A guide to the first 3 months of pregnancy- Start it right

Many women are not aware that they’re pregnant until they enter into the first trimester. But during this time, so much is happening to the mother’s body and to the fetus.

When the first trimester comes to an end, the baby is already formed fully. He will be about 10 centimetres long and will weigh around 28 grams. Baby will now have arms, hands, fingers, feet and toes. He will be able to open and close his mouth. Also, his circulatory and urinary systems will be working by this time.

As already discussed in past articles, a woman’s good health is very essential during pregnancy. It is also the base for the good health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy.

  • Please, take a note:
    • Speak to your doctor if you’re taking any kind of medication, make sure you speak to your doctor about it as soon as you come to know that you are pregnant. Your doctor will let you know whether medicines you are taking are safe or not during pregnancy.
    • Avoid raw meat and eggs, pressurized cheese and caffeine.
    • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol if you are a frequent consumer of these.
  • Early signs:
    • Breast tenderness and morning sickness are the earliest signs of pregnancy. If you notice any one of these, you should go for a pregnancy test.
    • Bleeding is another known sign. About a quarter of pregnant women experience slight bleeding during the first trimester. Always visit your doctor if you notice spots.
    • Thin and milky discharge is common.
    • Do not use tampons during pregnancy. It can introduce germs.
    • Tiredness, heartburn, cravings are another common symptom.
    • Don’t stop drinking fluids if you notice plenty of pee stops.
    • Weight gain is common during pregnancy. You will gain about 1.5 to 3 kgs during the first trimester.
  • Eating healthy: Eating a healthy and nutritious diet is very important during pregnancy. It is directly linked to good fetal brain development and healthy birth weight. Pregnant women should take care of her diet and her diet should include:
    • Proteins
    • Vitamin C
    • Calcium
    • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Whole Grains
    • Iron-rich Foods
    • Adequate Fat
    • Folic Acid
  • Multivitamins: Another important thing is to take multivitamins during pregnancy, ask your doctor and start early.
  • Exercise and meditation: Exercising 30 minutes per day is proven to help circulation, strengthen muscles, and decrease stress. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise. If you were not physically active before getting pregnant, talk with your doctor about what exercise you can do during your pregnancy.
    If you feel stressed, start meditation. It will help relieving the symptoms. Include veggies and fruits in your diet and drink plenty of water. Don’t stress, just relax moms to be.
  • Final note: The home pregnancy test method is used by many women. The next step should be to see a medical practitioner for official confirmation and to check that all is well.

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