In The First Few Weeks Of Pregnancy

What is the first trimester of pregnancy?

Pregnancy has three trimesters or stages. Each trimester is about 13 weeks or three months long. Pregnancy that is full-term lasts 40 weeks, or nine to ten months. Weeks will be used by your doctor to describe fetal development to you. The 13th week of pregnancy marks the end of your first trimester.

Despite what you may think, your pregnancy actually starts on the first day of your last period. This is called the gestational age of the pregnancy. Your due date is determined by a prenatal care professional by adding 40 weeks to the first day of your most recent period. This implies that by the time you become aware of your pregnancy, you are about four weeks along. This can be very confusing!.

Your normal menstrual cycle includes your period and ovulation in the first and second weeks of pregnancy, respectively. Your fallopian tube is where your egg travels to your uterus after you ovulate. If it comes into contact with sperm, they combine and get pregnant (fertilization).

Your uterus receives the fertilized egg during the third week of pregnancy. It divides into additional cells as it descends to your uterus. It enters your uterus and implants itself in the lining there. Your body then recognizes that you are pregnant as a result, and a number of changes take place. The majority of women who miss their period also test positive for pregnancy.

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Early pregnancy symptoms (at 4 weeks)

To begin with, you might not even exhibit any symptoms. Early pregnancy symptoms may appear once the pregnancy hormone “human chorionic gonadotrophin” begins to take effect.

Up until week 12 of your first trimester, you might encounter:

  • a missed period (often one of the first signs of pregnancy)
  • a metallic taste in your mouth
  • sore breasts
  • nausea – also known as morning sickness, although you can experience it at any time (read about morning sickness in week 6)
  • tiredness
  • new food likes and dislikes
  • a heightened sense of smell
  • needing to pee more frequently
  • a milky white pregnancy discharge from your vagina
  • light spotting as the fertilised egg burrows into your uterus (see your doctor if you get bleeding during pregnancy)
  • cramping, a bit like period pains
  • darkened skin on your face or brown patches – this is known as chloasma faciei or the “mask of pregnancy”
  • thicker and shinier hair
  • bloating (read about dealing with bloating in week 10)
  • Even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms but suspect that you might be pregnant, Everyone is unique, so no other woman will experience pregnancy exactly like yours.

    Pregnancy: The First Trimester

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