Body Changes in First Trimester (Video)

First Trimester of Pregnancy (Week 1 - Week 13)

The first trimester is the most crucial to your baby's development. Some physical and emotional changes you might experience:

  1. Mood swings- Pregnancy is an emotional roller coaster ride. Mood swings are normal during pregnancy. But if your mood changes become severe or intense, consult your doctor.

  2. Fatigue- Your body is working hard to support a growing baby. Take rest, stay hydrated (12-ounce glasses of water a day), and eat a well-balanced diet.

  3. Constipation- makes you feel constantly bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable. To ease constipation, eat 25-30 grams of dietary fiber a day, stay hydrated, and exercise regularly.

  4. Heartburn- Pregnancy hormones relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus can allow stomach acid to leak into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Eat small, frequent meals and avoid fried foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and spicy foods to prevent heartburn.

  5. Morning sickness/ Nausea (with or without vomiting)- Nearly 80% of expectant mothers experience nausea and vomiting. Some pregnant moms even feel nauseous around the clock. The exact reason for pregnancy sickness is still known, but it is considered a healthy pregnancy. Significant symptoms of morning sickness include nausea, vomiting, strong aversions to certain foods, and fatigue.

    Home remedies to treat Morning sickness include eating smaller but frequent meals, avoiding spicy or fatty food, staying hydrated, and taking prenatal vitamins. See your doctor if you have severe morning sickness.

  6. Food cravings and aversions- Due to hormonal changes, during pregnancy, you might become more sensitive to certain odors, and your sense of taste might change. Giving in to cravings from time to time is OK, so long as you eat healthy, low-calorie foods most of the time.

    If you get an unusual craving for nonfoods like dirt, clay, and laundry starch, inform your doctor right away. It can be harmful to both you and your baby.

Set Schedule a prenatal visit as soon as you know you're pregnant. And always consult your doctor if you are not sure.

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