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What to expect in the First Trimester

There is nothing more exciting than finding out you are expecting a baby. Chances are you may have been trying to conceive, for many this journey started months, maybe even years ago and seeing that positive sign on the pregnancy test fills you with joy and excitement – finally you are pregnant.

By the time you actually find out, you are likely to be around 4 weeks pregnant and about a third of the way through your first trimester. At this stage your baby is the size of a poppy seed but these first few weeks are vital in baby’s development. From week 4 to week 10 your baby’s vital organs will begin to develop and some will even function. If you are not already taking pregnancy vitamins and folic acid, now is a good time to start and if you take any medication it is worth checking with the pharmacist or doctor if ok to take while pregnant.

As soon as you find out you are pregnant you will need to inform your doctor’s surgery which will probably just require you to fill out a form. By 10 weeks you will have met your midwife and had your Booking-In session which requires you to talk through both yours and your partner’s family health history and they are also available to answer any questions you have. You will also receive your pregnancy notes which are to be kept with you at all times and taken to all appointments.
In the first few weeks / months, you may not feel any difference, yet for others they may already be feeling some changes. Your breasts may start feeling tender and you may be experiencing fatigue – listen to your body and rest as much as possible. You may also start noticing you are visiting the toilet more regularly and over the coming weeks you may start to experience morning sickness, however these symptoms can be at any time of day. Some women experience very light symptoms, others may suffer more, the main thing to remember is these are all positive side effects and before you know it you will be holding your little baby in your arms. To find our more read; the early days of Pregnancy on the NHS website.

Enjoy these early months in the exciting journey of motherhood.

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