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Share Five big concerns of pregnant women in the first trimester: do you feel identified?

Silvia Díaz @madreaventura

From the moment we see the positive pregnancy test, the doubts, fears and worries begin to surface almost irrationally, and it is likely that they even accompany us throughout the pregnancy. Quiet, it is something normal and usual among most pregnant women, and that is that our baby happens to occupy most of our thoughts!

With today's article we want to start a series of post where we will analyze the most common concerns of pregnant women according to the stage of gestation in which they are. We start with the first trimester: the adventure begins!

Everything will be OK?

In most cases, since we confirm pregnancy through a pharmacy test until we see our baby in the first ultrasound can take days, or even weeks, depending on each case.

And not you, but I remember those days of waiting with a lot of anguish and anxiety : Am I really pregnant? Everything will be OK? Will there be a beat? Will they be one or two babies? ... There are many doubts and concerns that assail us until confirmation through the image test, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful moments that are experienced throughout the pregnancy .

Afraid of losing the baby

Once the pregnancy has been confirmed by ultrasound, the fear of having a miscarriage is perhaps one of the biggest concerns that appear during the first trimester. But if in addition, the woman has already gone through this experience previously, the fear can become even stronger and recurrent.

In most of the occasions, the natural abortion happens without a justified cause reason why it is difficult to avoid that it happens. However, there are certain risks associated with spontaneous abortion that we can prevent, such as:

  • Maternal causes such as uterine alterations, immunological, systemic or infectious diseases, could be treated before looking for pregnancy or / and monitoring especially during pregnancy.

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco consumption, and lead a healthy diet and lifestyle.

  • Have a healthy weight before and during pregnancy.

  • Do not take any medication that is not prescribed by the doctor, because not all are recommended during pregnancy, and some are not especially in the first trimester.

Fear of hurting the baby

This is another recurring concern during pregnancy and also begins from the first moment we see the two lines in the test. And is that we are immediately aware that the life of our baby depends largely on us, so it is normal to continually ask ourselves if we are doing something that may be harming him.

Can I continue doing this sport? I have stress, can it affect pregnancy? My head hurts, can I take this medication? I have a cold, can it affect my baby? ... How many doubts arise at every moment!

Apart from the advice mentioned in the previous point to carry a healthy pregnancy, it is important to go to all the medical checkups, to have confidence with our gynecologist or midwife, and never to be left with any doubt, however absurd it may seem.

And this, can I eat it?

This is another of the questions that concern us and we do on several occasions throughout the pregnancy, especially when we eat away from home or we have the opportunity to consume some unusual food in our usual diet.

Although the normal thing is that in our first visit to the gynecologist, the doctor or midwife give us the guidelines to maintain a healthy diet and avoid some foods that could be harmful at this stage, it is important to remember that:

  • To avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis, we should not take raw or undercooked meat (including sausages), or fruits or vegetables that are not peeled or washed.

  • We should not consume raw or undercooked fish or seafood, due to the possible risk of anisakis allergy.

  • Cook eggs well to minimize the risk of poisoning due to food contamination such as salmonellosis.

  • Reduce the consumption of sweets, sugary drinks, coffee or tea to the maximum.

  • Minimize or avoid the consumption of large fish such as swordfish, shark, bluefin tuna and pike, due to its high mercury content.

  • Do not eat fresh milk without pasteurizing or cheeses and desserts made with this milk. We must also avoid moldy cheeses such as roquefort or cabrales, and fermented cheeses such as feta or cambembert (even if they are made with pasteurized milk), because of the risk of contracting listeriosis.

  • And of course, no alcohol.

Will my body change a lot?

Throughout pregnancy , the woman's body changes and adapts to the new life that grows inside her: the belly increases and changes shape, the skin stretches, the hips become wider, the navel can change shape and the breasts also increase in size. Although logically each body is a world, in most cases the changes are common and noticeable to almost all pregnant women.

Many women accept this "process of transformation" emotionally and happily, but there may be times when we do not see each other well in the mirror and ask ourselves how our body will look after we have given birth, or perhaps we are particularly overwhelmed by the changes that we will experience throughout the pregnancy.

All these feelings and emotions are normal, so my advice is to live the changes fully, lean on those who love us, and remember at all times how wonderful is the woman's body, which is capable of gestating a life inside.

And before we want to give an account we will have reached week 12 and with it the second quarter, which will be plagued by new doubts that will be discussed later. And you, do you feel identified with these common fears in the first quarter? Would you add any more?