Week 1 - 12
From the first day of your period, right through to the end of week 12, you’re in the 1st trimester. There are some common body changes that happen around this time, but bear in mind that no two pregnancies are identical.
- As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed you will need to choose a lead maternity carer otherwise known as LMC. Your LMC can be a registered midwife, obstetrician or family doctor. This is the person who will help to guide you through your pregnancy, the birth of your child and the first 4–6 weeks of parenthood.
- Aim to have your first LMC appointment in the first trimester.
- If you haven't started taking a folic acid supplement already, it is highly recommended that you start using one as soon as you find out about your pregnancy.
- Possible first trimester symptoms include - Extreme tiredness, sore breasts, nausea (morning sickness)
- During the first trimester your midwife will offer you an optional Nuchal Translucency scan, which measures the fold of skin at the back of your baby's neck to give an estimated risk of conditions such as down. syndrome
- During the first trimester, although very tiny, your baby becomes fully formed
- Many people choose to share the news of the pregnancy at the end of the first trimester as miscarriage risk is reduced from 12 weeks.