The first trimester is a very important period during pregnancy. Pregnant women need to take care during the first trimester. Pregnant women usually have to face different types of symptoms and physical changes. Today we will focus briefly about first trimester pregnancy symptoms week by week ( 1 week pregnant to 13 weeks pregnant).

Read below the first trimester pregnancy symptoms week by week. Absolutely this topic will help all pregnant women. Also this pregnancy advice should know to all parents.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 1 Week Pregnant

Pregnant women experience different types of pregnancy symptoms in first week. Here are the brief information about pregnancy symptoms in first week.

first trimester pregnancy symptoms week by week
Pregnancy symptoms in first week

How your body is changing:

Week one begins as your uterus begins to shed its lining, or to put it more plainly, you’ve begun your period. Around the end of this week hormones will signal the ovaries to prepare an egg within them. This egg will one day be half of your new baby!

How your life is changing:

Stop smoking, drug and alcohol use. Studies show even one glass of wine can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in some women, and there is no way to know if you are one of those women.

Also avoid second hand smoke, and if your partner is a smoker its better he quits, or smokes outside. This applies even in the car, window open or not, you should not be in a vehicle if someone is smoking.

If you’ve been using birth control, stop. As well as consult a doctor on the safety during pregnancy of other medications you may be taking. Take the prescriptions with you when you consult a doctor.

He will evaluate the risks and advantages of said medications, and explore alternatives to their use if they can be harmful to your baby, for which the prescription will be of great help.

You may think you have already given up enough. But, you’ll need to cut back on your caffeine intake if you’re a heavy tea, coffee, or soda drinker. Experts agree keeping daily caffeine consumption below 300 mg leads to heavier, healthier babies with less miscarriage and premature births.

To give you a rough idea of what 300 mg of caffeine is, a regular eight ounce coffee has 107 mg of caffeine on average, a twelve ounce coca-cola 34.5 mg and an average eight ounce glass of tea contains 47 mg. As you can tell 300 mg is easy to exceed.

Exercise is important now and should be continued throughout your pregnancy unless otherwise instructed by a doctor. Your labor will go easier, and you will appreciate all of your hard work later on!

Start taking a prenatal vitamin with ample folic acid (at least .4 mg daily), and stop taking any herbal supplements until you have cleared them with your doctor.

The healthier your body is now, the healthier you and your baby will be later.

It’s not to scare you but the miscarriage rate drops considerably after the second missed period, or eight week.

Though studies vary it’s believed that 22% of pregnancies miscarriage before a positive test can be obtained, and that 80% of miscarriages that do take place will occur before the twelfth week of pregnancy.

This sounds daunting, but your actual risk of miscarriage after a positive test result is observed is a mere 3% and drops as you enter the second trimester.

You can however choose a doctor now, ensure they have appropriate facilities.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 2 Weeks Pregnant

Here are the brief information about 2 weeks pregnancy symptoms. 2 weeks pregnancy symptoms and signs are as follows.

How your baby is growing:

The meeting of your egg and your partner’s sperm is called fertilization and your baby is now referred to as a Zygote.

Over the next three to four days which may be during the end of this week or the beginning of the next, depending on your menstrual cycle, your baby will move up your fallopian tube and into your uterus.

Once within the uterus the baby has already divided into 16 identical cells and is called a Morula. From this tiny ball of cells which will implant in your uterine lining during the end of week three, a placenta and baby will form.

Believe it or not, every genetic aspect of your new baby has already been decided. The twenty-three chromosomes contained within both your egg and your partner’s sperm combine to create a full forty-six chromosome set that will determine everything from eye color to sex in your baby.

No, you won’t be able to tell if it’s a boy or girl yet. Although some people believe the type depth of penetration can help determine the sex of a baby.

How your body is changing:

At peak fertility, your body will let off subtle cues to indicate ovulation:

-Cervical mucus will increase and become thick or watery with the consistency of raw egg white.

You will also be able to stretch it between your fingers up to an inch before it breaks, though if the idea of playing with your bodily excrements grosses you out there’s no need to test that last bit.

-Body temperature will rise. About 7 days after your period, if you’re feeling hot and everyone else is not, there’s a good chance you could be ovulating.

-Sexual desire will increase. Mother Nature knows how to make a baby; naturally ovulation comes with increased sex drive.

-Some women notice tenderness in their breasts just prior to ovulation. Unfortunately any hormonal change could also have this effect.

-Your cervix will become higher, more open, and soft. Not all women know how to check the position of their cervix and this can be tricky.

If you are ovulating, it will be more difficult to find, and it will be soft like the firmness of your lips. If you are not ovulating it will be easy to locate, and firm like the tip of your nose.

-Some women also report an increased sense of smell! Scientists theorize this may be to increase exposure to your mate’s pheromones.

-About 20% of women also experience mittleschmerz or a pain in the middle of their side during ovulation.

Whether you know about it or not ovulation will occur. Your egg or eggs will drop from an ovary into the fallopian tube to wait for their mate, sperm.

Now if your work in the bedroom pays off, one of the millions of sperms released during ejaculation will reach that tiny egg or eggs, and congratulations, you are finally pregnant!

You however will have no way of actually knowing this. At this stage if you have become pregnant there will be no symptoms, and your body will not have produced enough pregnancy hormones to result in a positive pregnancy test.

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To check the position of your cervix:

– Wash your hands well to avoid infection.

– Find a comfortable position to reach your cervix. This position varies from woman to woman.

– Insert one finger into your vaginal until you reach the back, here you will find your cervix.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 3 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

The tiny ball of cells, that is your baby, arrives in your uterus this week and implants into the uterine wall. Your baby, now called a Blastocyst, is hollow and fluid filled, and is only about 0.1-0.2 mm in diameter.

