If you’re expecting for the first time, your mind might be whirling with questions and expectations. And it’s totally normal because there’s a lot to take in. Your life is about to change in more than just one way. But before you make it to the final stages of pregnancy; you have to get through the first trimester. Here are five things to know about the first trimester.
Top things to know about the 1st trimester
Mood swings will be an issue
You might feel weepy, frustrated, angry, and even excessively happy during the course of the first trimester of pregnancy. These mood swings are due to hormonal changes in your body. The reason why you might be feeling a little crazy is because it’s hard for your body to adapt to all of these changes so quickly.
You’ll get constipated
Bowel activity will become a normal topic throughout the duration of your pregnancy. The reason for this is because pregnant women often have issues with their bowel movements. The real problems actually start around the 2nd trimester, but it’s not uncommon during the first trimester.
Morning sickness could become your new best friend
Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of the first trimester. Roughly 85% of women experience morning sickness during the 1st trimester. It can also happen during any time of the day, not just in the AM. This is just another side-effect of all the hormonal challenges your body will go through during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.
Fatigue will surprise you, often
Tiredness and fatigue are perfectly normal during the initial stages of pregnancy. No matter how much you sleep, it might still surprise you during the day. You might have a hard time feeling like you’re well-rested. Your body is working hard to accommodate the growing baby inside your uterus, so it uses A LOT of energy. Your hormones are working super hard, and the uterus is rapidly expanding, which all causes a momma to feel exhausted.
Your doctor could be wrong about your due date
During your first prenatal appointment, you might be shocked by what the computer estimates your due date to be. Although it’s normal to calculate a due date by adding 40 weeks to the last menstrual cycle, it’s not always that easy. The best and most accurate way to estimate a due date is with the help of an ultrasound. Ultrasounds measure the baby’s head circumference and the size of the uterus. This gives a pretty accurate indication of the due date.