What to Expect During Your First Trimester

Pregnancy is an exciting thing. But it can also feel scary and unpredictable at times. Whether it’s your first baby or your second or third (or more!) there are some common symptoms to look out for as well as appointments and benchmarkers you should be reaching during your first trimester.

First Trimester, First Appointment

Congratulations! You just found out you’re pregnant. Now what? Well, it’s time to schedule your first appointment. Here’s what you can expect with that initial meeting with us. First of all, we’ll give you a physical exam including a pap smear (if you haven’t had one in the last 6 months). From there, we’ll do some routine blood/urine tests, STD screenings, check the baby’s heartbeat, perform an ultrasound, and other screenings. You can also ask any questions you have at this time and we’d be happy to answer them. To finish off your appointment, we’ll schedule follow-up appointments every 4 weeks.

Physical Changes

Here are some physical changes and symptoms you may experience during your first trimester.

  • Breast tenderness and fullness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Cramping in your lower abdomen
  • Bloating in mid-abdomen
  • Increased urination
  • Food cravings/aversions
  • Constipation

In addition to these symptoms, you may also notice yourself feeling more emotional. That can manifest itself in a variety of ways including feeling moody, forgetful, or being unable to focus. Stress and other fatigue can worsen these symptoms.

Problems To Report

While the above symptoms are common and are likely not cause for concern, there are some things you should look out for during your first trimester. These problems are bleeding, abdominal pain or severe cramping, fever, chills, or other illnesses, accidents or falls, continuous vomiting, and watery discharge. If you experience any of these things, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can verify that you and your baby are both healthy and on-track with where you should be.

If you’re pregnant or are in need of other gynecological services, give our office a call today at 602-494-5050 to make an appointment.

Posted in: Obstetrics

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