What is My Body Doing in the First Trimester?

What is My Body Doing in the First Trimester?


What is my body doing in the first trimester? Prepping to handle a growing load. The baby has already grown from a clump of
cells to several inches long. The child at the end of the first trimester
is about four inches long. The next few months is mostly growth, with some finishing touches. Ears moving to their final position, lungs
growing surfactant, organs kicking in, growing finger nails and hair are not all finishing
touches. But I can get updates on the baby each week, but no one says what is going on
with me. You’ll sometimes see the uterus start extending
past the pubic bone at the end of the first trimester, though if it is your first baby
or you’re really fit, it may be the fourth or fifth month. Everybody shows by the fifth month. Everyone gets bigger breasts by the end of
the first trimester if it is your first child. If you have already had a child, then you’ll
see them swell larger in the third trimester so you can nurse. I’m months away from that. Your body is still prepping for that like
releasing hormones to relax tendons so the uterus can grow with the baby. That causes my digestive tract to relax, too,
causing more gas and constipation. The constipation can be caused by your dehydration
too, though the solution regardless of the cause is more water and fiber. As if I need to get even more exercise going
to and from the bathroom. You shouldn’t eat for two, but you should
drink enough water for two, and yes, you’ll be peeing a lot. At least I’ve stopped throwing up. At the end of the first trimester, women start
what is often called the golden trimester, as the fatigue caused by a body trying to
make lots of blood cells eases but you aren’t yet carrying an extra thirty pounds. I think you’re only supposed to gain five
pounds by now. Your body probably has an extra liter of blood
by the end of the next few weeks, and it will eventually be joined by an extra layer of
fat. I’ve heard that it all goes to your feet. Right now, water retention tends to swell
the ankles. However, the hormones to relax the tendons often causes your shoe size to
go up. I’ve already got maternity clothes, though
no one said I needed to go shoe shopping. But I don’t want shoes I’ll only wear a couple
months. The larger shoe size is often permanent, even
if you lose any wait you gained. What else goes on? Remember to get enough iron and calcium, because
your body is building blood and bones for the baby and will leave you weak if you don’t
get enough of those nutrients. I’m taking prenatal vitamins. Mood swings are common at this phase. We’re past the anxiety of whether I’m pregnant
and elation that I am. There are other mood swings the hormones can
kick in, but if anything is really extreme, talk to your doctor. As with anything else that makes you worry.

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