You have missed a period and finally have a ‘good news’ to share! What’s next? Pregnancy is a wonderful phase in every woman’s life, but this is also the time for physical, emotional and mental changes. The 1st trimester is usually about new discoveries, and you will feel a few changes in your body, although often not very obvious. This is also when baby development is accelerated. In this post, we will talk about 7 things that pregnant moms need to know about the 1st trimester.
- Your baby is really tiny by the end of the first month. Yes, you read that right. At the end of the month, your baby isn’t more than 7 mm long. Expectedly, you may not feel anything at all, unless you have taken a test or missed a period.
- Your baby is a fetus by the end of 2nd month. Now, you can call your baby a fetus, which is around one-inch long. Facial features have started to develop and the brain has already grown. Women usually have morning sickness, nausea and vomiting in the second month, but often there are no symptoms at all.
- The third month is crucial. Your baby is fully formed by the end of the third month, and that’s when you will see more physical changes in your body. In terms of size, your baby weighs about 1 ounce and is likely to be 4 inches.
- You may not like a lot of foods. You will see that a lot of food scents seem to be stronger during the first three months, and it is normal. You may crave for some foods but hate others completely.
- Breasts are tender. Most women find breast tenderness as one of the first signs of pregnancy. This is because your body is getting ready for pregnancy and the baby. Wear support bra or get a size that bigger than yours.
- Your diet will change. You need to change your diet and focus on nutrition right from the time you know about the pregnancy. Balanced diet, prenatal supplements and special drinks are often recommended.
- You will not feel or look pregnant. Some women don’t have any major signs of pregnancy in the first trimester. You may not feel pregnant unless you take a test, and chances are high that you will not gain any weight during this period.
Talk to your doctor to get further advice on diet and exercise.