The first trimester is the stage of early pregnancy from conception up to the 12th week of pregnancy. There are a number of ways that your body is changing during early pregnancy and adapting to the embryo that is growing inside.
The most common symptom of early pregnancy is that your periods will stop completely or may become extremely light. This is usually the sign that most women take to mean that they are in the stages of early pregnancy.
The dreaded morning sickness is another symptom that many women experience during early pregnancy. The name ‘morning sickness’ is actually a bit misleading because many women feel nauseous or experience vomiting at various points throughout the day during their early pregnancy, not just in the morning. One way of alleviating this nausea is to eat small meals throughout the day, snack on crackers or toast, or drink juice or lemonade during your early pregnancy. Ginger is also beneficial in alleviating this uncomfortable part of early pregnancy.
Many women find that their breasts swell and may be tender during early pregnancy. It is also common that the nipples and the area around the nipples, known as the areola, get darker and broader.
More frequent urination is also a symptom of early pregnancy. Unfortunately, this is likely to get worse throughout the pregnancy due to the pressure that the growing fetus exerts on your bladder. There is nothing you can do about this symptom apart from knowing the location of your nearest toilet facilities.
Tiredness affects the majority of women at any stage during their pregnancy. It is important to heed this sign and get as much rest as possible. You need to take particular care during your early pregnancy due to the heightened risk of miscarriage if you over-exert yourself.
Another symptom that many women have to endure during early pregnancy is constipation. Heartburn can also be a problem during early pregnancy and it is necessary to alter your diet to help ease this. You should always ensure that your diet in early pregnancy and throughout the nine months is a healthy and balanced one. This will benefit both you and your unborn child. Mood swings are also common symptoms and you should consult a health professional if you are concerned that these are too much for you to cope with.
There are a number of remedies available to help alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy but it is important to ensure that you do not take anything that may affect your baby, especially during the formative period of early pregnancy, so always consult your doctor first before buying any over-the-counter medications.