First Trimester Pregnancy – What You Need To Know
Congratulations on your pregnancy! The first trimester is a time for joy and excitement. Maybe you’ve been trying to have a baby without success or maybe this is number 2 or 3 or more!
Sometimes it can be a shock. You might immediately begin to feel different in an odd sort of way. The miracle of life is such an amazing experience and now you are part of it. It can be difficult to actually believe you have a life growing inside of you.
1st Trimester Pregnancy – Excitement, Joy And Worry
Pregnancy can be a little daunting though to begin with, after all you will be responsible for the care and nurturing of another human being. It can kinda feel a little overwhelming.
Joy and excitment can quickly turn to worry and concern. Will everything be ok?
What should I do next? Should I tell someone other than my partner?
Relax, take a deep breath, all will be well and you will have a beautiful new baby at the end of nine months. The most important thing right now is to ensure optimum health for both you and your baby.
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First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms
Sore boobs – swollen or tender – normal due to the huge hormonal changes your body is undergoing. This is one of the more physical confirmations that you are pregnant as sore boobs are one of the first signs of being pregnant.
First Trimester – Best Pregnancy Diet?
- The best pregnancy diet will stop food cravings
- Prevent unhealthy weight gain
- Support optimal fetal development
- Keep your energy levels high
- Help you look AND feel great
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- What you can do now to speed up weight loss after
- How to look after your skin during pregancy and much more….
Pregnancy Questions – Do I Need Folic Acid, Iron Or Vitamins During The First Trimester?
YES – While you will get a lot of vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, during pregnancy, there are certain ones you need an extra supply of to aid with baby’s growth.
Folic Acid – unable to be procuded by the body. Important in the production of healthy red blood cells which helps to prevent anemia. Vital during periods of rapid cell division and growth, especially during the first trimester. A daily supplement reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Iron is essential for the normal growth and development of your baby. It is used to make hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your organs and tissues. Now that you are pregnant, extra blood is required for your baby.
Prenatal vitamin supplement usually fortified with iron, folic acid and calcium. Your doctor or midwife will recommend a brand as they vary with the amounts of vitamins and minerals contained.
What To Avoid During The First Trimester Of Pregnancy
Others things to avoid during pregnancy…
Recreational drugs and alcohol. Whatever you eat or drink while pregnant, so does your baby. Some feel that it is ok to have a glass of wine now and again but for others, it is a definite no-no. Alcohol interferes with an unborn babies ability to get enough ozygen.
Caffeine or at least reduce your intake to around 200mg per day. Caffeine decreases iron absorption which is vital for normal fetal growth. Don;t forget tea, cola and other caffeinated drinks.
Cold or cough medicine, aspirin or any over the counter medication without first checking with your doctor.
X-rays make sure your doctor or dentist is aware you are pregnant.
Inhaling fumes from toxic chemicals such as paint, kerosene, bleach, asbestos and even household items such as perfume, hairspray and nail polish remover.
……And Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy – First Trimester Especially
Junk Food – including fried foods, sweets, biscuits and cakes. Basically anything high in fat and sugar. These are great foods for putting on additional weight and are of no calorific value to your growing baby.
Raw or undercooked meat and eggs in case of food poisoning. Watch out for egg-nog, hollandaise sauce, home-made ice cream and mayonnaise. In some countries, parma ham is a no-no.
Dairy prodcue – Soft cheeses such as camembert, brie, blue and ricotta cheese should all be avoided, as should un-pasteurised milk from goats, sheep or cows.
Shellfish such as oysters, mussels and prawns unless they are part of a hot meal and have been thoroughly cooked. Other raw fish such as sushi and smoked salmon should also be avoided.
Artificial and refined sweeteners eg, Splenda, Sweet-n-Low, Aspertame, Nutra-Sweet, etc. They can increase your cravings for sugar and can also affect your baby’s ability to regulate blood sugar negatively.
Highly processed foods like soy and food additives such as MSG which is bad for the nervous system.
First Trimester Cramping
Cramping is experienced by many women and can be caused by many other things. Constipation or gas is a common reason for cramping. Your uterus is undergoing amazing growth and stretching and this is the usual reason for cramps. Though it can be quite uncomfortable, it is perfectly normal. If you are in any doubt and for your own peace of mind, talk to your doctor or midwife who can put your mind at ease.
Common Concerns During The First Trimester In Pregnancy
Need to visit the loo more often – due mainly to hormonal changes and more common during the first and last trimester. Try and reduce the amount you drink before bed time.
Mood Swings – due to changes in your hormone levels and a normal part of pregnancy. This is an especially explosive time emotionally, but it is only temporary.
Food Cravings – your body is working so hard on growing your baby and sometimes food cravings are a way for you body to indicate it requires extra sweet or salty food. Cravings for other items, both food and non-food may signal nutritional deficiencies, usually iron.
Indigestion and heartburn – more common in the second and third trimester.
Low blood sugar – during pregnancy, the placental hormones increase normal blood sugar levels and as such, three times more insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar is required. It is important for your baby’s health to keep your sugar level under control and thus avoid the problems related to high blood sugar or diabetes. Avoid skipping meals or doing excessive exercise.
Constipation – caused by the hormonal changes and also increased iron in the diet can contribute. Drink plenty of water and eat more fibre to help.
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- How to stay in shape during pregnancy
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I Need Help With ……..Morning Sickness!
Unfortunately though, nausea and vomiting are experienced by thousands of women and the exact causes are unknown. The good news though is that GENERALLY, it subsides around week 12 – 14.
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Wishing you the very best…
Thanks for visiting this page – I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and safe pregnancy!