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The first part of your pregnancy journey is categorized as the first trimester, or the weeks in between conception and week 12 of pregnancy. During this time you will be making a lot of decisions and experiencing a lot of changes. The first trimester is the first of the three stages of pregnancy. It is a very critical stage in your journey for both you and your baby's development. Although you may not be able to see the physical changes yet, there is a lot going on for both you and your baby.
During the first trimester, all of your baby's major organ and organ systems are beginning to form. Your baby is developing a brain, spinal cord, heart, hands and feet. This is when your baby is in the most vulnerable state, especially to toxic substances like drugs and alcohol. Along with baby's growth, your body is also beginning to change.
At the time of the first trimester, your body is being flooded with pregnancy hormones like hCG, estrogen, and progesterone. These hormonal changes can prompt symptoms often associated with the first trimester, these include, weight gain, discomfort, food cravings, nausea, headache, and extreme tiredness. Although some women have little to no pregnancy symptoms, others may experience some or all of the symptoms of pregnancy:
There are so many exciting, and sometimes nerve-wrecking decisions to make during the first trimester. Since most pregnant women do not have a confirmed pregnancy test until a few weeks into the first trimester, it can seem overwhelming to prepare for the next weeks ahead. This list will but help ease your mind as you navigate the first trimester and beyond.
Your first trimester is sure to be one that you will not forget. While planning, picking names, and scheduling appointments, remember to enjoy the moment. This is just the beginning, the second trimester is unique in its own way.