Changes to Your Body During the First Trimester

Many first time moms eagerly look forward to wearing maternity clothes and showing off their growing baby bump. If this is your first pregnancy, it may take some time to show. In reality, most women only gain 2-3 pounds during the first trimester and are not likely to show until around 5-6 months.

Many first time moms eagerly look forward to wearing maternity clothes and showing off their growing baby bump. If this is your first pregnancy, it may take some time to show. In reality, most women only gain 2-3 pounds during the first trimester and are not likely to show until around 5-6 months.

There are plenty of other changes going on with your body so even if you don’t need elastic waist bands just yet, here are a few things to watch for:

    • Morning sickness is often one of the first signs you’re pregnant, starting as early as three weeks into your pregnancy. This is your body’s initial response to the increased hormones in your body. Moms-to-be with morning sickness feel nauseous and may also vomit, but the term “morning sickness” can be misleading – it can hit you at any time of day or night. It’s generally not harmful to you or baby, and the good news is that it tapers off (for most) by the end of the first trimester. Be sure to stay hydrated, and try eating small snacks and meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. If you are excessively nauseous and sick, get in touch with your healthcare provider as there are safe remedies you can take under their advisement.
    • Expecting moms are often exhausted during the first trimester. This is normal. Try to get as much rest as possible. A healthy diet and regular exercise – even just a brisk walk – can also help.
    • Sore and swollen breasts are typically the first visible sign of pregnancy. Caused by increased hormones, your breasts may feel especially tender and appear larger. Be sure you’re wearing a supportive bra that fits correctly. You may need a larger size than you usually wear.
    • Many pregnant women experience some level of dizziness or light-headedness when pregnant, a result of significant changes to your cardiovascular system. Blood vessels dilate, blood pressure can drop, blood volume increases and your heart works harder.