First Trimester

It’s positive… you are pregnant! But unable to believe that you are?. Your pregnancy test has confirmed that there is a life growing inside you. Most women cannot feel a thing during those earliest days of pregnancy, but there are others who swear they knew it all along.

You may be filled with curiosity, myths and doubts about what exactly is happening inside you – especially when it’s too early, for any of the pregnancy symptoms to show up. Here’s what is happening inside your body as your baby takes shape.

Maybe it’s just a week since you found out that you are pregnant, but there’s already a lot happening inside you. The fertilized egg travels to the uterus over seven to ten days, where it settles into the endometrial lining. It divides into two parts, one becoming the placenta and the other, the embryo. Though it’s just two weeks since you conceived, your pregnancy is calculated as four weeks, as pregnancy calculation usually begins from the start of your last menstrual period.

Your embryo measures a mere two millimeters at 5 weeks, but every organ is already under development. Even facial features such as eyes and ears begin to form and leg and arm buds begin to sprout.

You could be experiencing nausea and vomiting at any time of the day as “Morning Sickness” strikes at around six weeks. This is actually due to the higher levels of pregnancy hormones and the rapid expansion of the uterus. Dizziness, irritability due to fatigue and headaches are also common symptoms during these first few weeks, but will vanish at the start of your next trimester.

A healthy first trimester is crucial to the normal development of the fetus. It is during this first trimester that the fetus is most susceptible to damage from substances such as alcohol, drugs, certain medications, and illnesses such as rubella (German measles).

As your baby is growing and changing every day, it is important that you take good care of yourself during the first trimester.

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