10.09.2014

Signs of a healthy pregnancy first trimester

There's a lot going on in your body as your baby begins to develop and your pregnant body starts to go through some (big!) changes. Morning sicknessCommon among first trimester symptoms, nausea and vomiting affect up to 85 percent of moms-to-be, and not just in the morning. A hankering for certain foods or an intense dislike of others is often linked to morning sickness. These cravings and aversions can be unpredictable, but up to 80 percent of pregnant women report cravings, and up to 85 percent say they're repelled by certain foods.
Heightened sense of smellMany women report having a sharper sense of smell during pregnancy.
Pregnant women actually inhale deeper in order to better supply all the extra blood with oxygen. The first trimester is the time when the initial and most important part of your baby’s development takes place [1]. It is counted from the first day of your last menstrual cycle, continuing to the 12th or 13th week of pregnancy, about the first three months [2, 3].
Following the ovulation and fertilization, the egg travels through the fallopian tube, while dividing into multiple identical cells to finally form the blastocyst that attaches itself to the uterine wall (implantation), where it undergoes further development to grow into the embryo, fetus and finally into a healthy baby [4, 5]. The symptoms of nausea, vomiting (morning sickness), increased urination, extreme tiredness and fatigue, along with breast tenderness are the first signs to indicate a pregnancy [6]. As your pregnancy advances, you may start getting the other common signs of mood swing, headache, cramps, constipation, indigestion, bloating, food cravings or aversions [8] and an incredibly strong sense of smell that often contributes to worsening the nausea [9]. In some cases, women may experience diarrhea instead of constipation.


It is advisable to contact your physician in case you have any of the alarming signs such as severe lower back pain, bleeding, passing blood clots and extreme nausea as these might indicate a miscarriage [11].
Gaining weight is not a serious concern yet, as your baby is just as big as a peach by the end of the first trimester [21].
Once you get that positive home pregnancy test, it is normal for you and your partner to be too excited to keep the news to yourselves. Call your family physician or obstetrician for your first prenatal visit, as soon as you find out about the pregnancy. The fundamental development of your baby’s nervous system occurs in the first trimester [5]. Practice some relaxation techniques and follow a regular exercise routine (after consulting your physician) to reduce the chances of certain late pregnancy symptoms, while preparing your body for labor and childbirth [20]. Although flying during the first trimester is usually considered safe, it is recommended to consult your doctor once before making travel plans, especially in case of a high risk pregnancy [22]. While it's not clear exactly what causes morning sickness, it's believed that the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin may be to blame: The more of it in your system, the more nauseated you'll be.
Although, it is pretty normal for half of the trimester to pass by before the mother realizes she is carrying, especially in case of an unplanned pregnancy.
Many women start experiencing these symptoms even before a missed period or a positive home pregnancy test [7].


But, it is usually a good idea to wait for the first trimester to be over before you can break it to your family and friends.
So, many women prefer to keep the news a secret before they can be sure of their baby’s well-being, to avoid the sad and awkward situation where they would need to explain to everyone that they have lost their pregnancy. The first check-up is not usually scheduled before the 8th week of pregnancy, unless there is a risk of complications, such as a history of failed pregnancy or a family history of some genetic disorder [17]. While you may want to opt for bland foods, experts recommend eating whatever you have a hankering for, as long as it's healthy. Your doctor will give you a blood test during your first prenatal visit to check your iron stores. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, around 10% to 25% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage [12], while 75% to 80% of all miscarriages occur within the first three months [13, 14].
If the craving is healthy and you're not scarfing down bags of chips or pints of ice cream, then you can indulge.



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