Congratulations, you are pregnant! Here’s your guide to the first trimester…
How you might be feeling…
Anything from sick, very tired and emotional to scared, happy and worried and that can all be in one day! If you are feeling emotional and worried, it can just be a case of riding it out but talking it through and sharing your news could be helpful.
Morning sickness – this can be due to low blood sugar or tiredness. You may need to eat as soon as you wake up and it can be a case of eating little and often throughout the day to ease the nausea and/or vomiting. If your vomiting is severe, talk to your midwife about it.
Fatigue – try to eat well, drink lots of water, rest and sleep when you can. It might feel like you just fall into bed at 8pm but, if that is what you need, then so be it! If you have an older child, don’t be surprised if you end up falling asleep during bedtime story time.
Pelvic pain – you may experience pain in your pubic bone or hips from quite early on, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. Do mention it to your midwife – seeing a physiotherapist could help with this.
By week 8: Your metabolism will speed up and your blood volume will start to increase, which can cause headaches.
By week 12: Your boobs and your waist may feel bigger and, as your uterus moves above your pubic bones, your bump may start to develop. After week 12, your energy levels might start to increase.
What’s happening in your body?
In those first few weeks, as soon as your egg is fertilised, the cells multiply fast and that is why you can be so tired – your body is working hard to grow a baby.
By the time you have missed your period, your fertilized egg has become an embryo – a ball of cells developing all your baby’s the vital organs and systems.
By 7 weeks your baby is about 1.2cm long.
By 12 weeks your baby is about 5.5cm long and he is now fully formed – your embryo is now a fetus.
Seeing your midwife
Contact your GP surgery to make an appointment to see a community midwife.
Your booking-in appointment will probably take place when you are about 10 weeks pregnant – this will be a long appointment as there is a lot of paperwork to complete and she will explain your pregnancy care to you.
You will be given your maternity notes and you will be asked to bring them with you to each midwife appointment.
Janine Smith | Birth, Baby & Family
A specialist in pregnancy, birth, babies and early parenting