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Symptoms you may experience during the first trimester

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Being pregnant can be rough, especially in the beginning. During your first trimester, you're going to experience all kinds of things, though we want you to be prepared, not scared. None of them are anything that bad, and some people don't even know their pregnant during their first trimester!

Morning sickness is one of the most common first trimester symptoms. Approximately 85% of pregnant women will experience some sort of nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately it's not just in the morning either. No one really knows what causes morning sickness, though some  believe it may be related to the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin. The more of it that's in your system, the more nauseous you become. One good thing to having morning sickness, is that some physicians believe the more queezy you are, the less chances of miscarrying or premature delivery. See, there's a bright side to it! :)

You can help minimize morning sickness by trying some of these remedies:

  • Eat mini-meals throughout the day. Eating frequent small meals will help to ease digestion and keep your tummy filled. As you're probably aware, being nauseous on an empty stomach is generally worse than being queezy on a full stomach. 
  • Eat bland foods. While you may crave a big fat juicy hamburger, chances are it's going to upset your stomach.
  • Ginger is a great natural soother for upset stomachs. You can put freshly grated ginger in your tea (make sure it's decaf).
  • B6 supplements will help your stomach empty faster. Check with your doctor first, on how much you should take. 

Food cravings and aversions

You're going to crave some of the craziest stuff! In addition, some of your once favorite foods may soon become your arch nemesis! It's not uncommon to be repelled by certain foods, and crave other foods you generally wouldn't find appetizing. Always remember to eat healthy, and never over indulge. 

You're nose will be more sensitive than that beagle down the street

Well, not really, but your sense of smell will certainly become heightened! Many women report that their sense of smell drastically increases. Some believe this is to help them stay away from foods that may have high bacteria, or natural toxin. The heightened sense of smell will diminish as the months go on. 

You may become more tired

It's not uncommon to be feel tired all day. Remember, you're making a human being! It takes a lot of energy to do that, and much of your energy will be focused on the baby. Make sure you get your blood tested to ensure you have everything your body needs. Sometimes iron (and other) supplements will be required. 

Even though your tired, it's important to stay active. Go for short walk, or do some light stretching. Take prenatal vitamins. Sleep when you can; try to go to bed earlier and get up later. If you work, take a quick nap at your desk. 

Frequent urination is very common. There is an increase of pressure on your bladder, so you may find yourself having to use the restroom more often. This is normal, as your bladder never really empties when pregnant. Do not cut back on your liquids, staying hydrated is very important! While inconvenient, drink a lot. Stop drinking caffeine if possible. 

Sometimes acne can occur, and you'll feel like a teenager all over again. To help with this, use an oil-free moisturizer, and don't scrub or over wash your face. It'll go away soon...

Some woman report shortness of breath. There is a lot of extra blood inside of you which requires more oxygen then usual, so this is normal. Take long slow deep breaths when you feel shortness of breath come on.

Headaches are unfortunately not uncommon. They are usually caused by low blood sugar, so be sure to eat well. If you get migraines, talk to your doctor. Generally, acetaminophen is considered safe for pregnant woman, however it's always best to consult your doctor first.

Dry eyes or changing vision may occur due to the increased blood circulation. You can try eye drops to help lubricate your eyes if needed.

Your breasts will swell, as they are preparing for milk delivery! You may want to buy larger bras; buy the kind designed for breast feeding if possible. 

Libido may increase or decrease dramatically. Every woman is different. If you detect a change in either direction, it's normal. 

You'll be on an emotional roller coaster, and it's fine. Just be sure to get plenty of sleep, and go for walks outside. See nature, don't stay inside as it may depress you. 

Good luck during your first trimester!

Edited by Kelly

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