Congratulations, you are pregnant! You are in the first stage of pregnancy. Perhaps these are the words you have recently heard from your doctor. Or maybe the home pregnancy test you performed this morning was positive. No matter how the results came to light, you are now ready to embark on your first trimester of pregnancy. You probably have many questions and even more concerns as you will be seeing a host of changes in your body over the next few months.
What can you expect During First Trimester Pregnancy?
Fortunately, there are many resources available to educate you about what is coming. The first trimester of a [tag-cat]pregnancy[/tag-cat] can often be the most difficult, because of the risk of complications and the uncomfortable symptoms you may experience. Take heart, because the first trimester pregnancy only lasts about twelve weeks, and the second trimester is generally found to be a little less symptom-filled. If you can, take it a little easier on yourself and your body during these first weeks of adjusting to being pregnant.
Some of the symptoms of first trimester pregnancy include fatigue, nausea, light-headedness and breast tenderness. This is a good time to try to squeeze in a little extra sleep if possible. Your body will definitely benefit from some extra rest right now.
It is also a good time to begin developing some good nutrition habits that will help you throughout the pregnancy. Although feelings of nausea may curb your appetite right now, you will probably start feeling better in a few short weeks, and a good diet will help you get through the rest of your nine months.
During the [tag-tec]first trimester[/tag-tec] of your pregnancy, you may only see your doctor every four weeks. Your doctor will screen you for potential risks and complications, and make sure the early development of your baby goes smoothly. After the first trimester pregnancy, you will probably be scheduled for many other routine tests to ensure that both you and your baby progress normally. If any problems are detected, it will usually be early enough to alleviate the risk to mother and child.
While nine months may seem like a long time, there are things you can begin to do during the first trimester of your pregnancy to prepare for the birth of your [tag-ice]baby[/tag-ice]. There are many pregnancy books you can begin reading to inform yourself of what is coming. You can begin window shopping for maternity clothes, you can plan a budget for a larger family, and work travel plans around your pregnancy.
Most of all, you can try to enjoy this time of your life. While the first trimester of a pregnancy can be trying with its symptoms and anxiety, it is also a wonderful time of anticipation and excitement.