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Nausea, fatigue, tender breasts, irritability: The first 12 weeks of pregnancy, also called "the first trimester," can be full of challenges. Thankfully, these symptoms typically lessen (or even fully pass) during the second and third trimesters. For more information about early signs of pregnancy, check out this blog post.
So while you are experiencing all of these physical, hormonal, and emotional changes, what's happening with your baby?
The first trimester is so important for baby. At 5 weeks, your baby is developing all of his/her major organs, like the brain, stomach, kidneys, and heart. In fact, you should be able to hear baby's heartbeat via a sonogram as early as week 8! From weeks 5-8, little arms and legs, hair, skin, and nails are forming. Around week 8, baby's senses are developing (touch, taste, etc.), and around week 9, you can even find out your baby's gender through a DNA Blood Test. By 10 weeks, baby's eyes and teeth are formed!
By the end of the first trimester, baby might be moving around a lot - maybe even sucking his/her thumb! While you may not feel baby's movements just yet, you will soon! And look at how fast your baby is growing:
4 weeks - Poppy Seed
6 weeks - Sweet Pea
8 weeks - Raspberry
10 weeks - Strawberry
12 weeks - Plum
The first trimester of pregnancy can be a whirlwind, but it's super important that you take care of yourself by eating well, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water. If possible, you also want to schedule your first doctor's appointment to make sure you and baby are healthy.
If you think you might be pregnant, schedule an appointment with Birth Choice for your free pregnancy test today. We may even be able to perform an ultrasound at your first appointment (if not, we can reschedule you for a later date). We can also connect you to a doctor to begin prenatal care, enroll you in our education program for pregnancy classes, and offer material assistance - all at no cost to you. Learn more about our free and confidential services on our website.
Call us at 214-631-2402 or schedule online.