What To Expect | 1st Trimester

1st Trimester - What to expect

The first trimester was a strange one for me because I was in complete denial that I was pregnant even after two positive pregnancy tests and not because I didn't want it to be true but because I lacked the most common pregnancy symptoms that EVERYONE told me would no doubt come during pregnancy but never did and so up until my 12 week scan I was very worried that if I was genuinely pregnant something was wrong or I wasn't pregnant at all and I'd jumped the gun by telling my family members which is why I really regretted telling everyone the news so soon which you can read about in my "Why I regretted telling everyone I was pregnant so soon" post. 

Coming to terms with your pregnancy 
The beginning of the first trimester I found is really coming to terms with the fact you're pregnant. In my experience, it took me a few weeks to turn my nervousness to excitement and even then the nerves don't 100% disappear but they won't, having a baby is a life-changing experience and it wouldn't be normal if you weren't the slightest bit nervous for the new adventure you're about to embark on. 

Start taking folic acid supplements
As soon as you find out you're pregnant you should definitely start taking your folic acid supplements, there are so many different types of folic acid tablets but they don't have to be the most expensive on the shelf to do the job, if you're a bit overwhelmed with the selection just ask your pharmacist which one they would recommend for your price range etc. I swore by Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original tablets

Booking first midwife appointment/Registering your pregnancy 
After you've come to terms with the news you'll need to contact your GP and if you don't have one, nows the time to register to a doctors surgery near you so they can refer you to a midwife. In my experience, I went to my local doctor's surgery but was told to register my pregnancy online and await a midwife appointment which felt like forever to come around but you don't normally have your first appointment until you're 8-10 weeks pregnant.
 On the first midwife appointment, your midwife will go through your pregnancy notes with you and fill out all relevant information and give you leaflets upon leaflets to guide you through your pregnancy. You'll become very attached to your notes/information packs as you'll bring them EVERYWHERE with you for the next 9 months, in case of emergencies. I kept my notes in my handbag so I wouldn't forget them but I didn't bother bringing them to the local shop with me just to grab some milk but that's completely up to you.

Pregnancy Symptoms 
If your pregnancy symptoms weren't how you found out you were expecting then expect some to make an appearance soon and don't worry if you don't have all the common symptoms that everyone warns you about, EVERY pregnancy is different. I didn't suffer from morning sickness at all (I was a lucky one) but this only made me worry because everyone told me I'd no doubt be living with my head in the toilet for the beginning of my pregnancy so when that didn't happen it just planted a seed of doubt but I surely made up for it with other symptoms like tender breasts, heartburn... and the list goes on!  

First Scan
After what feels like an eternity it will be time to go for your first scan, it's one of the best feelings ever and if your pregnancy didn't feel real up until this point, it certainly will now. I spent days staring at my scan photos and grinning like a Cheshire cat, it makes you feel so warm inside, it's a real highlight in pregnancy. 

Disclaimer* - I'm not a doctor/health care professional and all information is from experience and a personal opinion! 

What helped/is helping you get through the first trimester? 


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