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December 1, 2017

PREGNANCY: FIRST TRIMESTER pt. 1

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  In today's post we'll be talking about pregnancy, to be precise, about the first weeks of the first trimester. A full-term pregnancy is tipically 40 weeks long. It may also be 37-42 weeks long. A full-term pregnancy is divided into three trimesters each lasting 12-14 weeks. During these trimesters women experience different physiological and hormonal changes. So, it's good to know various effects of pregnancy, so you can know what to expect and what to do. As I said above, today's subject is the first trimester. It's the period from 0 to 13 weeks of pregnancy. In today's post we'll be talking about first 6 weeks, and in the next post we'll discuss the rest.

WEEK 1: You're actually not pregnant yet - the clock starts ticking from the first day of your last period. Here are some things you should do. You should start with taking a daily prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid; this B vitamin has been shown to help prevent neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida. Also, you should quit bad or unhealthy hapits, such as smoking. 

WEEK 2: Ovulation occurs, and it's the best chance to get pregnant. In this period you should start moving more.  It's recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of pregnancy.

WEEK 3: You may be pregnant but probably won't have any symptoms. You should avoid taking any medications, without consulting with your doctor. Avoid all products containing vitamin A. Drink more water, eat more fruits, and vegetables.

WEEK 4: At this time, the test comes back positive, you're pregnant! You may start feeling bloated, moody, tired. You may exeperience sore breasts, nausea/vomiting, and freequent need to pee. It's all normal, don't worry! Here are some things you should do. Get bras that offer extra support for instances when the breasts enlarge. Avoid chemical substances and smokers. Your baby is the size of a little raspberry seed at this stage. 

WEEK 5:  When 5 weeks pregnant, vital organs of your baby start forming. Concerning symptoms, breasts can be sore, you may start vomiting, due to enlarged kidneys you'll urinate more often. Some pregnant women say they experience the "pregnancy brain", you may have a sort of amnesia, forget about things, so it's recommended to make a list of things you should do, so you can function easier. Click here for more info on this issue. 

WEEK 6: During this week you'll feal fatigue, have morning sickness, mood swings and sore breasts. If you think you're pregnant and are not taking a supplement, don't wait until your first appointment for a prescription because you will have missed this critical developmental period. Start taking an over-the-counter folic acid supplement with 600 micrograms (mcg) right away.


That's all for today! I hope you find this article helpful. In the next one we'll discuss the rest of the weeks of the first trimester, and further we'll talk about the second, and the third trimester.

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