Having a baby can be an exciting time, but it can also be very scary for the first-time mom. Your body will change, and you may not be prepared for what’s to come. Learning more about the process can lower stress and help you enjoy a happy pregnancy.
What Is the First Trimester?
Trimesters are measured starting from the first day of your last period, spanning a total of 40 weeks. The first trimester starts with week one and goes through week 12, or approximately three months total. During this time, your baby will begin to grow buds that turn into tiny legs and arms.
What Will Happen to My Body During the First Trimester?
Every woman is unique and will experience pregnancy in various ways. Don’t be alarmed if your situation seems different from someone else’s. You may be glowing and healthy during the first few months, or you may feel miserable.
Once you are pregnant, you may notice constipation, bloating and cramps. You may feel moody and tired with the need to urinate more frequently. Some women also experience soreness in the breasts and nausea or vomiting. 25% of women will notice light spotting very early on.
What If I Think Something Is Wrong?
If you notice significant bleeding, sharp abdominal pains, or other symptoms between doctor visits that seem abnormal, contact your obstetrician right away.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, make an appointment with your Women’s Health and Medical Center OB/GYN today.