How To Take Care During Pregnancy Of First Month

Congratulations! You’re pregnant. This is a time of many changes, both physically and emotionally. It’s also important to make sure you’re staying healthy for your baby, so here are some pregnancy tips for the first month:

Stay active

You should be physically active during pregnancy. Your body will need to work harder to support the extra pounds, and being active helps reduce the risk of problems such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. For example, swimming is a great workout for pregnant women because it keeps their muscles toned without placing weight on their joints. Walking is another good option for staying healthy throughout pregnancy — just be sure to take it easy at first so you don’t overexert yourself.

Once you’ve started exercising regularly, it may seem like a good idea to eat whatever foods are available at your favorite restaurant or grocery store as long as they’re “healthy ” and “safe” (which essentially means low-fat). But since taste buds change during pregnancy, don’t assume that what once tasted delicious now tastes bland or unappealing because it’s healthier than before. Try new things instead! And if something does come along that tempts even those who say they dislike vegetables (yes — I’m looking at you), don’t go overboard; moderation really does mean moderation here, especially when we’re talking about eating too much salt or sugar (not only do these have negative effects on developing fetuses but also on mothers themselves when taken in excessive amounts).

Eat well

Eat well. Eating a balanced diet is essential for good health and proper growth of the baby. It should include a wide variety of foods from all the food groups, especially fruits and vegetables (at least seven servings each day), whole grains (six servings per day), low-fat dairy products, lean meats, beans, eggs and nuts.

Include a daily intake of healthy fats (monounsaturated fats from olive oil or canola oil; omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish like salmon or tuna) to help you absorb vitamins A and D. Include plenty of minerals in your diet by eating lean meat and poultry that has been baked instead of fried; salads with leafy greens such as spinach; legumes such as kidney beans or lentils; seeds like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds; fruits like avocados there are also some great organic sources online if you need them!

Take prenatal vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are a good way to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. They should be taken daily, at the same time every day, with food or milk products and a full glass of water. While there’s no proof that taking prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach would cause any harm, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Avoid toxins

  • Avoid toxins.
  • Avoid contaminants.
  • Stay away from chemicals and heavy metals—like mercury, lead, arsenic, nickel, and cadmium—that are poisonous to you or your baby. Some of these can be found in certain foods (fish), water supplies (tap or bottled), air pollution (car exhaust), and other sources throughout your home environment.
  • Reduce exposure by removing carpets and rugs from your bedroom flooring; switching out furniture for plastic or vinyl versions which don’t contain flame retardants; installing an air purifier; running an ozone generator in the basement or garage where much of the dust from outside gets sucked in; washing fruits and vegetables carefully before eating them (and peeling off any skin that has been directly exposed to pesticides); avoiding fish high in methylmercury such as tuna steak or swordfish; using only cold tap water for drinking purposes unless it’s been filtered through a reverse osmosis filter or distillation process first—these filters remove almost all contaminants but may require maintenance over time so check with manufacturer before purchasing one if unsure what type might work best for you specifically!

Limit advice-giving friends, family members, and colleagues

You may be thinking, “But what if I take advice from someone who has been pregnant and has grown children?” The answer is still no. It’s your body, and it’s your pregnancy—you’re the one who will have to live with the consequences of any decisions you make. If you’d like some validation for this decision, remember that doctors (the people who know best) only give out information in person or over email—they don’t do it on social media. So when you see a post about how anyone should never eat sushi during pregnancy because they heard once that someone got food poisoning from eating sushi during their first trimester, ignore it! This person is not an expert; they’re just another person who wants to give unsolicited advice because they think they know better than you do.

In general: don’t listen to anyone else! You already know everything there is to know about yourself and how well (or poorly) you’ve managed other stressful situations in life thus far; so follow that knowledge now by making sure everyone else knows how little weight their opinions carry with you when it comes to something as important as carrying another human being around inside yourself for nine months straight!

