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You’re Pregnant : The 1st Trimester

You might think, "Wow!  It worked!" or "Oh no!  What now?" or both.

You might have some early symptoms of pregnancy – sore breasts, moodiness, cramping, a little spotting (implantation spotting around day 21-22 of your cycle is normal and nothing to worry about) – or you may have none of these.

Your pregnancy is counted from the first day of your last period, which can be confusing since that was probably two weeks before your egg and sperm met!  But your doctor or midwife will count from there, so you might as well too.

 

Tasks:

  • Read the tasks from Trimester 0 – many are still relevant now.

  • Telling people you’re pregnant – your partner?  Your parents?  Your friends?  When do you tell them?  How?  It’s all up to you.  There is no right way or right time to do it.  Some women wait until the end of the First Trimester because of the small risk of miscarriage during this time.

  • Start taking a pregnancy vitamin tablet with folic acid.

  • Find a care-provider – do you want a doctor or a midwife?  Click here for our Resources page, where you’ll find both midwife and physician listings.

  • See your chosen care provider.  If you can interview a couple or care-providers and decide who you like best, that is ideal.  But often, given the demand in Victoria for midwives and maternity care doctors, there is not much choice.

    Upon your first visit your care-provider will probably ask about your medical history, examine you and get to know you a little; they may also order a few blood and/or urine tests.  You may be offered prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities and given information about maintaining optimal health for you and your baby during your pregnancy.

    Your care-provider will see you every 4-6 weeks until you get to 30 weeks.  Ask about getting a Pregnancy Passport to keep track of appointments, tests and results.

  • Continue your normal physical activity routine – unless you have some special risk, there is no need to reduce your activity.

  • If you are not regularly physically active, find an activity you can pursue throughout pregnancy – walk, swim, dance or consider starting a Prenatal Yoga or Fitness Class – these are a great opportunity to meet other pregnant women.

  • Come to Pregnancy Happy Hour on Friday evenings at the Mothering Touch Centre – "You don’t have to be showing to show up!"
  • Buy a pregnancy book or two.  Our favourites include:
    • Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin
    • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
    • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Click here to visit our Resources page for a list of local pregnancy, birth and early childhood resources.

Continue on to…

The 2nd Trimester : The Middle Months of Pregnancy

The 3rd Trimester : The Last Months of Pregnancy

The extra Trimester : Those First Three Months With The Baby

Or refer back to…

An Introduction to The 5 Trimesters

The 0th Trimester : Planning To Get Pregnant

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Planning To Get Pregnant : 0th Trimester

For some couples, this is like falling off a log.  They talk about it while cuddling in bed one night, idly speculating about how it would feel to have a baby and the next thing they know, they’re pregnant!  For others it is a long and difficult journey, fraught with disappointment and hope, waiting and hurrying, decisions and hesitations.

If you are planning a pregnancy sometime in the next year, consider the tasks below.  Remember that no-one can do ALL these things.  Choose the ones that make sense to you and that you think will make the most difference for you.

Half of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  So if you are already pregnant, don’t worry about the tasks you don’t have time to do.  Consider yourself lucky, you got to skip a grade!

 

Pre-Pregnancy Tasks:

  • Talk, talk, talk with your partner about your plans as co-parents.  This is a good time to work on your relationship and make it as strong and harmonious as possible.
  • Note that all the tasks below are just as important for the non-childbearing parent (the father or other-mother) to undertake.  The health of a child is affected by the health of the whole family, not just the mother’s.
  • See your doctor or midwife for a pre-conception check-up…
    • Discuss any prescription medications you are taking and consider replacing them with ones that are safe for pregnancy, if that is possible.
    • Discuss any concerns you may have about genetic conditions in your family – consider genetic testing or counselling.
    • Talk about taking folic acid, vitamin D and calcium.
    • Have your iron levels checked.
    • Update your vaccinations – Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus, if you’re due for a booster.
  • Is there anyone is your social circles who is carrying out doula training?  Planning happens 9 months to 2 years before the birth of your child and in between planning and birth a friend or an acquaintence could complete their doula courses and become available to assist you.  Keep your ears open for soon-to-be doulas.
  • See your dentist for a cleaning and a check-up.  Make sure your teeth are healthy, it affects you own general health.
  • Stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking recreational drugs – if you do.
  • Cut down on coffee or switch to decaf.  Caffeine is thought to restrict the growth of a developing baby by constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the uterus.
  • Evaluate your exposure to environmental toxins in your workplace or your home and reduce it as much as possible.
  • Improve your nutrition by eating nutrient-dense foods, emphasizing whole grains, vegetable and fruit, lean protein and high-quality fats.
  • Limit your intake of salt and caffeine.
  • Be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Start or continue a physical activity you can pursue during your pregnancy (yoga, swimming, hiking etc)

Click here to visit our Resources page for a list of local fertility resources.

Continue on to…

The 1st Trimester : The First Three Months of Pregnancy

The 2nd Trimester : The Middle Months of Pregnancy

The 3rd Trimester : The Last Months of Pregnancy

The extra Trimester : Those First Three Months With The Baby

Or refer back to…

An Introduction to The 5 Trimesters