The First Trimester

Your Life & Body
From the editors of AmericanBaby.com

After you’ve recognized the very early signs of pregnancy and found a baby-conception calculator, learn what pregnancy symptoms you can expect in the first trimester.

“What’s happening to my body!?!” You may be wondering this already, even if you’re only a few weeks into your pregnancy. Check out these milestones that detail what to expect at doctor’s visits – and each time you look in the mirror.


Baby’s Due In…

…40-35 Weeks

The first trimester is often not kind on mom-to-be’s bodies thanks to nausea, fatigue, and bloatedness, but you need to avoid taking any over-the-counter medications until you have talked to your doctor or midwife about them. If you have a chronic medical condition or regularly take a prescription drug, be sure your doctor knows.

…34 Weeks

Your doctor or midwife may prescribe prenatal vitamins for you. Take them throughout your pregnancy, but don't add vitamin supplements on your own without getting an A-OK from your medical practitioner first.

…33 Weeks

You may notice your clothes feeling a tad snug. Enjoy wearing "regular" clothes while you can. Maternity wear is right around the corner.

…32 Weeks

This is the last week your unborn baby will be called an embryo – next week your baby officially becomes a fetus, and you’ll hear your doctor refer to your baby-to-be as one.

…31 Weeks

You may be finding that the nausea that marked your first weeks of pregnancy is waning. Tip: If you can't live without your morning cup of coffee, don't worry. Moderate amounts of caffeine are believed to be safe during pregnancy.

…30 Weeks

Good nutrition can make a huge difference in how you feel and how your baby grows. Make sure you're eating a healthy diet – and getting plenty of fluids – throughout your pregnancy.

…29 Weeks

At the end of this first trimester, you may have had your first sonogram. Check out the images for yourself: Baby's head is almost half of his entire body length!

…28 Weeks

At your 12-week visit you'll probably be able to hear your baby's heartbeat!

…27-25 Weeks

If you have an ultrasound test around now, your technician may be able to tell you if you're likely to have a girl or a boy. Do you want to know? Does the baby's father want to know? This is something you might want to discuss prior to testing.



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