Top 10 Things To Expect In Your First Trimester Of Pregnancy
You are pregnant! That’s wonderful! But wait…do you know what to expect?Being pregnant is a joyful and special experience. Yet, it is mysterious, and full of surprises! New moms-to-be are quite possibly caught unawares at the outset.
Here is an attempt to make expecting mothers aware of what they are about to experience in the first trimester:
1. Morning sickness –
One of the most uncomfortable experiences of pregnancy in the first trimester is morning sickness. A hormone, chorionic gonadotropin, is to blame for this, and guess what…this is supposed to be good! Some experts believe that morning sickness ensures a safe, full-term pregnancy.
2. Sensitivity to foods –
The first trimester sees an increased sensitivity to food – you could be craving some kinds of foods, while disliking others. Some women crave sweet foods, while others like the sour stuff, while some others go the cheesy foods way. Aversion to certain foods is natural at this stage. But don’t worry if you have neither cravings nor aversions…that’s normal too.
3. Dizziness –
During pregnancy, the blood vessels dilate, and blood pressure drops. This brings on dizziness. One must be careful, as sudden dizziness might lead to a fall. This is mostly experienced in the first trimester, and is the reason why high heels should be avoided.
4. Sensitivity to smells –
During your first trimester, you are sure to have a heightened awareness of various smells. Smells, which ordinarily don’t stimulate the nose, may attract or repulse you. This has a protective aspect to it, experts say – the body uses the sense of smell to stay away from toxic and harmful substances.
5. Bleeding –
Some women experience mild spotting in the first trimester, which is normal, as it indicates that the embryo has implanted itself in the uterus. However, if you experience cramping or pain with the bleeding, rush to the doctor.
6. Constipation and heartburn –
During pregnancy, digestion becomes slow, for better absorption. This has a drawback – it leads to constipation. One might also get heartburn during this time due to acid reflux, caused by relaxed stomach valves. Both these problems start from the first trimester.
7. Increased urination –
You might feel the need to urinate more, with the onset of pregnancy. Keep yourself safe from urinary infections by using the washroom as often as necessary. If frequent urination is disturbing your sleep, keep the intake of fluids low at night.
8. Fatigue –
During your first trimester, you might want to sleep all day long. This is because of the onset of fatigue that is brought on by increased levels of the hormone progesterone. It is perfectly okay to sleep, so long as you add some exercise to your daily routine.
9. Tenderness of the breasts –
Breasts become enlarged and tender with the onset of pregnancy. This is because the body gets prepared to lactate. To feel comfortable, it is advisable to wear cotton bras that are a size larger, and can provide good support.
10. Weight gain –
A little bit of weight gain is normal in the first trimester, as a lot of changes take place in the body, and some women feel like bingeing on certain foods. But watch out – keep the weight gain under control!
Though you may feel low in your first trimester (due to hormonal changes), attempt to take it all in your stride, for you are blessed to be on your way to becoming a mother, and your prize will be worth all the pain!