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What to Expect during Your First Trimester

 

The first trimester of pregnancy can make many first-time moms anxious. The experience is new and can carry many physical and emotional changes that you're not used to. Knowing what to expect during your first trimester can help to alleviate your stress.

Frequent Trips to the Bathroom

The need to urinate frequently during your first trimester will continue throughout your pregnancy. This is a common fact of life for most moms, and you'll have to be prepared to go to the bathroom a lot. What is uncommon is any accompanying discomfort. That warrants a call to your doctor, because you may have an infection.

Morning Sickness

Not every mom experiences morning sickness or nausea. However, you should expect and prepare for it just in case. Morning sickness can happen any time during the first trimester, and at any point during the day or night. Some moms vomit when they get morning sickness, while others get stomach aches. Nutrition is the key to getting over it. Eat small meals throughout the day, eat dry crackers, drink plenty of fluids and avoid eating greasy foods.

Fatigue

Instead of morning sickness, you may experience extreme fatigue or both. Your energy level gets depleted during the first trimester, due to metabolic changes in your body. You can help your body maintain a normal energy level by getting lots of rest. You can take naps and go to bed early. If you're able, you should delegate some of your housework or business tasks to other family members or others until you can recover from extreme exhaustion.

Breast Changes

You can expect your breasts to become tender during the first trimester. Your breasts are tender because they're growing in preparation for breast feeding your baby. You may have to buy a few new bras in a higher size for a better support. You should make sure that your nutrition information is up-to-date and that you're eating a healthy diet for the milk that you're producing, and for the health of your baby. Ask your health professional if you're not sure what to eat during the course of your pregnancy.

Gas

Another problem that catches new moms off guard is increased gas. The medical term for this is flatulence: intestinal gas. This can result in you passing gas, or getting bloated. One of the worst things about having more gas during your first trimester, is passing gas at the wrong time. When you start experiencing flatulence, cut out gas producing foods from your diet. Some of these include fried foods, onions, broccoli and beans. 

Ultrasound

Your doctor may want to monitor the health of your baby during the first trimester by doing an ultrasound. The doctor will use the ultrasound to determine the location and size of your baby. It can also be used to determine how many babies you're carrying.

Your first trimester can be trying, but you can prepare if you know what to expect. If you ever experience pain or discomfort, notify your doctor.

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Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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