That’s smaller than the period on the end of this sentence. The cells within your Blastocyst (Don’t worry, you will think of a much better name for your baby later on) will continue to divide.

Amniotic fluid begins to build around your baby within its cavity within your uterine wall that will later become the amniotic sack which will protect and cushion him or her during their nine month stay inside of you.

How your body is changing:

You could experience light spotting this week. It is called implantation bleeding, and it is the first sign of pregnancy. Since the name implies implantation bleeding occurs while a baby implants in the uterine wall.

All women implantation bleeding is not same, some women experience much more bleeding than other women.

HCG also signals the ovaries to stop producing eggs so you cannot fertilize a second baby while pregnant with this one! It also triggers the release of hormones to stop your uterus from shedding its lining each month. This means, no more periods.

Though some women continue to experience light periods for the first few months, if you continue to have periods late into your pregnancy you should let your doctor know.

How your life is changing:

If you’ve been trying to conceive, week three can be an agonizing week. You may or may not be pregnant but no test will tell you yet. Week three is simply a waiting week and it can seem unbearably cruel.

There is some relief however, many women report experiencing early signs of pregnancy as soon as implantation bleeding occurs. So though you may not be able to get a definitive yes or no, a maybe could be obtained.

What is a wonderful task to take your mind off wondering for a short while? Go out and buy a pack of pregnancy tests if you don’t already have one. You’ll want at least two tests to be sure your result is accurate.

Also remember it is especially important to maintain the healthy diet and habit discussed in week one now and during your entire pregnancy.

All of vital organs of your baby will begin to develop within the coming weeks and any nutritional inadequacy or toxin can effect your baby’s growth and development.

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You can watch out for some early signs of pregnancy. At the same time you need to understand that there can be other reasons for those symptoms. Some of those signs are:

  • Body temperature remaining high. If you were charting your body temperature to determine when you were ovulating and it remained high this week, this is a good sign.

Other causes: Fever, impending menstruation (PMS)

  • Food cravings. Weird food cravings often occur later in pregnancy and are a result of the body missing certain vitamins or nutrients. You will crave foods that contain these nutritional elements.

Other causes: Poor diet, lack of a certain nutrient.

  • Frequent urination. This effect is caused by different factors throughout the pregnancy, early on it’s a hormonal side effect, later it can be caused by the baby pushing on your bladder.

Other causes: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increasing liquid intake, or taking excessive diuretics.

  • Sore or tender breasts.

Other causes: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS)

  • Increased sense of smell.

Other causes: imagination?

  • Increased fatigue.

Other causes: Stress, exhaustion, depression, illnesses

  • Headaches.

Other causes: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation, eye strain. Headaches can be caused by a plethora of things.

  • Loss of appetite.

Other causes: Endless.

  • Darkening of the area of around your nipples.

Other causes: Hormonal imbalance

  • Nausea and vomiting, also known as morning sickness. This symptom usually doesn’t hit most women for a few more weeks.

Other causes: Food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders.

  • Lastly the most well known pregnancy symptom, a missed period, though you likely won’t experience this until next week at least.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week: 4 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

Now on to that gestational sack mentioned above. This week your little Blastocyst becomes known as an embryo and it buries deeper into the uterine wall.

The division that began last week continues as part of the cells become baby and part of them the placenta, but for now a gestational sack has developed. The gestational sack, called the amniotic sack later in pregnancy is sort of like an egg shell that protects your baby.

Within this sack a yolk will develop to provide nutrients and red blood cells to your baby until the placenta has finished forming.

At this point your baby is .5 to 1 mm long, which is about the size of a poppy seed. This may seem awfully tiny but remember that a mere week ago your baby was the size of a period at the end of a sentence. This is amazing growth!

How your body is changing:

Most women have begun to experience some or all of those early pregnancy symptoms mentioned last week by now, most notably fatigue. Making babies is hard work! Remember to get at least eight hours of sleep and don’t be afraid to nap.

There is no shame in a little sleep. Be careful not to compensate your lack of energy by upping your caffeine intake; remember 300 mg a day is the maximum you can take.

How your life is changing:

If your pregnancy test is positive and you haven’t already done so, looking for a doctor now is a good idea.

When choosing a doctor, there are a lot of things to consider. The first thing you will want to do is sit down and think about the things that really matter to you.

Does sex matter in regards to your primary doctor? Do you want pain medication during your birth?

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, finding the doctor is much easier task. Keep in mind, sometimes we can’t have all our desires met.

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Few things are recommended when taking home pregnancy tests:

  • Test with your first urination of the day. Levels of HCG are highest at this point, making you the most likely to get an accurate result this early.
  • If you do get a negative result, wait until a few days after you should have had a period and re-test, or if you have already had a missed period just wait a few more days.
  • This is why buying a two to three pack pregnancy test is a good idea. A late yes is better than no. Besides if you have been trying to conceive and you’re not pregnant, you’ll likely need the extras anyway.
  • Even if the second test is negative, if you are experiencing symptoms and have missed a period, you should continue to take care of yourself as explained in week one.
  • If you miss a second period see a doctor. Any time after week four the gestational sack (explained later) will be visible through vaginal ultrasound. There are cases where women never receive a positive home test.


First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 5 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

Week five is a huge week for your new baby. Growth continues at an amazing rate as the neural tube appears and the heart, muscles and nervous system begin to form.

Chances are, by the end of this week your baby’s heart will even begin to pump! If you are able to get a doctor’s appointment, you will likely be able to hear this tiny thump-thump.

The neural tube will later become your babies brain and spinal cord, but right now your baby sort of resembles a tad pole because the tiny ball of cells, it had been previously, has now begun to stretch and become pear shaped.

