First Trimester

Having a healthy baby begins with a healthy pregnancy. At your first visit we will take a medical history, figure out your due date, give you a physical exam and perform some tests.  If you have any questions about tests you need, miscarriage, vitamins, sex, travel, exercise or nutrition be sure to ask your doctor.

Pregnancy is divided into thirds or 3 trimesters

During the first trimester (1-3 months or 1-12 weeks)

  • you may notice you need to urinate more often,
  • your breasts become fuller and the area around your nipples becomes darker, your breasts may become tender
  • You may feel tired easily and may have morning sickness or nausea or vomiting may happen any time during the day.
  • Sometimes you may have constipation & indigestion as your intestines try to absorb more nutrients and water.
  • Cramping and pelvic pressure may feel like menstrual cramps, if the pain is moderate to severe, call us.

Meanwhile your baby will experience incredible growth and development.  At 6 weeks the baby has a beating heart, eyes, limb buds and is ½ inch long. By 8 weeks little webbed fingers and toes will have formed. All of the body’s organ systems are developing. By 12 weeks the fingers and toes have separated and genitals appeared. The baby is 3 ½ inches long.

Things you can do:

  • Take your vitamin every day unless you are nauseated or take at night.
  • Eat small frequent meals, try to eat a balanced diet. Even if you are not hungry eat small bits every few hours.
  • Eat dry crackers before getting out of bed, wait 10 minutes then move slowly.
  • For nausea try ginger ale, ginger cookies, popsicles Vitamin B-6 50 mg. 2 times a day. Mix water and juice & take small sips.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Try to rest as much as possible; it takes a lot of energy to make a baby.
  • Try to exercise a little by walking at a relaxed pace.

Call us if:

  • You have bleeding or severe abdominal pain,
  • You have vomiting or diarrhea for more than 12 hours
  • You have a severe headache