Get plenty of rest

Remember that your body is changing and growing a new life. It takes a lot of energy, so you will need to get plenty of rest. During the first trimester, you may feel tired or fatigued. Your body needs more sleep at this time because it is using its energy to make extra blood cells for the baby.

During your pregnancy, try to get 7-9 hours (the same as before you were pregnant) of uninterrupted sleep per night on a regular basis by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. If possible, take a nap during the day if you feel very sleepy when you are awake (but don’t fall asleep behind the wheel).

Have sex!

Sex is a fun way to connect with your partner, and it’s also a good way to get some exercise. “Sex doesn’t always have to be about procreation. It can just be a fun activity that you do together,” says Dr. Dweck. “And if you’re feeling hormonal and sexy, then sex is even better for helping you relax.”

If you don’t feel like doing it right now, that’s okay too! “Most women don’t feel up for intercourse in the first trimester of pregnancy,” says Dr. Dweck. But if your body feels ready and willing, he suggests talking with your partner about what feels good for both of you before starting off again physically—it may not be exactly how things were before conception (and that’s okay!).

Wait before announcing your pregnancy

How do you know if it’s the right time to announce your pregnancy?

The first trimester is the most vulnerable for a fetus, and most miscarriages happen in this period. If you’re going through something similar, don’t share your news until you’ve passed it. The second and third trimesters are safer ones to announce your pregnancy. However, there are still risks associated with miscarriage at these stages too! Make sure that being pregnant isn’t an inconvenience for yourself or others before announcing it; only then should you share the news with others.

After all of this waiting has passed successfully—and if we may be so bold as to say “congratulations,” even though technically we don’t know what gender your baby is yet!—it’s finally time for the fourth trimester: when everyone knows about your bundle of joy (or perhaps bundles). There are no hard-and-fast rules here, but generally speaking people like knowing when babies will be born so they can prepare themselves accordingly—especially if they want to go back home after giving birth and live with their family members again without any hassle from social services who might question why there wasn’t enough room available for them in local hospitals/nursing homes/etcetera….

Pregnancy is a time of many changes. During this exciting time it’s important for a woman to take care of herself.

Pregnancy is a time of many changes. During this exciting time it’s important for a woman to take care of herself.

During pregnancy, you need to have good nutrition and health habits so that you can have a healthy pregnancy and baby. As a result, you will feel better, too!

As soon as possible after becoming pregnant, see your doctor or midwife for a thorough checkup. This visit will include questions about your medical history and physical exam to confirm the pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife may also want some tests done to check your health status before proceeding with treatment options during the first month of pregnancy:

Conclusion

Pregnancy is a time of many changes. During this exciting time it’s important for a woman to take care of herself. This includes eating well, exercising, getting enough rest and relaxation.

You are pregnant. Jump for joy and be grateful for this blessing, and then sit down and let the large, monumental responsibility of parenting sink in. This list of do’s and don’ts in the first trimester of pregnancy will help your growing baby thrive inside the womb.

Free downloads: Pregnancy guidebooks by trimester

The DO’s

DO think of food as fuel.

Think of your body as a vehicle: It is carrying your most precious cargo right now. Would you want to fuel your car with sub-par gasoline? Of course not! You would not want to take the chance of it breaking down.

Similarly, you do not want to fuel your body with sub-par energy sources. Choose organic foods whenever possible and eat from local food sources if you can. This limits your exposure to pesticides.

DO focus on folate.

Have you been taking your folic acid? If you were not already taking folic acid supplements in advance of getting pregnant, start immediately.

You should be taking 600 micrograms of folic acid in the first trimester of pregnancy. This helps prevent two common and serious birth defects: spina bifida and anencephaly. In fact, the U.S. Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend all women aged 15 to 45 take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily – not just those who are pregnant.

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, your physician most likely will recommend you take a prenatal vitamin. These vitamins are designed to meet the recommendations for folic acid intake. Speaking of prenatal vitamins…

DO take your prenatal vitamins.

