HealthONE - March 28, 2019

What to Expect During the First Trimester

Your Condition:


Bodily changes to look for at this time include swelling and soreness of breasts and the urge to urinate more frequently as the uterus grows and presses against the bladder. Fatigue and morning sickness most commonly occur during the early stages of pregnancy. The nausea is caused by increased levels of hormones in your system.

Your Baby’s Development:

By the end of the 12th week, (1st trimester), the baby’s heart is already beating and the head is beginning to take form. Though only three inches long and about one ounce in weight, your baby can kick (though you won’t be able to feel it), smile, squint and swallow.

Outstanding Medical Staff:

Our medical staff consists of obstetricians, perinatologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, Anesthesiologist, Perinatal Nurse Practitioners, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to provide you with choices for quality care throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s birth. To find an obstetrician who meets your needs, call 1-877-432-5846.

Should you or your baby experience difficulties during your pregnancy or after delivery, we have immediate medical backup available to assist your personal physician or midwife.

Our facility also offers a range of childbirth preparation and pregnancy classes.

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First Trimester Checklist:

  • Schedule doctor’s appointments.
  • Develop an exercise program with your doctor’s help.
  • Review insurance coverage.
  • Brush up of the basics of healthy nutrition.

Financial Planning

Everyone’s insurance plan is unique. We encourage you to contact your carrier for precertification to confirm North Suburban Medical Center is an approved provider in your plan. If you do not have maternity insurance, we offer competitive pricing for pre-payment in a bundle plan which can be obtained through financial services. We can also direct you to physicians who accept self-pay patients. Call 303-450-4456 for more information.

Selecting An OB Provider

Find the right doctor to fit your needs and preferences during pregnancy.

Find an OB Provider Near You