Your baby is no bigger than a sesame seed, but would now be easily visible to the naked eye if you could look inside your uterus.

How your body is changing:

If they haven’t already begun to hurt week five can be a tough week for breasts. Many women begin to experience an increase in size and become very sore around this time.

You may want to begin wearing other comfortable but supportive options instead of regular bras. Remember, if you plan on purchasing new bras, that your breast growth has only just begun.

Many women increase upwards of two cup sizes before their pregnancy is complete, and change again once they begin to breast feed.

If you attempt to buy new bras every time you change cup sizes you will end up spending a great deal of money. Nursing bras are a good option during pregnancy because the open able flaps allow for swelling without cramping and the bras can be used later for nursing as well.

Purchasing a more complete stock is not recommended until after you’ve stopped lactating. It won’t be until this point that you can count on not being a different size next week.

In the meantime, just seek out comfortable options and try not to spend all your cute baby clothes buying money on bras that will never fit again.

Outside of the common early pregnancy symptoms already mentioned most women in their first pregnancies experience no weight gain or other physical changes at this point in their pregnancy.

As a side note however, women carrying twins or that are not on their first child tend to begin to put on more weight at this time. Some women end up needing maternity clothes by week five!

How your life is changing:

By now you know unquestionably if you are pregnant or not. Even if you have been trying to become pregnant for quite some time getting that definitive yes can be a big thing to swallow.

The mood swings caused by hormonal changes can make this emotional time twice as tiring. Remember to keep communication between you and your partner open.

Sometimes having someone to talk to is all you need and this also keeps your partner from feeling left out. Many men feel once their significant other becomes pregnant she will forget entirely about them. Even if this sounds silly, keep your man’s feelings in mind as well.

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Abnormal symptoms that may occur at this stage:

One in fifty pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy. This means that the fertilized egg implanted somewhere other than the uterus. Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy include:

  • Abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Frequent or irregular bleeding
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Shoulder pain when lying down. This is a sign of what’s called a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. For example the egg has implanted in the fallopian tube, grown, and burst the tube. Seek medical attention immediately.

If you experience any symptoms of ectopic pregnancy you should let a doctor know right away even if the pain has not become extreme enough for you to feel you need immediate attention. Especially if you are at risk for ectopic pregnancy, the risk factors for ectopic pregnancy are:

  • Previous ectopic pregnancy.
  • You’ve had surgery of your fallopian tubes
  • Your fallopian tubes have been damaged in the past in any way
  • You have been, or are being treated for infertility
  • You had or still have an IUD in place
  • You were taking progestin-only hormonal contraceptives when you got pregnant
  • Pregnancy at an older age
  • Women who smoke or douche regularly

Don’t worry if an ectopic pregnancy is suspected. This does not necessarily mean you will lose your baby as many of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can mean many other things. First your doctor will confirm the ectopic pregnancy in one of three ways.

  • Ultrasound.
  • A blood test to check your level of the pregnancy hormone HCG. An abnormally low amount for this stage could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Sometimes this can be the reasons for false negatives in home pregnancy tests.
  • Vaginal exam

If an ectopic pregnancy is found to be the cause of your symptoms depending on the size of the embryo at the point of discovery it will either be chemically aborted, or surgically removed.

In almost all cases, ectopic pregnancies are not allowed to proceed because the babies rarely survive and the risk to the mother is great.

Keep in mind that having an ectopic pregnancy in the past does not prevent you from becoming pregnant again though most doctors suggests waiting at least three months.

These months allow the tissue to properly heal if you’ve had a surgical removal and result in a lower chance of reoccurring ectopic pregnancy.

As with any pregnancy that ends in loss you may also want to seek counseling, or just give yourself and your partner time to grieve and get back into a healthy mindset for pregnancy.

Depression is common in women after failed pregnancies, and becoming pregnant again while depression lingers can be dangerous, because of this many couples wait even longer than three months to begin trying to conceive again.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 6 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

This week you baby reaches about the size of a lentil bean being 4-6 mm from crown to rump.

If you’ve never heard this form of measuring, crown to rump simply means from the top of the head to the bottom of the tiny baby butt. This type of measurement is used through-out the majority of your pregnancy.

The yolk sac supporting your baby is now completely finished and the heart is circulating blood at 100-1600 beats per minute through-out its roughly constructed form.

As of week six your tad-pole gains limb buds which will later become arms and legs, which is why referred as “roughly constructed form”. The eyes, nose and ears are now small black, incomplete dimples on the head which now also has a brain developing within it.

The umbilical cord has begun to form and the placenta is nearly complete. All of the major organs from intestines to lungs have slowly begun to take shape. Basically, a rough sketch of what we think of as a baby is within your uterus growing at an alarming rate.

How your body is changing:

Hormone levels usually peak in week six causing the worst pregnancy symptoms yet. If you get morning sickness, it will likely begin this week.

However, don’t be fooled by the name “Morning” sickness. It can hit at any time of the day, not necessarily during morning hours. Ways to alleviate the effects of morning sickness include:

  • Eat small frequent meals and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding an empty stomach
  • If you begin to feel nauseous try nibbling on crackers or cookies something that will help settle your stomach.
  • Avoid greasy, fried, acidic and spicy foods that may upset your stomach.
  • Avoid smells you discover trigger nausea. (Many women find certain foods or smells in particular set them off)
  • Ginger, whether it be Ginger Ale, ginger candies, etc. Ginger is any form is proven to settle the stomach.

Morning sickness normally fades out somewhere towards the end or middle of the second trimester (think at least six more weeks), no matter how hard it is remember to eat. Morning sickness is not a type of illness you “starve” away.

