Understanding The First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester of pregnancy is one of the more difficult phases of having a baby. There are lucky moms-to-be who don’t experience any annoying and uncomfortable symptoms at all during the first three months. Unfortunately, I am not one of them…

 

My Personal Experiences within the First Trimester of Pregnancy

 

Usually, you wouldn’t know you’re pregnant until you miss your period. I have always had normal menstrual cycles since I was sixteen (28-30 days). So, when I suddenly missed mine on the third day it was supposed to have arrived and I have been feeling dizziness, faster heartbeat, and several occasions of snap blackouts, I did a pregnancy test, and it turned out positive. ­čÖé

 

The first month of conception happened unknowingly. The pregnancy was not planned, but it was very welcome. ­čÖé As far as I remember, during the first month, I felt the irresistible urge to sleep all day. I felt really tired and exhausted even if I wasn’t doing anything. I couldn’t keep my eyes from closing involuntarily to the extent that I have thought of seeing a neurologist because I felt that something’s wrong with my brain functions. Sleepiness hit me most during the afternoon, so I got my great share of long siestas.

 

During the second month when I was already fully aware of being pregnant, I scheduled an appointment with my OB-Gyn Dr. Hildrette Floreza. She performed an IE and confirmed I was pregnant, counting from the first day of my last menstrual cycle. I didn’t undergo vaginal ultrasound because I fear that the pregnancy would get disturbed and would not progress. I’d like to leave the embryo as it was and just wait for another month when they can already perform abdominal ultrasound (this was just my personal choice and belief). My doctor prescribed me Rejuvon OB and Folsyn, which I should ingest daily. Since I was spotting and we wanted to eliminate the possibility of a miscarriage, I also took Duvadilan 3x a day whenever I feel abdominal cramps. I also started drinking Anmum. I tried the mango and chocolate flavor, but stuck on the latter because it tastes good either hot or cold. There were days when I drunk Anmum once, and several days twice although the recommended intake is twice a day to get the most out of it.

 

What I remember during the second month was that my taste buds were starting to get bitter. I felt nauseous in the morning although I was not yet throwing up. I still felt sleepy all the time.

 

The going got tougher during the third trimester. By this time, the baby bump wasn’t apparent and I could still wear my normal clothes. This stage made me hate being pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I hated the symptoms┬ábut always loved the thought of┬ábeing a mom-to-be.

 

I felt really sick. I could barely eat, so my doctor just advised me to continue my meds and Anmum and just suck hard candy if I couldn’t really stand the taste of food. Oh, we switched to Martham as a replacement for Rejuvon OB because we thought that it was the latter that was making me feel sick to my stomach. However, Martham was a bigger capsule and I have always had problems swallowing medicines, so I went back to taking Rejuvon OB.

 

This was also the first time I had my abdominal ultrasound to check the fetus. I can’t put into words the joy I felt when hubby and I heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. The baby’s heart was beating at 154 bpm. She moved like crazy in my tummy, rolling around. It was awesome witnessing for the first time a life that was starting to form inside my body. Life is really a miracle! I know mommies can relate to me and I’m sure you moms-to-be will also look forward to the very first day you’ll say hi to your baby via ultrasound. Happiness overload indeed! ­čśÇ

 

The Changes In Your Body During the First Trimester of Pregnancy

 

According to Web MD, there are several noticeable changes in a woman’s body that take place during the first trimester of pregnancy. Guys, pay attention please! This is the stage when you have to store extra patience and give some more tender loving care to your sweethearts. Remember, you’re tending two people now – the mommy and your baby.

 

  • Bleeding (although only 25% of pregnant women experience slight bleeding during the first trimester, me included).

 

  • Breast tenderness. This is caused by hormonal spikes, and is in preparation for milk storage.

 

  • Constipation and feeling bloated. Blame it to increased levels of progesterone plus the extra iron you get from your prenatal vitamins. Taking a walk and doing slight physical activities can help ease constipation. Drink a lot of water too.

 

  • Milky white discharge.

 

  • Fatigue. You feel worn out easily because your body is adjusting to the drastic changes it goes through so it can accommodate a growing fetus. Make sure to get a lot of rest.

 

  • Food cravings and/or aversions. While this is the perfect time to get spoiled by your guy, be extra careful with the food you eat. Always choose healthy. If you’re feeling nauseous, ┬átry eating small portions frequently even if you don’t feel like it, so you can have a healthy baby.

 

  • Frequent urination. Although your baby is still very small, your uterus is already growing, putting a pressure on your bladder, making you want to pee most of the time.

 

  • Heartburn. Again, your increased levels of progesterone relaxes your muscles including the esophagus, which prevents the acid in your stomach from going back up. To prevent it, avoid lying down right after eating and refrain from consuming greasy, spicy, and acidic foods. Also, raise your pillow a little when you sleep.

 

  • Mood swings. Expect an emotional roller coaster lady, and hubby please be very understanding at this point. The feeling of restlessness and the increasing levels of┬áhormones are taking its toll on your sweetheart’s body. This is the time she needs you the most. Please don’t get pissed off when she changes moods every 5 seconds.

 

  • Morning sickness. Well, 85% of moms-to-be feel nauseous during the first three months of pregnancy. To avoid this, eat small portions frequently or high-protein snacks like cracker or cheese. Avoid the food that makes you feel sick.

 

  • Weight gain. Your first trimester requires you to gain 3 to 6 pounds. This means an additional 150 calories to your diet. In my case, I was 110 lbs. during my second┬ámonth and dropped to 108 lbs. on the third month. As I have shared, I barely could eat during my third month.

 

On my next post, I will be talking about the healthy foods you should eat during pregnancy. Meanwhile, I hope you’re getting a good rest preggy lady. Enjoy the feeling, it won’t last that long! ­čÖé

 

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