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You are pregnant. Congratulations!
You are going to hold your baby in 9 months. You probably have seen the awesome news at the pregnancy test. However, it is very important to meet your healthcare professional as soon as possible, in order to ensure that the baby is safe and healthy, and receive all the appropriate information for the day to day care during your pregnancy.
Your baby’s development
The next 37 weeks, your body will perform the most amazing miracle. The miracle of life.
The 1st trimester is the most important out of the three. Baby’s organs begin to develop and crucial characteristics, such as gender, are determined.
Everything starts when dad’s sperm fertilizes mama’s egg and formed “the zygote”. After the 5th week the baby is called embryo and the period between 5th and 10th week is known as “embryonic stage”. During embryonic stage the nervous system is formed (brain, nerves, spinal cord) and baby’s heart is shaped. Moreover, secondary morphogenetic and structural characteristics such as the facial features, as well as the limbs and the muscles start to be formed. By the end of 1st trimester, kidney development starts and the embryo has 6cm length and weighs approximately 14gr.
You and your body
During the 1st trimester numerous hormonal changes affect you and your body. After baby implantation in uterus, your period stop and the released hormones prepare your body for pregnancy and ensure a healthy-baby development. Additionally, hormones circulation prepare the uterus for childbirth and breast for breastfeeding.
This intense hormonal circulation influence woman’s mood, leading to excess tiredness and irritation. Headaches, vomiting and mood swings are addressed as symptoms though there are the outcome of this hormonal “tsunami”.
In terms of outside body changes this trimester is dull. The belly just starts to show, while the breast increases in size and weight.
Inside the body, changes are exciting. This period is considered as the most dangerous for miscarriage and external caused abnormalities. Therefore, everything has to be controlled and intensive care need to be taken on nutrition factors, on exercise and on commutes.
Did you know that?
- You can hear your baby’s heart when you are about 8 weeks pregnant, but his heart has already been beating at 6th week (or the 22th day after ovulation).
- Pregnant’s blood pressure increases trying to support an extra organism. So it is crucial for the body to be well-hydrated.