If you experience extreme morning sickness your health care provider may be able to prescribe you vitamin B6. For some reason this vitamin seems to ease the symptoms of morning sickness, though doctors have not the slightest clue why.

If you are prescribed vitamin B6 do not take more than the recommended dosage, too much can cause nerve damage, numbness and possibly birth defects. In proper dosages it has no harmful effects to your child, where as lack of nutrition does, so don’t be afraid to take it, just take it correctly.

If you haven’t felt the least bit nausea yet, you may not; some women never experience morning sickness. The symptoms of pregnancy vary not only from woman to woman, but from pregnancy to pregnancy.

How your life is changing:

Now would be a good time to decide when to tell friends, family, and co-workers (if applicable) about your pregnancy. Some couples chose to wait till later on when they begin to show, some couples blurt the word the moment a positive pregnancy tests graces their bathroom.

It’s a matter of preference, however, by week six many women begin gaining weight and the morning sickness can be a tell tale sign.

If you don’t wish to share you good news yet, a cover story should be thought up about now. Don’t be surprised if you get a few “Are you pregnant?” guesses here and now.

You may however want to decide when you will stop working if you do work and how you’ll handle your finances afterwards if this is an issue.

Some women work right up until they go into labor and others, having more severe pregnancy symptoms choose to resign or take leave. Sometimes your doctor will instruct you to no longer work; this depends strongly on the line of work you are in.

Your employer will also likely wish to know if you’ll return after the birth of your new baby.

Some families choose to put their babies into alternative care a few weeks after birth, while other mother’s choose to remain in the home. All of these decisions are important and should be considered early on.


First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 7 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

By this week your baby is 10,000 times bigger than the fertilized egg it began as, and can you believe, it is still only about the size of your average blue berry?

This week the tiny buds that began your babies arms, extend and divide into the upper arm, elbow, forearm, and you guessed it… paddles?

That’s right your babies hands are now present but because the fingers have not separated yet they resemble paddles more than hands. The legs begin to form as well though slightly slower than the arms.

The mouth and tongue begin to form this week and the eye’s iris gain pigmentation. This pigmentation will determine your baby’s eye color, though most babies are not born with the color they’ll end up having later in life.

Fair skinned babies tend to be born with blue to grey eyes and darker toned babies brown to black, but sometime after six months of age they can change to any of the wide range of shades we see in eyes today!

Fair skinned babies tend to be born with blue to grey eyes and darker toned babies brown to black, but sometime after six months of age they can change to any of the wide range of shades we see in eyes today!

The pancreas, appendix and liver are complete now and the liver begins turning out red blood cells until the bone marrow is complete to take over this job. The intestines extend into the newly finished umbilical cord and the transfer of nutrients, waste and blood cells through it begins.

How your body is changing:

By now those red blood cells your baby is turning out have begun to affect you as your blood volume has increased by a whole ten percent already. This causes most notably increased bathroom breaks. Sometimes it also can cause swelling and headaches.

Try to avoid long road trips without bathrooms. If it will be a while before the next bathroom is around you can ensure your bladder is empty when you do have a toilet by gently placing your hand over your bladder area and leaning forward.

Many women find fully emptying their bladder becomes more difficult the more pregnant they become. This trick can be very helpful.

If you are a victim of swelling try not to stand with your arms down for long periods of time. If you hands swell try holding them above your head a few moments, and if your feet swell kick them up, literally elevate your feet and the swelling will reduce.

Unfortunately no matter what you do, you’ll likely experience some swelling at some point. Watch your rings, this includes your wedding ring. There have been countless cases of women who hand to have them cut from their fingers.

If your fingers begin to become too big for your rings consider wearing them on a chain until after your pregnancy. Most women’s fingers return to normal or close to normal size after their labor.

What doesn’t return to normal? Some women report a change in shoe size from anywhere to one to two sizes that remains after they’ve had the baby!

On that note, you may want to invest in some comfortable shoes that breathe well not just because your feet may increase in size, but because you’ll simply be more comfortable. High heels and pregnancy do not mix.

The mucous plug also develops inside you this week. This plug blocks bacteria and infections from entering the cervix and harming your baby. You’ll lose this plug near the time of your labor in a normal pregnancy.

If you lose this plug early in your pregnancy it could be a sign of pre-term labor. The mucous plug will appear white or snot colored, jelly like in consistency and possibly tinged with blood. You should call your doctor if this occurs.

If this plug is followed by a clear, water like substance or blood it is possible you are in pre-term labor and your water has broke. Seek medical attention immediately. Sometimes it is possible to stop a pre-term labor.

How your life is changing:

Because your uterus has now doubled in size some couples begin to question whether sex is still safe as this point or soon after in their pregnancy. It’s important to communicate with your partner about this.

If sexual relations just stop, someone could be left feeling as if something is wrong. Be rest assured that sex during pregnancy is perfectly safe unless otherwise advised by a doctor and at this point even all your familiar positions will likely still be comfortable.

However later on, you may have to get creative due to abdomen size, blood constriction and just all around comfort.

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Many women do experience Braxton Hicks contractions during or after sex triggered by orgasm; however these contractions are not harmful and prepare the pelvic floor muscles for birth.

A Braxton Hicks contraction will be erratic go away over time, with position changes or rest, a real contraction will no go away over time, will be consistent and increase in severity.

You may also experience spotting after sex. This is not a concern unless it continues, is more than just spotting or contains fluid as if your water as broken.

If your contractions do not go away, become consistent, or your bleeding more than spotting as stated above you should seek medical attention you may be going into pre-term labor. Sex in a healthy pregnancy rarely, if ever causes pre-term labor.

