. Even simple things like walking up the stairs, running a quick errand or making dinner are enough to make a pregnant woman feel exhausted. Take advantage of this rare opportunity when naps and extra rest is encouraged. Nap whenever you can and make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Constipation: Normal muscle contractions that move food through the intestines slow down during pregnancy due to higher levels of a hormone called progesterone. The result can be uncomfortable gas and constipation that may have you feeling bloated. Drink extra fluids and increase your fiber intake to keep things moving smoothly.
Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some experience all of these symptoms and some experience none. Always call your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary.