A Mom’s Guide to Their First Trimester
Pregnancy is an incredible journey but it is also fraught with many challenges as well. It usually divided into three semesters and each one is always important in the development of your baby.
When you are pregnant, you will feel a surge of different emotions. In fact, mood swings are rampant in the next nine months so your husband should be doing all of the heavy stuff, including the installation of a baby car seat.
In today’s article, I will go over some useful tips on how you can go through your first trimester with relative ease.
What Happens During This Time?
The first trimester begins from the first week of pregnancy until 13 weeks. This is where the foundations begin to set. The zygote forms when the fertilized egg comes in contact with a sperm cell and then the resulting embryo reaches and implants itself in the uterine wall.
Once that process is finished, your baby’s limbs will start to form. Organs will start taking shape and after a few weeks, your baby will start its first movements.
Here are some of the things that you can expect during this time:
Hair and Nails
During the 5 th week, your baby’s skin starts to form, along with some hair follicles. Nail beds will start to show around the 11 th week.
Bone Growth and Formation
When you reach 6 weeks in, your baby will start to build its bone foundation. This means that their legs, arms, feet, and hands will start to show and move around week 10.
Around week 8, your baby’s digestive system will start to form. They will start growing a pair of kidneys during this time and their intestines will start to take its place as well.
Starting week 5, your baby’s heart starts to form and make its first beats. As the weeks go by, your baby’s heartbeat grows stronger and stronger. By week 9 or 10, you should be able to hear it.
About 8 or 9 weeks, your baby’s brain will start to function and its first order of business would be to wiggle their growing limbs.
By week 8, your baby’s sense of sight will start to form. By week 8, their retina will start to grow as well.
Your baby’s touch receptors will start to form around week 8 and will continue down to their genitals by week 12.
Also during week 8, your baby’s sense of taste will start to develop as well.
Your body will experience a lot of physiological changes during your entire pregnancy, so expect to experience some symptoms associated with this. You may feel some morning sickness about 6 weeks in. You will notice that your breasts become more tender during the aforementioned time and your mood swings will become more frequent come week 7 onwards.
Keep in mind that during pregnancy, you are going to gain some weight. You may also feel feverish during this time, but do not worry. As long as you follow your doctor’s orders, everything will be fine.