Parenting & Pregnancy: What to expect during the first trimester

Morning sickness is a misnomer because it really tends to happen all day. A lot of the time it can be from having an empty stomach, so Dr. Schnapper suggests a few crackers in the morning and separating meals into smaller, more frequent ones.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 7:14 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:04 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Roughly nine months before a baby is born there are many signs a woman is pregnant.

“Usually first trimester there is nausea. A lot of things other women experience are fatigue and breast tenderness,” said Dr.Tina Schnapper, Women’s Care.

Morning sickness is a misnomer because it really tends to happen all day. A lot of the time it can be from having an empty stomach, so Dr. Schnapper suggests a few crackers in the morning and separating meals into smaller, more frequent ones.

There are also other tools to combat sickness in the first three months.

“For nausea a lot of women use pressure-point bands, they're called sea bands. Also, ginger is recommended. Some will take vitamin B6. And there are also prescription medications for women that have very severe nausea,” Dr. Schnapper says.

Pregnant women should avoid raw meat and fish high in mercury. They shouldn’t scoop cat litter because it may contain a parasite that can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. They should avoid travel to Central and South America due to the threat of the Zika virus.

Pregnant women should also limit their caffeine to one caffeinated beverage a day.

“Most studies, these were done in other countries, if there were more than two caffeinated beverages a day it increased the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester,” Dr. Schnapper says.

Parenting & Pregnancy airs the first Wednesday of every month on KEZI 9 News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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