1st Trimester: The Baby Steps
Motherhood is a journey with life-altering experiences - which makes it a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. If you just found out that you are going to be a mom, then you are probably as anxious, as you are excited.
What you must know is that all is going to be absolutely okay. Sure - it’s a bumpy ride - but with the correct lifestyle choices made along the way, you will sail through easily.
You will always remember the first time you found out that you are going to be a mom.
The urine stick-test, the moment of announcement to your significant other – it’ll all be a part of cherished memory.
You won’t notice your baby growing bigger by the day, right away - but you will undoubtedly feel the bond of unconditional love.
The period of 1st trimester of pregnancy will also mark the initial days when nausea might trouble you. Plenty of rest and breakfast in bed can really help you keep it at bay. Sniffing lemons is another trick you could try to avoid morning sickness.1
While the hormones are raging inside, don’t forget to have a ‘good morning’ by doing your bit by eating healthy.
While everyone around you is going to suggest you the Dos and Don’ts on what to eat, one thing you certainly know is that your diet is going to change considerably. You will need to adapt to a new diet and ensure that you and your baby are getting all the essential nutrients. By the time you are in your second month of pregnancy, the baby’s brain and the spinal cord are well formed. And in the third month, the baby’s brain starts to function properly and can send signals for involuntary movements to open mouth and fists.2 So make sure your diet consists of green leafy vegetables for Folic Acid, important for neural development and DHA - from food items like eggs, walnuts, fish and mushrooms - for it plays a major role in the baby’s brain development.3
Food cravings during pregnancy might come and go, but what must always be there on your plate is a well-balanced diet which includes the important supplements your gynaecologist has prescribed. Balanced diet during pregnancy is a must, even if you are travelling outside. You can carry some nutritious food and a water bottle with you - with time, you will get used to the loo breaks but do not forget to keep yourself hydrated at all times.4
Feeling The Life Inside
During your 1st trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s heart starts to develop from the 3rd week and your gynaecologist will be able to help you hear it in the 2nd or 3rd month.
Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is an experience that will stay with you forever. The beating heart needs to grow stronger; the baby’s brain needs to develop more and it is going to grow bigger. And for that, your baby will need your constant support. Nearing the end of your 1st trimester of pregnancy, your baby has already grown from the size of a rice grain into an active soon-to-be kicking baby. Just make sure, your baby is getting the uncompromised nutrition it needs.
Here’s hoping that your first step into motherhood is as comfortable as it is rewarding.