Not only will these vitamins supply the necessary folate, but they also will help cover your needs for calcium, iron and zinc. Additionally, they provide the appropriate amounts of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), two types of omega-3 fats that help your baby’s brain develop.

Not a fan of the big pills? Talk to your OB provider about an alternative vitamin regimen.

Read more: The ABCs of vitamins in pregnancy

DO eat the rainbow.

Not literally, of course, but while you are meal-planning or find yourself in need of a snack, try to eat foods that are colorful: dark green spinach, orange carrots, red apples, yellow bananas, blueberries.

Not only do such brightly colored foods generally offer the most nutrients and antioxidants, but having a varied diet will expose your baby to a range of tastes and flavors. Your baby eats what you eat through the amniotic fluid, so if you eat a wide variety of foods, your baby will also.

DO sleep.

Are you surprised to find yourself so tired? Don’t be! Your body is going through tremendous changes and is developing an entirely new life-providing system for your baby. As it grows the placenta, you will likely find yourself beyond exhausted some days. Plus, you are going through monumental hormonal and emotional changes.

Take naps. Frequently! If you work, you might want to schedule a little bit of rest time into your lunch hour. Set bedtimes and stick to them! Your body will need a solid eight to nine hours of sleep each night.

DO exercise.

Did you exercise regularly before getting pregnant? Great! Keep it up. Regular exercise helps you combat the frequent mood and hormonal changes and fatigue occurring in this first trimester. It also helps prevent weight gain and battle insomnia.

Were you not so faithful about getting enough exercise prior to getting pregnant? No worries! There are several ways you can adopt a more active lifestyle, even during pregnancy. But before you begin any kind of new exercise regimen, contact your OB provider who will suggest options specific to your needs, taking into account your current state of health and what is best for your baby.

DO get a flu shot.

Not only can pregnant women get a flu shot, they are highly encouraged to do so! According to the CDC, the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in healthy women who are not pregnant.

Because of changes to your immune system, heart and lungs, you are more prone to serious illness from the flu. Also, some evidence shows that contracting the flu during pregnancy can raise the risk of complications, including premature labor. The flu vaccine reduces that risk.

Even better, the flu vaccine can also protect the baby from contracting the flu after birth. Since a mother’s antibodies are passed on to her child during pregnancy, the vaccine will help protect the baby against the flu for the first few months after birth.

DO visit the dentist.

Do you have a regular dental checkup coming up? Don’t skip it! The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that teeth cleaning and dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women. In fact, OB/GYNs are now advised to do oral health assessments during an initial prenatal visit and to encourage dental visits during pregnancy.

The ACOG reports that 40 percent of pregnant American women have some degree of periodontal disease and that the physical changes from pregnancy can result in changes to a woman’s gums and teeth. A dental visit can identify any potential dental needs.

DO stay hydrated.

Hydration helps prevent preterm labor. It also helps prevent headaches, kidney stones and dizziness. Are you already battling constipation and hemorrhoids? Good news: staying hydrated helps fight both. If your urine is light yellow to clear, you are getting enough hydration. If it is dark yellow, you need to increase your water intake.

DO ask for help.

Are you already more tired than usual during your first trimester of pregnancy? Ask your partner to help out more, maybe picking up a few extra tasks around the house to ease your burden.

Are you going it alone in this pregnancy? Ask a friend or family member if he or she can help. Do what you need to do in order to ensure you are getting enough rest, not only for yourself but also for your growing baby. Having extra help or having fewer tasks to accomplish will allow you more rest time.

The DON’TS

DON’T smoke.

Are you smoker? Now is the best time to quit! Not only for your health, but also for the health of your baby. Talk with your provider today about ways to quit.

According to the CDC, women who smoke during pregnancy are more at risk of miscarriage, and babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for birth defects, such as a cleft lip or cleft palate, premature birth, low birth weights and infant death. These babies also are at greater risk for learning disabilities. Smoking during and after pregnancy also is one of the risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Additionally, babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to become smokers earlier in their own lives due to a physiologic nicotine addiction.

