Pregnancy: First Trimester

The First TrimesterYou?re entering a new phase in your life: motherhood. Your excitement is only surpassed by your feeling of being overwhelmed. The first trimester, the initial three months of pregnancy, is often the most overwhelming as many new things are happening to you, including a surge of hormones that make you feel like you?re on an emotional rollercoaster. To help you find out more about the first few months of your journey, the first trimester in pregnancy, we?ve compiled a weekly summary of pregnancy symptoms, your baby?s development, and even the body changes you will be experiencing throughout.

The first two weeks of pregnancy are a bit confusing for many new mothers. This is because you are not actually, truly pregnant at this time. Medical professionals consider the first day of your last menstrual period as the start of the first trimester, week 1, even though the egg has yet to meet the sperm. In reality, these two weeks comprise the period of preparation for pregnancy. Throughout your period and the week after, it is best to properly prepare your mind and body for having a baby. This is most especially the case for week 2 as this is when the big O happens ? ovulation.

Week 3 of pregnancy is the actual moment that you?ve been wishing for ? the egg has been fertilized and will quickly divided into smaller cells while traveling down to your uterus before implanting itself there. While there are no visible symptoms of the amazing things happening inside your body, there are some signs that will let you know that the first trimester is well on its way. This includes a change in your basal body temperature and an increased sense of smell.

By week 4, your fertilized egg, called a blastocyst, will divide into two parts: one will become your baby and the other will develop into the placenta. At this time, some women may begin to feel some pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, frequent feelings of fatigue, and tenderness of the breasts are often the first ones to be experienced. In week 5 and week 6, your baby?s organs will have started to form. Some of his facial features such as cheeks, jaws, eyes, nose, and ears will also have started to develop. Arms and legs will sprout by week 7 which your baby will begin to move by week 8 though you wouldn?t feel a thing. All throughout these weeks, pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, feeling bloated, fatigue, and breast changes will have become more full-blown. You might even feel that your bra and pants have become a bit too tight.

Week 9 is an exciting time because you may now be able to hear your baby?s heartbeat! This excitement is, of course, still accompanied by the annoyance of frequent peeing, constipation, indigestion, bloating, and increased sense of smell. You may also be starting to experience flatulence, an embarrassing but generally avoidable symptom of pregnancy.

In week 10 and week 11, your baby will develop even further, making him look more human. He?ll have hair, individual fingers and toes, and baby teeth, to name a few. The first trimester in pregnancy is almost over and morning sickness may be waning. Your stomach?s muscles will be stretching to accommodate your growing uterus and baby so you might also feel some aches and pains.

Week 12 and week 13 are the final weeks of the first trimester. During these weeks, your baby will start to flex his fingers and toes while his mouth may begin to form sucking movements. By the end of the first trimester, your baby will be about as large as a middle-sized shrimp and you finally may be saying goodbye to the early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and fatigue. An energized, blooming, pregnant you is now about to enter the second leg of your journey.

 

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