What to Expect During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy?

The first trimester of pregnancy is a milestone event in your life because this is the time
where the foundations of your baby’s body are going to form.

As new life is conceived, you should expect significant changes to your body, but the
good thing is that these are to be expected. The first trimester lasts from week 1 up to
week 13.

After this 3-month period, what you will be carrying in your tummy will officially be
known as the fetus or a little human.

Today, I am going to be talking about what you should expect during your first trimester
of pregnancy. Keep in mind that preparation is always necessary if you are going to go
on an arduous but rewarding journey such as this.

Before I begin, just remember that all throughout your pregnancy, you should not put
yourself in stressful situations. For example, putting a baby car seat in your vehicle is
cumbersome to do so let your husband or someone else install it for you.

Anyway, here are some symptoms that you can expect during your first trimester:

Symptoms

Because all of the foundations would have to be built during this time, your body will
experience significant changes both inside and out.

In the first two weeks, you will experience little to no symptoms but it will start to ramp
up during the 3 rd week and beyond as your body is preparing itself for the formation of
the fetus. It does this by producing a lot of different hormones and these hormones may
have side effects.

Some of the symptoms that you may experience during your first trimester are:

  • Breast Tenderness or Swelling
  • Toxemia
  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Excessive Sleepiness or Fatigue
  • Dizziness

A Visit to the Doctor

If you are pregnant, you are going to have to go to your gynecologist. Your first
appointment should be anywhere between 7 to 9 weeks in.

What you should expect on your first visit is that you will be asked a series of questions
and they will perform a number of tests to know how they can best create a pregnancy
plan for you.

You will be asked questions about your lifestyle, working conditions, previous
pregnancies (if any), menstrual cycle, medical history, medications (if you are taking
any), among a host of other things.

They will also perform a physical exam where your weight and height will be recorded,
as well as your body mass index or BMI. With it, your heart rate and blood pressure will
also be checked as well.

It is also mandatory for your doctor to perform an obstetric examination to determine if
there is something amiss.

Laboratory Tests

Your first trimester is where your doctor will establish your pregnancy plan. But in order
for them to come up with such, they might require you to get a couple of tests, such as:

  • A pap smear
  • Urine test
  • CBC or Complete Blood Count
  • A test to determine the presence of STIs
  • Blood Group Tests and Rh Factor
  • Tests for HIV, Rubella, and Viral Hepatitis.