What about e-cigarettes? Are those just as dangerous for growing babies? The CDC says that while the aerosol of e-cigarettes typically has fewer harmful substances than cigarette smoke, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine still are not safe during pregnancy. The nicotine alone is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies, and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs.

DON’T drink alcohol.

There is no amount of alcohol that is safe during pregnancy, according to the CDC. Likewise, there is no time during pregnancy when digesting alcohol does not carry risk.

Drinking alcohol when pregnant can cause problems for the developing baby in all stages of pregnancy, including the days and weeks before a woman knows she is pregnant. The CDC says that drinking alcohol in the first three months of pregnancy, specifically, can cause the baby to have abnormal facial features and growth and central nervous system problems. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth and a range of behavioral and intellectual disabilities known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).

Children with FASDs may have abnormal facial features, poor coordination, poor memory, difficulty with attention, learning disabilities, difficulties in school, speech and language delays, low IQs, poor reasoning and judgment skills, sleep and sucking problems as infants, vision and hearing problems, and problems with the heart, kidney or bones.

If a woman drinks during pregnancy, it is never too late to stop. The sooner she stops, the better the health benefits are for herself and her baby. Are you a pregnant woman who needs help? Talk to your provider right away; there are resources available to help you.

DON’T eat raw meat.

Pregnant women who eat raw or undercooked meat and eggs are at risk of contracting listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, which can lead to serious and life-threatening illnesses. These illnesses can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage. Cook your meat and eggs thoroughly prior to eating.

DON’T visit the sauna.

Avoid the sauna and hot tub. There is a risk of overheating, dehydration and fainting every time you use a sauna, whirlpool, hot tub or steam room. Your body is unable to lose heat effectively by sweating and your body’s core temperature rises. It is very possible that a significant rise in your core temperature could affect your baby’s development, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. In fact, some research suggests that your risk of miscarriage doubles if you use one of these during the first trimester.

DON’T drink too much caffeine.

This is an especially tricky one in this first trimester of pregnancy because you are so very tired. But caffeine can cross the placenta and affect your growing baby’s heart rate.

What if you just can’t seem to stay away from the coffee pot? Don’t fret. Research suggests that some caffeine is OK in the first trimester – up to about 200 milligrams a day, about two cups of coffee – but some studies suggest that drinking too much caffeine during pregnancy might be associated with a greater risk of miscarriage.

DON’T clean the litter box.

There’s no reason to fear or avoid your pet cat but leave the cleaning of the litter box to your partner or a friend. There are millions of parasites in feline waste and one – toxoplasma gondii – is especially dangerous to pregnant women. Miscarriage or stillbirth can result, and babies who are born with this parasite could develop serious health problems, including seizures and mental disabilities. It also can lead to vision problems.

DON’T eat for two.

Sure, this saying has been around for decades. But ignore it! Studies show that half of women gain too much weight during pregnancy. When that happens, the baby is at greater risk of obesity later in life. You do generally need additional calories in the second and third trimesters, but doctors disagree about whether you actually need any extra calories in this first trimester.

My recommendation? Eat until you are satisfied. Then stop.

Take care of yourself

This list of dos and don’ts in the first trimester of pregnancy might, at first glance, seem a bit intimidating. But don’t let it scare you! Most of these can be summed with one simple sentence: Take care of yourself. Be sure to eat healthful foods, drink lots of water, and get enough sleep.

Before you know it, your little one will finally be here, physically in your arms. Then, as you hold and snuggle with your healthy newborn, remember to thank yourself for following this list of dos and don’ts in the first trimester of your pregnancy. A healthy, happy baby makes it all worthwhile.

1st Month of Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy is divided into 3 trimesters. Each trimester is a little longer than 13 weeks. The first month marks the beginning of the first trimester.

What’s gestational age?

