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First Trimester Pregnancy

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Motherhood is perhaps the most rewarding experience for a woman, but it also brings an additional responsibility, taking care of your own health in order to ensure that you will give birth to a healthy infant. The first trimester of pregnancy is, by far, the most challenging. This article will guide all new mothers-to-be through the first trimester pregnancy.

First Trimester Pregnancy: The First Six Weeks

Maintaining a low level of stress is crucial. During the first six weeks of a pregnancy there are many changes that happen in a woman's body. It's completely normal to feel scared, but once a future mom gets used to the idea, and accepts that her body will change, everything gets easier. In the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman should go in for checkups at the slightest feeling of uneasiness.

First Trimester Pregnancy: Weeks Seven and Eight

Week seven is when things begin to change drastically, even though not many women know it. This is the time when the fetus starts to take the shape of a baby. By the end of week eight, you can literally hear the baby's heart starting to beat. Another visit to the doctor is advised. Also, this is the time for the ultrasound in which you will be able to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time.

First Trimester Pregnancy: Weeks Nine and Ten

Your baby now begins to develop bones, arms and legs, although the fingers and toes are still not shaped as we know them to be. By the end of week ten, your baby is fully developed and ready to grow in size. During these two weeks, a woman may also face increased nausea and slight heartburn. A pregnant woman can take medication for these problems, but only if the doctor advises it.

First Trimester Pregnancy: Weeks Twelve and Thirteen

From week twelve onwards, the baby starts growing really fast. This may cause excessive tiredness, and thus plenty of rest and additional nutrients will make this time of the first trimester pass easier. This is also a time when extra care is needed, and yet another visit to the doctor is necessary. This is also a time when the baby's gender can be determined.

Passing onto the next trimester

By the end of the first trimester, nausea, giddiness, and tiredness also start to fade away. While there may still be a slight feeling of nausea or tiredness in some cases, this can be avoided by taking some easy precautionary measures. Passing onto the second trimester of pregnancy also means that it's time to slip into looser clothing and maternity gowns.

First Trimester Precautions

Many moms-to-be don't do much to stay healthy in the first trimester of pregnancy because they're still figuring things out. Unfortunately, most miscarriages occur within the first trimester, and some of them are due to improper care on the expectant mother's part. Be aware of pain and cramping during the first trimester. Call a doctor should those symptoms occur. Also, avoid stress and get plenty of rest. Don't do any heavy lifting and it is vitally important not to drink, smoke or take drugs of any kind.