First trimester of your pregnancy? Don’t overlook these important signs!

Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of a woman’s life and no doubt, it comes with lots of do’s and dont’s from your doctor, friends, and family. The first trimester of pregnancy is always crucial for the health of both the mother and the baby. Especially, if you are pregnant for the first time, the concern and care from everyone double. During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy(first trimester), a woman goes through a lot many emotions as everything is so new, so exciting and so overwhelming to her. No matter how you feel, you must be prepared for the changes you might experience, what they mean and which signs need a call to the doctor. However, followed are some symptoms that needed utmost care and an early doctor visit!

  • Bleeding

Approximately 20% of pregnant woman experiences slight bleeding in her first trimester. This spotting of redness can be a sign of the implantation of the fertilized embryos in the uterus. However, if the bleeding continues and there is sharp pain or cramping in your abdomen, call your doctor immediately. These could be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (A pregnancy in which embryos implants outside the uterus).

  • Morning Sickness or Nausea

Nausea or morning sickness is the most common pregnancy symptom, affecting 85% of pregnant women. It occurs due to the hormonal changes the body goes through and can last for the entire first trimester. For some women it is mild while for some this morning sickness is severe. This nausea is worst in the morning hours, with continuous vomiting you don’t even want to eat anything. To calm the nausea, try having small amount of rich in protein snacks, clear juice or ginger ale. Even though nausea is not something to worry about, but if it persists or gets severe, then you must visit your doctor. Constant throwing up and nausea can lessen the nutritional value in the mother and the baby to be born.

  • Discharge

It’s common to see the milky white discharge (also known as leucorrhoea) in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Though it is quite common, but if the discharge is foul-smelling, green, yellow, or there is lot of clear discharge, visit your doctor!

Apart from these, there are many chromosomal abnormalities and risks that are involved in the pregnancy. These chromosomal abnormalities occur when a child inherits one extra chromosome from their parents, and it can result in a child to be born with Down syndrome.  Down syndrome affects the learning capability in your to be child. However, a prenatal screening test in the first trimester of pregnancy (10th to 12th week) can detect the chromosomal abnormalities in the live birth. Non Invasive Analysis of chromosomal Examination (NACE) from IGENOMIX analyzes the most frequent chromosomal abnormalities without compromising the pregnancy and is completely safe for the mother and the baby.