Pregnancy timing is measured using “gestational age.” Gestational age starts on the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).

Gestational age can be confusing. Most people think of pregnancy as lasting 9 months. And it’s true that you’re pregnant for about 9 months. But because pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period — about 3-4 weeks before you’re actually pregnant — a full-term pregnancy usually totals about 40 weeks from LMP — roughly 10 months.

Many people don’t remember exactly when they started their last menstrual period — that’s OK. The surest way to find out gestational age early in pregnancy is with an ultrasound.

What happens during week 1 – 2?

These are the first 2 weeks of your menstrual cycle. You have your period. About 2 weeks later, the egg that’s most mature is released from your ovary — this is called ovulation. Ovulation may happen earlier or later, depending on the length of your menstrual cycle. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days.

After it’s released, your egg travels down your fallopian tube toward your uterus. If the egg meets up with a sperm, they combine. This is called fertilization. Fertilization is most likely to occur when you have unprotected vaginal sex during the 6 days leading up to — and including the day of — ovulation.

What happens during week 3 – 4?

The fertilized egg moves down your fallopian tube and divides into more and more cells. It reaches your uterus about 3–4 days after fertilization. The dividing cells then form a ball that floats around in the uterus for about 2–3 days.

Pregnancy begins when the ball of cells attaches to the lining of your uterus. This is called implantation. It usually starts about 6 days after fertilization and takes about 3–4 days to be complete.

Pregnancy doesn’t always happen, even if an egg is fertilized by a sperm. Up to half of all fertilized eggs pass out of your body when you get your period, before implantation is complete.

What are the signs of pregnancy?

For a lot of people, the first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Most pregnancy tests will be positive by the time you’ve missed your period. Other early pregnancy symptoms include feeling tired, feeling bloated, peeing more than usual, mood swings, nausea, and tender or swollen breasts. Not everyone has all of these symptoms, but it’s common to have at least 1 of them.

How To Take Care Of Yourself During Pregnancy

Weeks 6 to 10 of Your Pregnancy: Care Instructions

Embryo in uterus, with detail of development at 8 weeks pregnant

Overview

During the first 6 to 10 weeks of your pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Your baby grows very quickly, even though you can’t feel it yet. You may start to feel different, both in your body and your emotions. Because each pregnancy is unique, there’s no right way to feel. You may feel the healthiest you’ve ever been, or you might feel tired or sick to your stomach (“morning sickness”).

These early weeks are a time to make healthy choices and to eat the best foods for you and your baby.

This is also a good time to think about birth defects testing. These are tests done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with the baby. First-trimester tests for birth defects can be done between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the test. Talk with your doctor about what kinds of tests are available.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

Eat well

Go to Canada’s Food Guide at https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/ to make sure you are eating a variety of foods each day. In your second and third trimesters most women will need to eat more of these healthy foods for healthy weight gain. Talk to your doctor or midwife about what is right for you.

  • Eat at least 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks every day. Eat fresh, whole foods, including:
    • Vegetables and fruits. Be sure to include a variety of colours. Try pears, apples, berries, broccoli, cabbage, and leafy greens.
    • Whole grain foods. Enjoy a variety of whole grains including quinoa, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, oatmeal, or brown rice.
    • Protein foods. Try protein foods like eggs, beans, fish, poultry, lean meat, peanut butter, milk, fortified soy beverages, yogurt, and cheese.
    • Healthy fats. Choose foods with healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocado, fatty fish, and corn or olive oil.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Make water your drink of choice. Avoid sodas and other sweetened drinks.
  • Choose foods that have important vitamins for your baby, such as calcium, iron, and folate.
    • Dairy products, tofu, canned fish with bones, almonds, broccoli, dark leafy greens, corn tortillas, and fortified orange juice are good sources of calcium.
    • Beef, poultry, liver, spinach, lentils, dried beans, fortified cereals, and dried fruits are rich in iron.
    • Dark leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, liver, fortified cereals, orange juice, peanuts, and almonds are good sources of folate.
  • Choose fish that are lower in mercury. These include salmon, rainbow trout, pollock, herring, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters, and canned “light” tuna.
  • Avoid foods that could harm your baby.
    • Do not eat raw or undercooked meat, chicken, or fish (such as sushi or raw oysters).
    • Do not eat raw eggs or foods that contain raw eggs, such as Caesar dressing.
    • Do not eat raw sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts.
    • Do not eat soft cheeses and unpasteurized dairy foods, such as Brie, feta, or blue cheese.
    • Limit how much high-mercury fish you eat.
      • Do not eat more than 150 g (5.3 oz) of high-mercury fish in a month. These include fresh or frozen tuna (not canned “light” tuna), shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy, and escolar.
      • Do not eat more than 300 g (10.6 oz) of canned (white) albacore tuna each week.
    • Avoid caffeine, or limit your intake to 300 mg or about 2 cups of coffee or tea each day.

