First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms – What to Expect

The first trimester of pregnancy is far from easy. This is when your body is first adapting – hormonal changes will affect nearly every single part of your body. With numerous changes under way, you may quickly become overwhelmed.

Knowing what to expect is the key to managing your expectations and overcoming this stage. We’re going to cover the most commons symptoms that occur during the first trimester and what you should be doing to alleviate some of the downsides that come along with them.

First Signs of Pregnancy

The first trimester starts with the very first signs of pregnancy. Many women experience these symptoms before they even realize that they are pregnant.

Here are a few things to be on the lookout for:

  • Your period stopping
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Nipples may stick out
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or constant tiredness
  • Constant need to urinate
  • Odd food cravings
  • Unusual mood swings

If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to get a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with a doctor.

Fortunately, the symptoms will fade away with time. You won’t have to deal with these for 9 months. In most cases, these symptoms will gradually disappear at around week 16 to 20.  Additionally, it’s important to note that each and every pregnancy is different. Some women don’t experience any negative symptoms and even if you did with a previous child, it doesn’t mean you will have the same symptoms with your 2nd or 3rd pregnancy.

Coping with the First Trimester Symptoms

While first trimester symptoms are inevitable for some, there are some ways that you can lessen the negative effects on your body.

  • Lemons: It’s well known that lemons help reduce the early symptoms of pregnancy. Drinking lemon water in the morning or even inhaling lemons by sniffing them is a great way to reduce the symptoms.
  • Frequent Meals: During your entire pregnancy, it’s better to keep a full stomach by eating frequent meals but in smaller doses. An empty stomach can actually worsen your nausea, so frequent meals is an excellent approach worth considering.
  • Cold Meals: Snacking often and eating cold meals is going to help reduce nausea significantly. You can still enjoy a nice hot meal from time to time, but to keep your stomach happy, you should stick to cold meals most of the time.
  • Protein: Eating protein-rich foods is another excellent way to reduce your symptoms. Coconut oil is also a nice addition that you can add to most meals. It has numerous health benefits such as controlling your blood sugar levels.
  • Hydrate: You will also want to make sure you remain fully hydrated at all times. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Ginger ale and ginger tea are also great alternatives.

If your first trimester symptoms are severe, it’s important that you talk about them with your doctor. We also recommend taking prenatal vitamins on a regular basis in order to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that you and your baby need. Eating healthy foods is also very important step towards enjoying your pregnancy.

Another common symptom during pregnancy is an increased sense of smell. Some odors that you might not even notice while not pregnant, will become completely unbearable. It might be a good idea to avoid restaurants, where lots of different food odors can get you running towards the bathroom.

Stay healthy, keep hydrated and it will soon become much more bearable. The first trimester has the worst symptoms – fortunately it only lasts for a few weeks.