First Trimester Milestones
- October 15,2018
First Trimester Milestones
Technically, your first trimester begins on the first day of your last period and lasts until the end of week 12, when your second trimester begins. This means that most women are already nearly halfway through their first trimester by the time their pregnancy is confirmed.
Most doctors conduct an early ultrasound during this trimester. BabyFlix's proprietary software enables physicians to send a patient's ultrasound imagery directly to the cloud. If your doctor's office doesn't use the software, you can sign up for BabyFlix's innovative service directly for free. Simply create an account, upload your ultrasound imagery, and download our free app. With BabyFlix you can see your baby anytime and anywhere (and so can your partner).
During this first trimester, your baby develops from a tiny bundle of cells into a fetus the size of a plum with the beginnings of its vital organs. Let's take a look at what happens to your body during the first trimester of pregnancy:
What's happening: The first week of your first trimester coincides with your last menstruation cycle. Ovulation takes place during week two. By week three, you are pregnant but won't have any significant symptoms yet.
What to do: If you're actively trying to conceive, you can begin to take prenatal vitamins even before your pregnancy is confirmed. This is also the time to make sure you are eating healthy and to set aside habits like smoking or drinking alcohol that could harm your baby.
What's happening: You may feel bloated, tired, or moody. You may experience sore breasts and cramps and a frequent urge to pee. It's completely normal to experience any and all of these symptoms, or none of them.
What to do: Buy an extra supportive bra, especially if you feel your breasts are getting bigger. You may need to go bra shopping a few times during your pregnancy to stay comfortable. Keep your body moving. Experts say that you should exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days throughout pregnancy.
What's happening: As your pregnancy hormones ramp up, morning sickness gets worse. Many women feel a maddening combination of hunger and nausea throughout their first trimester. Your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder, which results in minor urine leakage for some women.
What to do: To deal with nausea, try consuming small meals and snacks throughout the day rather than three large meals. Foods like ginger and citrus can help calm your stomach. Kegel exercises can help strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles and provide aid with incontinence.
What's happening: Morning sickness tends to subside around this time. You may develop intense and unusual food cravings. As your baby gets bigger, your uterus begins to grow outside of the protective pelvic bones.
What to do: Consult your doctor if you are experience cravings for non-food items like chalk or dirt. Be cautious of contact sports and other activities that pose the risk of a fall or abdominal trauma. Savor this special time and nurture yourself. Your body is working hard to develop your baby.