You're pregnant, congratulations! Whether you have been tracking your pregnancy through fertility assistance, or you have found out naturally along the way; taking care of yourself and your baby for a safer pregnancy begins immediately.
Find out below some important factors to remember when tracking your first trimester of pregnancy. (Note: we are currently applying for funding to help us make this section interactive for an easier experience).
Did you know?
Increasing your folate intake during the first trimester is important to help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
Your baby is the size of a grape by 9 weeks gestation
Your baby's placenta is forming. An important organ that acts as a lifeline between you and your baby. At scans you can ask where your placenta is positioned - anterior or posterior - as this may impact when you start to feel baby move.
It is highly recommended to avoid smoking and drinking during pregnancy for the safety of you and your baby.
Remember that you and your baby are unique. Try not to compare your pregnancy to others.
Settling to sleeping on your side (any side) from 28 weeks pregnancy is extremely important. If you are not a natural side sleeper it may be wise to start practising side sleeping now, as new habits do take time to form and it's never too early to start!
YOU will be the one who knows your baby best. Don't be afraid to ask questions when meeting with your healthcare providers. You, your baby, and your healthcare providers are a team - remember this moving forward!