The pickles and fortune cookies should have tipped me off, or perhaps the uncontrollable urge to cover everything in mustard and then immediately binge on chocolate. You would think the fact that my bras didn’t fit and spells of tiredness would surely have hinted at what was clearly happening. And if that wasn’t enough, what about the fact that I always had to use the bathroom?
For all of you moms out there, you could tell me exactly what was happening. I was totally and completely pregnant. Obviously, it didn’t take me too much longer to figure that out, nonetheless I still had no idea what to expect.
I found myself feeling a little nauseous, a little tired, and a whole lot of hungry. Searching for answers, I turned to moms. My mom, cousins, aunts, neighbors, friends, and basically any pregnant woman I saw out in public became my guide.
With the advice and support from all these lovely ladies, my terrific OB/GYN, and of course, the Internet, I came to the conclusion that I needed to expect the unexpected. What was happening to me may or may not have affected other women. The truth is that pregnancy is different for every woman and while some are absolutely glowing the entire nine months, others may unfortunately spend a lot of time in the bathroom.
The first trimester brings with it a lot of quick and sudden changes, especially if it’s your first first trimester, but for the most part here’s what to expect in those initial three months:
- Your Body
- Morning Sickness (bouts of nausea)
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Increased urination
- Food cravings or aversions
- Bleeding/ spotting
- Weight gain
- Your Emotions
- Mood swings
- Sex drive or lack thereof
- Your Baby
- Organs take shape
- Movement begins ( around Week 8 )
- Hair follicles and nail beds form
- Formation of muscles
- Development of vocal cords
- Your Doctor Visit (your first visit may well be the longest as your complete medical history is covered and a thorough physical exam is performed)
- Pap smear
- Blood work to look for chromosomal abnormalities
- hCG levels
- Discussion of prenatal vitamins and diet
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