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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