First Trimester - what to expect

From the first day of your period, right through to the end of week 12, you’re in the 1st trimester. There are some common body changes that happen around this time, but bear in mind that no two pregnancies are identical. In other words, don’t worry if your experiences differ from the ones mentioned here, or from the ones your friends are talking about.


If at any time you do feel something isn’t right, the best thing to do is see your doctor or midwife. Better to get it checked out to put your mind at ease.

Morning sickness always hits me in the afternoon

During your first trimester, you may experience nausea due to the surge of hormones during pregnancy. Known as morning sickness, it will generally peak around week 10, settling by weeks 12 &13.

Nausea can actually occur at any time of the day, some people experiencing it throughout their pregnancy. Keep in mind that it will all pass, and try these ways to reduce the nausea.


  • Ginger is good for relieving nausea. Try ginger biscuits or ginger ale
  • Have a milky drink before bed
  • Try sniffing a fresh lemon. Citrus smells can help.
  • Avoid tight waistbands – pressure on your tummy can often make you feel worse
  • Being tired can also add to feelings of nausea, make sure you get plenty of sleep
  • Eat small meals and snacks, rather than big meals. Toast and salty crackers are good.
  • Get out of bed slowly so your body doesn’t change positions too quickly. You can also try a cuppa and a small dry snack before you get up.


Today’s a good day to unwind


The first trimester means you’re in the most critical growth stage for your baby. It’s when all their tiny vital organs are forming. Your hormones will be going crazy, and it can take a toll on your energy levels. It’s perfectly normal to feel run down and emotional during the first trimester, so just relax and take it easy. Try catching up on some reading and DVDs – you’re more than entitled to some downtime!

Gentle exercise works wonders


You might find that light exercise actually increases your energy level. Walking, swimming and yoga are all good options. If you are in good health and you have been exercising regularly before becoming pregnant, you can likely continue your exercise routine. Avoid anything so strenuous that it gets your heart racing as this could deprive your baby of oxygen- remember now is not the time to start a new strenuous exercise regime! If you are unsure about what exercise is safe for you, always check with your health professional before starting to exercise.


Ditching the lace for comfy cotton


During the first trimester your breasts may start to feel sore, swollen or tingly. Your body seems to act on its own as, even at this stage, it prepares for breastfeeding. Make sure you have some comfortable bras to get you through. If you were planning on buying new ones, just be aware that your breasts will continue to change so you may not want to splurge.


My mouth seems to be watering all the time


Excess saliva production can affect some mums-to-be. It’s basically a by-product of your changing hormone levels during pregnancy. It’s especially common in the first trimester, and when you have morning sickness. It won’t last forever, and in the meantime try sucking on a lolly to help you swallow.