What to Expect During Your First Trimester


firsttrimester When the doctor declares that ‘you are pregnant’, it is time to have regular interaction with the health care provider. Normally, during the First Trimester, which lasts about 12 weeks, the doctor will ask you to have check up once every four to six weeks.

What will doctor ask during the First Trimester?

1. Enquire general health condition: In the first checkup, the doctor will evaluate your general health condition. He will ask several questions about the family, previous pregnancies, details of allergies if any, any medicines being taken regularly, food habits, sleep habits, any genetic disorders in the family, whether you are a diabetic, menstrual cycle, history of any congenital abnormalities etc. It is always advisable that apart from what the doctor has asked, if you have any information to share with the doctor, do it without hesitation.

2. Tests: Thereafter, the doctor may advise Pap test, to ascertain there are no infections or other complications like cancer etc. To assess the pregnancy stage, cervix test and test of the uterus are undertaken.

In addition, he may also suggest for a blood test to determine the blood group, and the  Rh(rhesus) factor in the blood (a protein which is in the surface of the blood cells), and to determine whether there are any infections like Syphilis, mumps, measles, hepatitis B measles etc. Urine test ascertains the sugar and protein levels.  A diabetic condition could be harmful to kidney.

3. Advice on do’s and don’ts: He may suggest not to go on travel or to keep away from some specific exercises etc. Depending on the blood pressure, he may suggest to reduce the intake of salt.

He will advise you to stop smoking and taking alcohol and drugs. He may also ask you to stop taking certain medicines, which you may be taking regularly. In every visit, the doctor takes the blood pressure and evaluates the health of the baby.

4. Physical changes: Further, the doctor also educates you on the physical changes that normally take place in the body. Nausea, tenderness of the breasts, dizziness and frequent urination etc occur in early stages. These changes last for some weeks and gradually reduce by themselves.