Your Pregnancy MD

Congratulations! In roughly nine months, you are going to be a new mother. Although you won’t look pregnant in the first trimester, you will definitely feel it. From morning sickness to fatigue to breast tenderness, the first 13 weeks of pregnancy is often the most challenging. The higher levels of hormones can wreak havoc on your body, your mood, and your life.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, better known as the first three months of pregnancy your body is undergoing many changes.

Among the more common changes or early pregnancy symptoms include; nausea, breast tenderness, frequency of urination, fatigue, skipped period and increase appetite. All of these experiences are perfectly normal and usually are your first indication that you are pregnant.

During your first trimester you will set up your first prenatal visit. The first prenatal visit is one of the most comprehensive of all visits during your pregnancy. At this time your healthcare practitioner will take a comprehensive medical history, conduct a full physical examination and do blood work. In many instances, your healthcare provider will perform an ultrasound exam to confirm the viability of your pregnancy. You may even hear the baby’s heartbeat.

The most confusing thing about your first prenatal visit, that we would like to point out, is the way doctors calculate your gestational age. The moment of conception is technically when you first became pregnant, but doctors don’t calculate your pregnancy weeks or your baby’s gestational age this way. Using the date of conception is too inaccurate; since a majority of women don’t know the time and day they conceived. Most women, however, can recall when they had their last period. So doctors use the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) and the first ultrasound measurements to calculate the gestational age of your baby.

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