The firststage of pregnancy, also referred to as the first trimester, is often a mixtureof the best and worst feelings of pregnancy. The early pregnancysymptoms as your body adjusts to the influx of hormonesand other changes, as well as the joy of discovering that you are pregnant.
The first trimester often brings about the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy,including the dreaded morning sickness. Restassured that morning sickness will go away after the first few weeks.
The first of the pregnancy stages, or the first trimester is very important to bothyou and the baby which is growing and developing inside you, and will require manyadjustments to your lifestyle. This is a time when your baby does the most of it’sdeveloping, and is also the time where he/she stands the biggest chance of developingany complications.
How will you and your baby be affected
You will need to change
- Cut down your intake of caffeine and alcohol
- Begin to take prenatal vitamins
- Drink plenty of fluids during the day
- Ensure that you are eating a healthy nutritional diet
- Wear loose fitting clothes
How you will be affected
- You will miss your first period
- Your breasts will increase in size as the milk glands will begin to multiply
- You will experience the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy
- You will begin to show at the end of this trimester
How your baby will develop
- Your baby will develop from just a few cells, the size of a pin head to about 8-9cm measured from crown to rump.
- Your baby will start to develop eyes, ears, teeth buds, fingers, toes, vital organs and even urine.
- Your baby will also form genitals, which should be recognizable by the end of this trimester.
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Read out article on the common first trimester discomforts!
Watch the video on the first trimester by medical professionals to give you further insight as to what you can expect.