There are a few reasons why your doctor may advise against sex during your pregnancy. Those reasons are as follows:

  • Placenta Previa. (Placenta covers or partially covers the cervix)
  • Infections.
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding.
  • Discharge of amniotic fluid or signs of pre-term birth or labor.
  • Cervix is opening too early (cervical incompetence)
  • You are otherwise at risk for preterm labor.

If you are aware you have any of the above stated conditions or symptoms and your doctors is not you should discuss them and the safety of sex with your doctor before continuing intercourse.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 8 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

Your baby’s paddles begin to look more like hands and feet as toes and fingers emerge though at this point they are still webbed. Ossification or hardening of the bones also begins in week eight and your baby’s tail nearly disappears.

All human babies originally have a tail extending off their tail bone, however as they grow in the womb it disappears.

Your baby is now about 8-11 mm or the size of a kidney bean and has developed reflexes which cause it to move and flex within you even if you cannot feel it.

The gonads are now becoming either testes or ovaries but you can’t see this yet either, even on an ultrasound. Sex organs won’t be visible by test until around the twentieth week, but it’s nice to know you soon will officially have either a girl or a boy.

That adorable baby girl or boys face is also almost fully formed with the nose, lips, teeth buds, tongue and nostrils finishing up this week.

How your body is changing:

Most women have gained some weight by now as your uterus is now about the size of an orange. Hormones continue to go crazy which could cause a few more lovely pregnancy side effects around this time. Acne, heart burn, darkening of the nipples, unwanted or new hair growth.

For the most part there is little you can do, keep your face clean for the acne. You’ll be happy to know almost all women find relief in the second trimester, which is quickly approaching for you, just a few more weeks away.

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What you can expect at your first pre-natal visit:

Your doctor will estimate your due date based on the first day of your last period, as well as measure the size of your uterus to confirm this date.

Next, your doctor will take a complete medical history to identify any risks to your baby. It’s a good idea to have an idea of any genetic disorders or illnesses on either side of your baby’s family.

If your partner does not attend your first pre-natal appointment be sure to ask him about his medical history.

Blood will be drawn to test for a wide variety of things such as sexual transmitted diseases, nutritional health (checking for low iron etc.), Rh status (positive or negative blood type), immunity to diseases, and genetic disorders that can be indentified through the blood (such as downs syndrome).

Some of these tests are optional and you will be asked whether you wish to have them. Your doctor will explain their purpose and risks if there are any. Usuall the only case in which you would choose to skip a test would be previous known testing from another recent pregnancy for example.

Next, a full pelvic examination, physical, breast examine and Pap smear will be done. This is not optional. Your pelvis will be measured to estimate the size of a baby that can safely pass through it.

Cells from your cervix will be tested for pre-cancerous cells and disease. Your over all health will be evaluated and any risk areas addressed and treated. Your urine will also be tested for infection and drugs.

After your physical is complete your doctor will use a special stethoscope called a Fetoscope is used to amplify your babies heart beat so you can hear it and your doctor can take its heart rate.

Sometimes a machine called a Doppler Instrument is also used which will send harmless sound waves at your babies heart which then bounce back and are interpreted and played for you and your doctor.

At eight weeks it is likely a Doppler instrument will be used, but past twenty weeks you’ll see the Fetoscope.

If you are at risk for pregnancy diabetes you will likely be given a blood glucose test at your first visit, if you are not at risk this test will come later in your pregnancy. This simple test requires fasting for twelve hours ahead of time so if you will have it, you will be told.

You’ll be given the opportunity to ask any questions and will be told many of the health habits of pregnancy already addressed here in earlier weeks.

Many doctors will also provide you with information pamphlets or books to read to help answer any questions you may have outside of your appointments.

Over all the entire first pre-natal appointment will likely take about an hour, possibly two. You’ll get your test results back in a week or two and have a follow up appointment in a about another month unless you are at a special risk and need a check-up sooner.

If you didn’t have an ultrasound this appointment, you’ll be back soon for that as well. The earlier an ultrasound is done the more accurate it is at determining due dates. This is because growth varies more widely in babies as they grow older.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 9 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

By this week your baby is about an inch long from crown to rump (think about the size of a grape, olive or raspberry) and weighs around as much as a paperclip (one gram). Its tail has entirely disappeared now and all of the vital organs have fully formed.

Elbows complete as bone ossification continues and cartilage begins to form. Your baby’s eyes are completed under sealed lids; mouth, lips and teeth buds are formed.

Your baby finally looks like a very tiny human being albeit with a large head curled over its too small body, and on top of that it is officially no longer considered an embryo, but a fetus.

By this time in his or her development if you touch the outside of your stomach he or she will move in response to your touch, though you won’t be able to feel it.

Its tail has entirely disappeared now and all of the vital organs have fully formed. Elbows complete as bone ossification continues and cartilage begins to form. Your baby’s eyes are completed under sealed lids; mouth, lips and teeth buds are formed.

Your baby finally looks like a very tiny human being albeit with a large head curled over its too small body, and on top of that it is officially no longer considered an embryo, but a fetus.

By this time in his or her development if you touch the outside of your stomach he or she will move in response to your touch, though you won’t be able to feel it.

How your body is changing:

You may begin to suffer from nose bleeds and nose stuffiness. These symptoms can hit any and all pregnant women and are caused by increased blood in the capillaries of the nose. They tend to be more severe in areas that are not humid or in the dry winter months.

You can help alleviate these symptoms by increasing the number of plants in your home. Plants also work to clean the air as well and can help with allergies. Many people underestimate the helpfulness of a simple house plant.

By now you should have missed your second period, no matter what your normal menstrual cycle is. Some times spotting or light bleeding occurs in the first few months of pregnancy around the time when you would be on your period.

This is normal. If the blood becomes bright red, and you experience extreme cramping however, you should contact your doctor if possible, or seek medical attention. These could be signs of miscarriage.