Protect yourself and your baby

  • Do not touch kitty litter or cat feces. They can cause an infection that could harm your baby.
  • High body temperature can be harmful to your baby. So if you want to use a sauna or hot tub, be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife about how to use it safely.

Cope with morning sickness

  • Sip small amounts of water, juices, or shakes. Try drinking between meals, not with meals.
  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. Try dry toast or crackers when you first get up, and eat breakfast a little later.
  • Avoid spicy, greasy, and fatty foods.
  • When you feel sick, open your windows or go for a short walk to get fresh air.
  • Try nausea wristbands. These help some people.
  • Tell your doctor or midwife if you think your prenatal vitamins make you sick.

Signs Your Pregnancy is Going Well In The First Trimester

Those first three months of pregnancy — otherwise known as the first trimester — can be tough. All of a sudden, your body starts changing shape, and you’re feeling all types of sensations that are pretty out of the ordinary for you. As you start going through the pregnancy process, undoubtedly, you’ll be excited and nervous. It’s hard not to worry about some of the more unfamiliar symptoms. Thankfully, there are several signs your pregnancy is going well in the first trimester and everything is exactly as it should be.

The first trimester is defined as the time between the fertilization of the egg and the 13th week of your pregnancy. “It begins on the first day of your last menstrual period and continues until the last day of the 13th week,” board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Sherry Ross, M.D., tells Romper. You might not even look pregnant yet, but you’ll probably be feeling it. Your body is going through so many changes during this time, and it may be hard trying to figure out what is normal and what’s not, even if you’ve been pregnant before. “Many women delight in getting a positive pregnancy test after planning and trying to conceive,” OB-GYN Dr. Delisa Skeete Henry, M.D., tells Romper. “They are oftentimes blindsided by the not-so-pleasant first trimester, which can truly be miserable.” (Luckily, the first trimester symptoms tend to go away by around 12 or 14 weeks of pregnancy, Skeete Henry says, so try to hang in there.)

As you go through the process of making and growing a human, you’ll no doubt be very attuned to every little sensation and symptom. Here are twelve signs your pregnancy is going well in the first trimester to assure you everything is progressing according to plan.

One signs your pregnancy is going well in the first trimester is if you feel exhausted.
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You’ve Been Missing A Period

This one seems obvious, but it will probably be your most clear-cut sign of pregnancy along the way. “Missing a period is usually the first sign of a new pregnancy, although women with irregular periods may not initially recognize a missed period as pregnancy,” Ross explains. So, while this is a tell-tale sign for a lot of people, some won’t notice this indicator.

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You Have Heartburn

There’s a host of symptoms you may experience during the first few weeks of pregnancy, and many symptoms can be explained by an increase in progesterone during the first trimester. According to Ross, experiencing things like stomach upset and heartburn is “normal and expected in the beginning of a new pregnancy as a result of normal hormonal changes and taking prenatal vitamins.”

