A mother who remains in a positive state of mind throughout the duration of a pregnancy will help the fetus make a strong start in terms of development. This can be achieved by regularly listening to her favorite music and putting on some relaxing music for the child to listen to while in the womb. This will help both speech and audio development, with general guidelines being to place the speaker close to the abdomen before pressing play and listening to the soothing sounds for around 10 minutes per day.
Risk factors to be on the lookout for during the first trimester
Hyperemesis gravidarum (morning sickness): Most mothers will tend to experience severe morning sickness during the first trimester, including nausea, vomiting and a loss of appetite. However, mothers should continue to eat properly as a lack of nutrition could lead to mineral deficiencies that could affect both mother and baby, potentially resulting in the fetus not receiving sufficient nutrition for the development of its brain. For mothers who do experience mineral and vitamin deficiencies, if the symptoms associated with morning sickness also deteriorate, immediate medical attention should be sought.
- Vaginal bleeding: Bleeding stemming from the vagina poses a potentially fatal risk to both mother and child. The condition is particularly dangerous as it can occur at any time throughout a pregnancy, so any signs of its arrival should necessitate the mother seeking emergency medical attention.
- Severe lower abdominal pain: Lower abdominal pain is a regular occurrence for most pregnant women due to the uterine muscles expanding to support the developing fetus. However, where that pain becomes unbearably severe or continues for many hours at a time, medical attention should be sought to identify the cause of pain.
The risks posed to pregnant women during their first trimester can also depend on any congenital health disorders, including high blood pressure, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, anemia, thyrotoxicosis and thalassemia. Furthermore, the mother’s age can also increase the risks posed to her pregnancy, with mothers aged under 16 or over 40 always advised to consult a doctor before attempting to conceive.
Paying particular care and attention to the mother’s health during the first trimester of a pregnancy is essential. Eating a varied and healthy diet, partaking in regular light exercise, practicing mental wellbeing, and avoiding stress also play their part, as does being on the lookout for and not underestimating any irregular symptoms that may arise. This means placing your pregnancy under the care of a trusted medical institution and undergoing preeclampsia risk screening during those first three months, as such screening can reduce the risks by up to 90% and help to prevent preeclampsia 70% of the time. Crucially, pregnant women should always keep their doctor’s appointments, consult with their doctor should any irregularities occur, and avoid taking any medication not prescribed by a doctor in order to ensure the health of both mother and baby.
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