First Trimester


Pregnancy Massage with Pamela McCormack

First Trimester

Congratulations, you are about to embark on the magical journey of motherhood! The 1st Trimester is between 0-12 weeks, this is the most crucial for your baby.  During these weeks your baby develops and rapidly grows.  Your baby will develop all his/her limbs and vital organs.  By Six Weeks the first heartbeat begins and the central nervous system and circulatory system develop rapidly.  At 5-6 weeks you maybe experiencing some “morning sickness” (not only in the morning), but this should subside by 13 week. At 10 weeks, relaxin begins affecting joints, minimal structural changes occur.  By the end of the 1st Trimester your baby will have grown to 3.4inches and will weigh about 1.5onces. During weeks 9 to 12, foetal growth is rapid.

At the end of four weeks:

  •       Embryo is 1/4 inch in length
  •       Heart, digestive system, backbone and spinal cord begin to form
  •       Placenta (sometimes called “afterbirth”) begins developing
  •       The single fertilized egg is now 10,000 times larger than size at conception

 At the end of 8 weeks:

  •       Embryo is 1 1/8 inches in length
  •       Eyes, nose, lips, tongue, ears and teeth are forming
  •       Penis begins to appear in boys
  •       Embryo is moving, although the mother cannot yet feel movement
  •       Heart is functioning

 At the end of 12 weeks:

  •       Fetus is 2 1/2 to 3 inches long
  •       Weight is about 1/2 to 1 ounce
  •       Nails start to develop and earlobes are formed
  •       Fetus develops recognizable form
  •       Arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes are fully formed
  •       Eyes are almost fully developed
  •       By this stage, a fetus has developed most of his/her organs and tissues
  •       Fetal heart rate can be heard at 10 weeks with a special Doppler instrument

Pregnancy Massage in First Trimester

In the first trimester light energetic touch is used along with connection work for mum and baby.  Most women can lie comfortably face down, massage on the legs and feet using lymphatic drainage technique, which is light pressure moving toward your heart. Light pressure is also necessary on the abdomen.  The rest of your body can be massaged with as much pressure as you like. The baby is well protected by amniotic fluid.



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