How your life is changing:

Some women begin to experience dizziness around week nine. This could be from the increased blood flow, fatigue, or even hormones, but regardless of what causes it, it can be dangerous.

If you are feeling rather dizzy these days it is a good idea to try to stay away from activities where fainting could be fatal, such as driving. Also try to hold on to rails while walking down stairs, etc.

Don’t worry this sense of dizziness usually fades within weeks for most women. Not all women escalate to actual fainting either, but the possibility is there.

Right beside dizziness we usually find shortness of breath. Though this symptom is more common later in pregnancy, it can occur early in pregnancy from a different source. Later in pregnancy shortness of breath is caused by the size of your baby crowding the lungs.

Early in pregnancy shortness of breath is caused by the bodies need for more oxygen. Certain hormones prompt the lungs to take in more air and breathing patterns change. This change can cause a feeling of shortness of breath.

This feeling is generally harmless unless you suffer from a breathing disorder already, such as asthma. If so you should discuss this with your doctor.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, keeping good posture will help. Don’t be too proud to take a rest every now and then either.

If you didn’t have it at your last appointment, you’ll probably be having an ultrasound this week or very soon.

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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic test used to create visual images of your darling baby using sound waves. There are two methods of ultrasound testing that are generally used, trans-vaginal and trans-abdominal.

A vaginal ultrasound is usually done if for some reason you need a very early ultrasound. For example your experiencing odd bleeding in week five and the cause can’t be determined. For this type of ultrasound a specially designed probe is inserted in the vagina.

Most ultrasounds are done on the abdomen however. You will be asked to lay on your back on a padded medical table. Your abdomen will be uncovered (you generally do not have to undress) and a warm gel will be placed on you.

Your doctor will then slide a transducer which looks sort of like a telephone across your abdomen and poof you’ll see your baby on a cute little screen.

On top of getting to finally see the fruits of your labor your doctor will measure the baby to determine a more accurate due date, check that the baby is healthy and developing correctly, check the position of your placenta, check the amount of amniotic fluid and confirm the number of babies.

You may have heard rumor that ultrasounds cause all sorts of negative things like low birth weight, impaired hearing, and speech problems.

It’s even been suggested that excessive ultrasounds can lead to left handed-ness! All of these claims have yet to be proven and all the studies that have been done, show ultrasounds to be entirely harmless.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 10 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

By week ten all of your baby’s major systems are formed including its circulatory, nervous, reproductive and digestive systems. The liver has taken over the work of the yolk sac, which is now slowly disappearing.

The webbing between the baby’s tiny fingers and toes has vanished as well and joints have completed, which means it can now bend and flex its fully formed arms and legs.

This week your baby also begins swallowing amniotic fluid and urinating. Even though your baby is just a little over an inch long and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce it in essence is a tiny complete human.

All that’s left now is rapid weight gain, growth and some fine tuning and re-proportioning (Your baby still has quite the bulging forehead to fit all that new brain matter). The placenta has also almost fully formed which will have an added perk we’ll get to in just a moment.

How your body is changing:

By this time your uterus is nearly three times the size it was before you became pregnant which is about the size of a grapefruit or soft ball. Most women, at least those pregnant with their first child, are just now actually seeing their weight gain.

Pants may no longer be able to be zipped, tight clothing feels uncomfortable and your waist line is disappearing. It’s a good idea to not invest in maternity clothes at this point, but simply loose clothing.

Also due to that increased blood volume in the body, your veins will become far more visible. If your veins are close to the surface to begin with you may be able to see almost all of them in a winding blue spider web across your chest and shoulders most prominently.

For the most part these may look odd to you, but their harmless and go away after you’ve have the baby. However sometimes women will develop varicose veins during pregnancy.

These are veins that bulge and puff out near the surface of the skin that tend to itch and hurt. Rarely varicose veins can lead to blood clots. Varicose veins usually improve after the birth, but don’t always go away.

So you’re getting fat and covered in veins, guess what else? The placenta mentioned earlier, is beginning to take over hormone production for you new baby.

What that means for you? Chances are some of the lovely symptoms those hormones have reeked upon you will begin to diminish in the coming weeks. It’s all up hill from here…minus one little thing, constipation.

Most experts seem to agree that constipation in early pregnancy is indeed caused by hormones, so why this “fun little pregnancy joy” hits around week ten as hormones begin to decrease, is difficult to understand.

Either way, hormones affect the muscles in bowels causing constipation which could end up plaguing through-out your entire pregnancy, though not all women experience this symptom. Put quite simply, no pregnancy is exactly alike; it is just to give an idea of what awaits you every week.

How your life is changing:

If you are suffering from constipation, there are some small life changes you can enact to reduce and possibly eliminate the problem.

  • Drink plenty of water, six to eight glasses to be exact. On top of being important to your health and amniotic fluid production for your baby, proper fluid intake will do wonders for constipation.
  • Eat plenty of Fiber. A balanced diet is important in more ways than one during pregnancy. Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains will help relieve digestive system aliments.
  • Cut iron. If your pre-natal pill has extra iron, it could be culprit. Be sure to ask your doctor to be sure you iron levels are healthy before you do this however, constipation is better than anemia.
  • Exercise regularly. When your belly is bloated and painful, who wants to exercise? But even getting up and walking will help stimulate bowel movement.

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You can reduce your risk of getting varicose veins in a few ways.

