The First Trimester (Weeks 1 to 12)

The first trimester (weeks 1 to 12)Common signs of early pregnancy:

nausea, tender nipples and breasts, bloating of the abdomen, fatigue and frequent urination.

  • The first trimester is a time of rapid development for your baby because you baby is growing so quickly, it is important that you start a healthy lifestyle right away.

————1st Month———

What happens to mom? Your breasts are tender and full. You may notice light spotting as the embryo implants itself in your uterus.

What Happens to baby? The placenta (the organ that nourishes your baby) link begins to form. The heart and the lungs begin to develop. The baby technically, still an embryo is about ¼ inch long by the end of the month 1. That’s about as long as a grain of rice.

————–2nd Month————

What happens to mom? Your clothes may start to feel uncomfortable because your waist, legs, and breasts are bigger at this time. You may notice a tingling or soreness in your breasts and darkening of the areola (skin around the nipple). Your obstetrician will notice that your uterus has enlarged. You may note some cramping or pain in your lower abdomen or sides.

What happens to baby? All of your baby’s organs are forming. The heart has divided into right and left chambers. A face, fingers, toes, ears and eyes appear. Veins are clearly visible. At the end of the second month, you baby is about 1 to 2 inches long.

————–3rd Month—————-

What happens to mom? Your uterus is continuing to grow but your pregnancy may not be noticeable. You may notice skin color changes in forehead, nose and cheeks. A dark line may form from your bellybutton down to your pubic area. Pink stretch marks may appear on your abdomen, breasts or hips. You may seem thicker. You lose less hair during pregnancy.
Typical weight gain: 3- 5 pounds

What happens to baby? Your baby is fully formed, and can open and close its fists and mouth. Although you may not feel it, your baby may already be kicking in your womb. The sexual organ begins to form. At the end of month 3, your baby is about 4 inches long.

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