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Your Boobs Are Huge & In Pain

If you went to bed with a B cup and woke up with a C, don’t be surprised. Sore breasts are one of the earliest and most common signs of pregnancy and are caused by a surge in hormones.

“Progesterone increases during the first trimester, which makes your breasts exquisitely tender, achy, and sensitive.” says Skeete Henry. While symptoms should improve as you enter the second trimester, it might be time to go bra shopping. “Invest in some good-fitting sports bras,” says Skeete Henry. Keeping your girls supported can help assuage symptoms.

One sign your pregnancy is going well during the first trimester is constipation.
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You’re Bloated & Develop “The Blump”

You’re not showing off a baby bump yet, but because of excess bloating, you’ve got “the blump.” Ugh. “Because of the pregnancy hormones, the bowels are slow to move, therefore you feel bloated and full especially by the end of the day,” says Skeete Henry. The excess pressure in your abdomen and uterus can also strain your “down there” muscles, causing you to pass gas like it’s your day job. It’s equal parts normal and mortifying.

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You Feel Nauseated All Day Long

Morning sickness is one of the telltale signs your pregnancy is going well in the first trimester, although the term is a bit of a misnomer. While you might experience it in the a.m., for many people, pregnancy nausea is a 24/7 deal — and it can be totally miserable. “Some people are more sensitive to pregnancy hormones than others, whether that’s estrogen, which affects breast tenderness, or hCG levels, which control morning sickness,” Dr. Abigail Cutler, M.D., MPH, an OB-GYN at Yale-New Haven Hospital, tells Romper.

Until morning sickness subsides (typically after the first trimester), there are things you can do to ease the quease. “I recommend ginger tea or ginger candy,” says Skeete Henry. “Eating small meals throughout the day may help, too.” Even acupuncture can help relieve nausea.

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You Have Frequent Headaches

Early pregnancy headaches can be triggered by many different things, but this onset of pain is often brought on by morning sickness. “Many patients have sporadic and intermittent nausea and vomiting with related relative dehydration, and that can also cause headaches,” Dr. Angela Bianco, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies in the Mount Sinai Health system, previously told Romper.

One sign your pregnancy is going well during the first trimester is food cravings.
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You See Thick Vaginal Discharge

Thin, milky, white discharge, or leukorrhea, is a common pregnancy symptom. The discharge is caused by your body’s hormonal changes in early pregnancy. The increased blood flow to the pelvic area stimulates your body’s mucous membranes. “Pregnancy hormones increase the cervical mucus and increase vaginal discharge,” says Skeete Henry. “Normal discharge is typically pasty, clear to whitish in color, and odorless.”

You may need to wear a pad to protect your undies during your pregnancy (but not a tampon, since it isn’t really safe). If your vaginal discharge has a foul-smelling odor or is green or yellow in color, Skeete Henry says to tell your doctor.

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You Are Peeing A Lot

Frequent urination, even in early pregnancy without the weight of a baby, is very normal. Your blood volume can increase fivefold during pregnancy,” explains Skeete Henry. “Since your kidneys are filtering lots more blood, this will create more urine, and therefore you will pee more.” While peeing all the time isn’t pleasant, it’s a natural part of pregnancy.

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You Don’t Have Any Symptoms

When you spotted those two little lines on the pregnancy stick, you prepared yourself for the onslaught of symptoms that you imagined would occur. And then… nothing. Not to worry, though. “Sometimes no signs are the best sign,” certified nurse practitioner Emily Silver tells Romper. “You may feel great and that is OK, and it’s also a sign of a very healthy pregnancy.” Skeete Henry adds, “If everything is confirmed normal with the pregnancy, then consider yourself lucky!”

Your body is going through such a transformation in the first trimester, and the changes may feel really weird or simply uncomfortable. If you’re experiencing any of the above, it simply means your body and baby are doing what they need to do. Taking care of yourself and keeping an open line of communication with your healthcare provider will ensure that you stay on track for your second trimester, and eventually, your baby’s delivery.

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