  • Strive to keep your weight gain healthy. Some women view pregnancy as an excuse to eat everything and anything and they forget, not all the weight they are gaining is just “baby fat” so to speak.
  • Exercise regularly. This one keep coming up doesn’t it? Regular exercise will improve circulation.
  • Try to sit or sleep with your legs elevated. Don’t sit cross legged or sitting on your legs.
  • Sleep or lay on your left side, this takes pressure off the inferior vena cava (large vein in your right side) and improves circulation to the lower half of your body.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 11 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

Some fine details such as hair follicles and taste buds appear this week. The nasal cavities finish forming and open to complete the perfect nose. This means you baby will experience her first smells and tastes of life, not that there is that much to smell and taste in the womb.

His or her ears are nearly fully formed and are beginning to move into the proper position at the sides of his or her head. There is in fact plenty to hear in the womb though your baby can’t hear it just yet!

Tiny fists are now fully functional and your baby will be testing them out experiencing the feeling of his or her own touch. Many babies even can be caught on ultrasounds thumb sucking already at eleven weeks!

Your baby is about an inch and a half long, which is roughly the size of a fig and weighs approximately five to six grams. It is so tiny now it could stand on one of your fingers! Don’t worry though, your bundle of love won’t be small for long he or she will double in size by the end of the week.

How your body is changing:

You are likely feeling far better! Your nausea has vanished, your energy has reappeared and you feel human again, and it’s ok to act human. The belief that pregnant women are breakable, fragile and should do nothing all day long but day dream about their baby is not true.

You can continue to jog, swim, cook, clean, work, play, what ever you want as long as you feel comfortable doing so. However sometimes problems occur, there are some symptoms during pregnancy that should never be ignored.

You can find a list of these below in “when to call a doctor”. Overall, you know when something is not quite right with your body better than any one else. As long as what you’re doing doesn’t make you feel that way, it is probably okay.

On the down side you may begin to experience cramps in your legs. These cramps should go away with movement or stretches and if they don’t you should contact your doctor. Normally leg cramps that do go away are caused by the interplay of calcium and potassium in your diet.

While these cramps can be painful there are ways to reduce their occurrence and soothe them when they do. If you up your intake of foods high in potassium such as bananas you will experience far less of these cramps.

To soothe cramps stretch your toes to the ceiling and press your heel against the wall, this will stretch the tendons that knot up during a leg cramp and generally it will go away. You can also try just walking around a bit, though this can be painful.

How your life is changing:

Many women begin to feel smothered around week eleven or at some point during their pregnancy. Being pregnant puts all eyes on you. People want to touch you belly and know how things are going.

They pester constantly. All the extra attention added to the pressure of making another life and the fluctuating hormones and emotions can make you just want to crawl in a hole and hide, and if that’s what makes you feel good, do it.

Be sure to keep up on “me” time through out your pregnancy. Stress is proven to lead to lower birth weights in babies’ so being selfless and staying stressed is not helping you or your baby one bit.

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When should you call a doctor:

In the occurrence of any of the following at any time during any activity you should call your doctor.

  • Burning or pain while urinating.
  • A decrease in fetal activity. This is not applicable at this stage since you may not have started feeling the fetal activity yet. If your baby normally kicks up a storm all day (and it likely will) and then suddenly it stops for and extended amount of time.
  • Your doctor will teach you to count and monitor fetal kicks later on.
  • Spotting and vaginal bleeding. Sometimes this can be nothing at all, and some times it can be a big something, better safe than sorry.
  • Though early in pregnancy this is less likely to be a problem, keep in mind you are now almost one third of the way through your pregnancy. Time flies.
  • Severe vomiting with or without a fever that doesn’t go away.
  • Extreme pain or tenderness in the abdomen.
  • Change in vaginal discharge to watery, mucous like or bloody, even just tinged with blood. (Except after thirty seven weeks this is a sign that you’ll be in labor soon, and you should be at that point)
  • Chills or fever with a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit that won’t come down when treated.
  • Pelvic pressure or an urge to bear down, especially if accompanied by contractions less than four minutes apart
  • Abnormal Visual disturbances with or without headache including spots, flashes, blurry places (unless you’re vision is already bad), floaters, dimming and double vision.
  • Slurred speech or difficulty forming simple sentences.
  • Difficulty breathing, chest pain or you are coughing up blood.
  • Sudden swelling of the body or areas of the body, most notably the face and eyes

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 12 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

This week is all about the brains. Well, for your baby that is right around week twelve, a massive number of nerve cells begin to form and fill the head. Currently you baby’s head makes up one third of his or her body size.

That head at least looks fairly normal now. The ears are properly located on the sides of the head and the eyes have nearly settled in their proper place, (they start at the sides as well).

Over all it is an adorable, though eye lash and eye brow-less face. (Your baby won’t develop eyelashes and eye brows for quite some time) As this brain development continues your baby will develop reflexes in the womb.

For example he or she will startle at loud sounds and move away when touched or exposed to loud sounds or bright lights. He or She is now around two inches long (think size of a lime) and weighs about half an ounce.

This week your baby’s intestines which grew so fast that they found themselves up in the umbilical cord, move back into your baby’s body where they belong.

The external genitalia have also become visible. Then it’s just a matter of getting him or her to sit still and show the goods. Other than that just more weight gain, growth and fine tuning going on.

How your body is changing:

Your doctor can now feel your uterus above your pelvic bone. This measure meant is far more important than how much weight you gain in pounds, so don’t feel bad if you don’t measure up to someone else’s pregnant belly, or you dwarf theirs.

You should have the distinct baby “bump” in your abdomen now, a perfect little basket ball of love even if it’s a small one.

Another reason, the second trimester of your pregnancy is so much easier than the first and third… the uterus begins to move up in the abdomen which can relieve pressure on the bladder and lead to less frequent potty breaks.

This will return in the third trimester, or last thirteen weeks or so of your pregnancy, but for now at least relief, that doesn’t come in porcelain form.

As a note, less doesn’t mean just as much as before you were pregnant you still have increased fluid intake and hormones working against your bladder.

