First trimester of pregnancy
Your first trimester begins the day you conceive – or, as far as you're concerned, the moment you get that positive sign on the pregnancy test – and lasts until week twelve. Because it can take a while to start noticing any pregnancy symptoms, and to work out just how far along you are, most things worth mentioning are from week six onwards. There's still plenty of time to get used to the news and think about what's to come in the next nine months, but at this stage you're bound to have lots more questions than answers.
Your questions about the first trimester answered
- What are the earliest pregnancy symptoms?
- When is my baby due?
- What foods do I need to stop eating?
- Can I drink alcohol during pregnancy?
- Can I smoke during pregnancy?
- What does bleeding in early pregnancy mean?
- How much weight will I put on?
- When should I tell people I'm pregnant?
Things to do in the first trimester
- Book your first antenatal appointment
- Make sure you're taking folic acid
- (Continue doing your) pelvic floor exercises
- Have a 12-week scan
- Get measured for a new bra
- Announce your pregnancy – and be prepared for some unexpected reactions
- Join a Mumsnet antenatal club
- Find local pregnancy groups
- Sign up for antenatal classes
Pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester
- Morning sickness
- Weird cravings
- Headaches and migraines
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Back pain