FIRST TRIMESTER: Weeks 1-12
If you have just found out you’re pregnant then – CONGRATULATIONS, that’s wonderful news!!
You will often hear that the first trimester of your pregnancy is the toughest and for many women this is true. It’s when the dreaded morning sickness hits and everything feels uncertain and can seem a little daunting at times. It’s also a time of such elation when you first take the test and see the positive result, when you see your baby on a scan for the first time and when you can share this beautiful secret with your close ones.
For us this was the trimester where some of our most magical and unforgettable memories were made. And despite the less than pleasant symptoms it was such a special time desperately waiting for each week to pass to see our babies grow more and more.
We used the Ovia fertility app to track ovulation and to see when we could effectively test to see whether we were pregnant, which I would highly recommend.
It can be quite a worrisome time too, which is completely normal. The not so patiently waiting for your first scan to see if your baby is ok and then waiting for the 12 week scan and genetic tests can be a very emotional experience.
You may also decide not to tell people your news until you have had the results of these tests and this in itself can prove to be difficult and feel very unnatural. I know my husband and I found this part tough; we didn’t feel ready to tell everyone our news, yet we found it really strange not talking about something that had literally changed our lives. We decided to tell our immediate family and closest friends not long after we found out as we knew we would need their support if anything went wrong and also wanted to share our journey with them too. So whatever you decide, make sure it’s right for you and never feel pressured to talk about it before you are ready. It’s a deeply personal experience and a decision you can only make together.
Once you have a positive home pregnancy result book a visit with your GP to confirm this via a blood test. Then make a visit to either your existing gynecologist/obstetrician or ask your GP or friends for recommendations, where you can then discuss the next stages and book in your first ultrasound scan.
During this trimester you will feel your body start to change and whilst you may not be able to see a bump yet you will certainly be aware of the changes happening inside you. Take this time to get used to the idea of soon becoming a mum and treating yourself with kindness. You don’t need to worry about doing lots of reading or preparation for your baby yet, that comes in trimesters 2 and 3. So just take each day at a time and keep healthy and happy between scans and marvel at your little miracle growing inside you.