The growth of your uterus may take pressure off your bladder, but it will put pressure on the tissue that holds your uterus in place. You may experience side pains in the coming weeks.

They will feel as if you’ve run far too long, so most of your sides ache. As a rule, if it doesn’t go away or the pain is severe, call your doctor. It could be something besides strained tissue.

Some women develop a dark line running down their abdomen in the second trimester. (Which you will begin next week, congrats!) This line is called the linea nigra and it’s caused by naturally, hormones.

It will go away after the baby is born. You may also develop dark splotches on your neck and face, this called the “mask of pregnancy” and again it will go away. Not all women get both, or either of these symptoms like most pregnancy woes and joys, it is just the luck of the draw.

How your life is changing:

Now that you have completed you first trimester your risk of miscarriage drops dramatically, which in itself for sure is a relief. It is now below 5%! This also makes the best time to tell friends, family and co-workers about your pregnancy.

Most women choose to wait this long because sharing the joy of getting pregnant is fun, but sharing the grief of a loss of one can be uncomfortable.

It is a great time to be socializing. You look beautiful so much so you’re glowing! Ah, finally a perk of pregnancy.

The same increased blood flow that plagues pregnant women with nose bleeds, swelling, head aches and all sorts of other wonderful things also makes skin beautiful no more pepperoni face! The hormones settle letting your acne give way to oxygenated, firm, glowing skin.

The growing belly, the act of spreading the good news as the second trimester begins, many women begin to really realize they are in fact pregnant.

Not in a physical way, the pregnancy test revealed that, but in a psychological way. It finally hits home, “I’m making a life. I’m a mother. My life will never be the same ever again.” It’s an overwhelming sort of joy, be sure to share it with you partner.

He may not be carrying this baby but he is having it. It is very important to keep your mate active in your pregnancy so he does not feel pushed out by the new baby. Relationships grow stronger with every new experience as long as you experience it together.

Another experience you can do together? Look into pregnancy classes. These courses will help teach you and your partner what to expect during your labor, and after.

Pregnancy is something, nothing can prepare you for, but every little bit helps. You’ll learn every thing from breathing techniques to manage pain during your labor, to how to properly fasten a car seat.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week : 13 Weeks Pregnant

How your baby is growing:

Finger prints, sound and fur this week. I mean to say your baby develops the unique finger prints it will have all its life, vocal cords though it won’t be able to make sound until birth, and Lanugo a soft layer of peach fuzz all over his or her body.

Lanugo acts to help regulate body temperature and will likely still be present at birth. Don’t worry this covering disappears as your baby ages. Your baby is now around three inches long and its body has caught up to its head a bit.

A head which is now supported by a neck which has developed so his or her chin no longer rests on their chest. The intestines which began their voyage into the abdomen last week land today and begin to coil into the folds and produce the villi we all have inside of us.

Villi are tiny hair like projections on the inside of our intestines that move food throughout our digestive tracks. Speaking of food, your tiny ones twenty teeth are now fully formed under the surface ready to sprout and chew.

Some babies are even born with two to three teeth broken through to the surface already while others begin teething sometime between three months and a year old.

The placenta has now fully formed. Also keep in mind that the later in your pregnancy you become the more the weight and length of your baby may vary. The measurements and weights given from week to week here are averages.

How your body is changing:

Your breasts may begin to get even larger and feel tenderer around now as they prepare further for the future feeding of your baby. You may even experience leaking of a clear, white fluid.

This fluid is normal, it is called Colostrum an ultra nutritious pre-milk that will last until a week or so after your baby’s birth.

Colostrum helps pass your immunities to your baby through antibodies as well as provides a rich nutritious diet to ensure proper bounce back from post-labor weight loss. (Most babies’ lose weight after birth and gain it back in the first month).

For the majority of women this leaking is very light if at all at first, however if it does become an issue and easy fix it to either purchase breast feeding pads, or you can just stick some thin panty liners in your bra, it works just as well, costs a lot less.

As a note this becomes more common the closer you get to your labor.

As your belly grows you may begin to worry about getting stretch marks. Unfortunately stretch marks are primarily affected by genetics.

Creams such as cocoa butter may help reduce their intensity by improving the health and elasticity of the skin, but if you’re going to get stretch marks you’re going to get them, blame your parents.

No cream is going to stop it. Just try to keep your weight gain at a healthy rate and hope for the best. If it makes you feel any better stretch marks do fade to an almost invisible white over time.

There is no shame in the “battle scars” of pregnancy as some women call them; almost every woman who has had children has them. You most certainly are wasting money on expensive creams that claim to stop stretch marks or erase them completely.

How your life is changing:

The biggest change that often hits around week thirteen as far as life style goes is an increased sex drive. Most experts think this effect is actually psychological rather than physical.

For months you’ve felt awful (most of you) from the hormonal back-lash of pregnancy and (again, most of you) are now feeling much better, this causes a natural return of the desire to get busy.

I remind that as we’ve mentioned already sex during pregnancy is perfectly safe in every way shape and form.

You may even find it more enjoyable during the second trimester because you have not become so large it’s uncomfortable but the increased blood flow to your vagina makes sensations more enhanced. A select few women find this increased sensitivity as a turn off and find it painful.

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Things that you can get started with this week: Start looking into pediatricians unless your doctor has already arranged for one, which is true in most cases.

I know, it sounds so early, but choosing a pediatrician to check the baby out immediately after birth and for health check-ups there after is a big decision.

This person will evaluate your baby’s health, do any medical procedures it needs or you want immediately after birth (circumcision for example), and you’ll be seeing them a lot in the first few months.

-Thanks a lot for reading my article – First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week. Hopefully read and enjoy. Have a good day!
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