The First Trimester: What Would-Be Mothers Must Expect

expectant mothersNothing compares to the joy of cradling a new-born in your arms. Many expectant mothers become excited with the eventual arrival of a baby, but some fail to prepare themselves for the bodily changes pregnancy can bring.

With that said, it’s important that you know what to expect in the nine months you would carry your young one. It all begins with the first three months of the process. The following are some changes expectant mothers may experience during this period:

Breast tenderness

One of pregnancy’s earliest signs is breast tenderness. The soreness is due to hormonal changes that help you get ready for feeding your baby. In most cases, breast tenderness lasts throughout the first trimester. Many doctors advice going up one (or more) bra size and sporting a support bra to lessen the discomfort.

Constipation

Pregnancy greatly increases the progesterone in your body. As a result, your small intestines’ contractions slow down, leading to constipation. The added iron from your vitamin intake also adds up to this condition. The Wells Suite suggests increasing fibre and fluid intake to combat this.

Although the higher level of progesterone may result in constipation, it is still an important hormone for pregnant women. Research has shown that low progesterone levels in women increases the risk of a miscarriage.

Bleeding

Some women bleed slightly during the first three months, as this is a sign of how the fertilised embryo has placed itself in the uterus. Nonetheless, the bleeding shouldn’t be significant or cause cramps and sharp pain. When you experience any of this, it’s best to call your gynaecologist to see if these are signs of ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage.

Apart from the fatigue you experience, these three conditions will likely happen to you during your first three months. Pregnancy subjects your body to great efforts to sustain the child inside it, so you must take care of yourself.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.