12.01.2014

Symptoms of pregnancy first trimester

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. A number of features are shared by all the three trimesters, but each trimester also has signs and symptoms that are specific to it. This trimester begins with the first day of your last menstrual period and ends with the last day of the 13th week. By the end of this trimester, all the major foetal organs will have developed and the foetus begins to look distinctly human. Missed Period Pregnancy, in most women, is diagnosed when they miss their menstrual period. Nausea with or without vomiting Commonly called ‘morning sickness of pregnancy’ or just ‘ pregnancy sickness, many women complain of nausea in the early part of their pregnancies.
In some women however, nausea and even vomiting can last throughout the pregnancy, right till the last month. Sore Breasts In many women, sore breasts may be one of the first signs of pregnancy, occurring even before the first missed periods.
The high levels of progesterone needed to maintain pregnancy, also causes the development and growth of the breasts to prepare them for breastfeeding. A sports bra that holds the breasts firmly in place and does not allow much movement can also be helpful in decreasing the discomfort caused by sore breasts. Many women prefer to wear sports bras throughout their pregnancies as it provides good support to the enlarging breasts.


Although breast growth continues throughout pregnancy, the body adjusts to the growth and the soreness soon decreases in the second trimester.
Lack of sleep at night in the first trimester due to indigestion and heartburn, leg cramps, increased frequency of passing urine, fear of the coming days of pregnancy and delivery can cause you to feel more sleepy and fatigued during the day. Excessive Salivation Many women complain that they suffer from excessive salivation and a metallic taste in the mouth as soon as they become pregnant. 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]. 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.
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.


It is the most important stage in pregnancy in terms of the development of the foetal organs.
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]. Although it is quite normal, consider calling your doctor if the diarrhea refuses to go away even after 3-4 days. The increasing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are responsible for most of these symptoms, including the mood swings and emotional breakdowns [10]. 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]. In a healthy young woman, regular menstruation, lack of exercise leads to a strong suspicion of pregnancy. 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].



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Comments to «Symptoms of pregnancy first trimester»

  1. milashka_19 writes:
    It's common in being pregnant you.
  2. Fellin writes:
    Get symptoms till later, perhaps till about cramps.